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Documentary Packed in a Trunk Unveils Edith Lake Wilkinson's Lost Art

In 1924, under dubious circumstances, painter Edith Lake Wilkinson was committed to an asylum for the mentally ill. Her paintings were locked away in a trunk, mailed to a relative, and cloistered for 40 years. Now, HBO documentary Packed in a Trunk brushes off the dust and returns Wilkinson’s artwork to daylight. » 7/07/15 3:15pm 7/07/15 3:15pm

Police Have Shot 123 Mentally Ill or Distraught People So Far in 2015

A vitally important new analysis from the Washington Post found that one-quarter of the people shot dead by police this year—123 out of 461—were mentally ill or emotionally distraught. The Post found, too, that more than half of the killings involved police agencies whose officers weren’t properly trained in dealing… » 6/30/15 8:30pm 6/30/15 8:30pm

Tyrelle Shaw, Who Attacked Asian Women, May Have Had Bipolar Disorder 

The New York Times ran a deeply reported story yesterday on the short, unhappy life and violent death of Tyrelle D. Shaw, a bow tie designer who called himself “Mr. Talented” and who was wanted in a series of violent attacks against Asian women. On his blog, Shaw said he would “hit over a million Asian Women in the… » 6/29/15 11:30am 6/29/15 11:30am

Mentally Ill Afghan Woman Beaten to Death by Mob of Men 

A 27-year-old Afghan woman was buried Sunday after being beaten, pushed off a roof and stoned to death by an angry mob of men who believed she had been burning a Quran. The woman, known only as Farkhunda, was mentally ill, according to her family. The men who killed her then tied her body to a car, dragged it to a… » 3/23/15 3:10pm 3/23/15 3:10pm

Fox Business Host to Woman: Your Bipolar Disorder Is a Made-Up 'Fad' 

Fox Business radio host Tom Sullivan has some thoughts on mental illness and those thoughts are—you better sit down for this one—pretty dumb. Sullivan told a caller recently that her bipolar disorder was probably just Feelings and also a total fad designed to make money off suckers like her. You may be surprised to… » 1/30/15 5:40pm 1/30/15 5:40pm

Conspiracy Theorist Inmate Sues Jay and Bey Over Stolen Lyrics

We're all pretty aware by now that Jay Z, Beyoncé, and others of the elite celebrity ilk are all members of the Illuminati, responsible for shit including but not limited to the French Revolution, the assassination of JFK, and the KFC DoubleDown (probably). But according to a new lawsuit, they are also thieves… » 5/01/14 2:50pm 5/01/14 2:50pm

This webcomic captures the day-to-day horrors of living with depression

Depression can be a difficult illness to understand if you've never experienced it, and depressive episodes can be incredibly isolating experiences. But the webcomic Depression Comix offers a peek into the depressed mind while helping a lot of depressed folks feel less alone. » 1/08/14 9:00pm 1/08/14 9:00pm

Capitol Shooting Coverage Is Getting Postpartum Depression All Wrong

We don't know much about 34-year-old dental hygienist Miriam Carey, who was shot and killed by police yesterday after she crashed into a barricade outside the White House and led a high-speed chase to the U.S. Capitol — with her toddler still in her carseat — but we do know that her shooting has given pundits yet… » 10/04/13 2:50pm 10/04/13 2:50pm

Magazine Calls Terrifying Mentally Ill Stalker a 'Lovesick' Victim

A recent magazine feature on a man with Asperger syndrome who's currently in jail for pining after the girl of his dreams — who, in his mother's words, "became a nightmare" since he met her 20 years ago — implies that he's the real victim. The woman he's stalked since middle school feels differently. » 7/31/13 4:25pm 7/31/13 4:25pm

That Woman Is Not Adam Lanza's Mother, and She's Distracting Us From…

In light of last Friday's tragic school shooting, some people are arguing that gun control is just a band-aid, and that access to mental health services in this country is the real problem. But the thing is, if I cut myself, I'm not going to say, "No, no band-aid for me, thanks! It won't heal the wound completely on… » 12/17/12 12:00pm 12/17/12 12:00pm

It Might Be Harder to Recognize Signs of Depression in Men

A recent study by the Department of Psychology at the University of Westminster in London has found that depression, though significantly more common in women, is much more difficult to recognize in men. Researchers presented a sample group (1,218 UK adults) with the following vignette that, in non clinical terms,… » 11/15/12 6:00pm 11/15/12 6:00pm

For a Super-Smart Baby, Leave It in Your Uterus Forever

As medical technology has gotten amazingly advanced, and we've gained more and more control over how and when babies are born, we tend to think that as long as you're not extremely premature, it doesn't really matter exactly how long a baby cooks in its mother's womb. Well, think again. Two new studies have found that… » 7/03/12 1:00pm 7/03/12 1:00pm