mental health

Mental Disorders
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

The Horrors Of Hoarding

A small business in Cambridge, Mass., has piles of papers crowding the property. March 2010.
Flickr Photo/Robert Francis

With the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) coming out in May, hoarding is set to become an officially recognized mental disorder. To learn more about hoarding, Ross Reynolds talks to Karen Kent, clinical supervisor of behavioral health services at Evergreen Health.

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Sexuality & Politics
11:53 am
Thu February 21, 2013

House Bill Would Regulate Conversion Therapy

Rep. Marko Liias speaks during the debate before a House vote on gay marriage Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

A new House bill proposed by State Representative Marko Liias would establish a panel to investigate the effects of sexual orientation conversion therapy -- also known as 'straight camp' -- for minors in Washington state. Liias is one of several openly gay legislators in Washington, and he said in a press release that conversion therapy has “no basis in science or medicine, and it is vital that we bring together the proper health experts to better understand the impacts.”

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Mental Health Services
6:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Navigating A Fragmented System

Trez Buckland and her son Jon. Jon was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 17. He had been hearing voices since third grade.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Recent shooting tragedies around the country have raised questions about our mental health system. One of those questions is: Where do you go when someone in your family has mental illness? This is a story of one Seattle family’s journey for help and the lessons learned along the way.

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Troops And Mental Health
12:02 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Group Wants More Recognition For Soldiers With Post Traumatic Stress

Purple Heart medal
Photo courtesy US Marine Corp

Army Secretary John McHugh will be at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday. He’ll be briefing reporters on the results of an Army-wide review of soldier behavioral health evaluations for post-traumatic stress disorder. The comprehensive review was the result of a smaller investigation that began after a forensic psychiatry team at Madigan Army Medical Center in Lakewood was found to have reversed some soldiers' PTSD diagnoses.

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Mental Health
12:40 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Why Are Women More Depressed Than Men?

Flickr Photo/Majicdolphin

Women around the world are 2 to 6 times more likely than men to suffer from depression. Today Ross talks to author Dana Jack about her new book “Silencing the Self Across Cultures,” where she explores the reasons for the troubling sadness and silence of women across the globe.

Sports Business
9:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Deal Is Near To Bring NBA's Kings To Seattle

Investor Chris Hansen waves to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Seattle. The rally featured former SuperSonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson


The return of NBA basketball to Seattle appears closer than ever. Investor Chris Hansen announced on Monday that he's reached an agreement with the Maloof family to buy a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings. The deal still needs formal approval from the NBA’s owners. Meanwhile, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is hopeful he can keep the team in town. How do you put a number on a pro basketball franchise? We talk with Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist.

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No Beds For Mentally Ill
12:38 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

King County Calls For Fix In State Mental Health System

Many criminal defendants waiting for mental evaluation before civil commitment end up at Harborview's emergency department.
Seattle Municipal Archives Flickr

King County is facing a major problem. It doesn’t have enough beds for mentally ill people going through the court system. The county has nowhere to send them, and some are being released without treatment.

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Psychology
8:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

"The Wisdom Of Psychopaths" With Kevin Dutton

'The Wisdom Of Psychopaths' by Kevin Dutton.
Credit Courtesy Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"Psychopath" is a weighted, sometimes terrifying word. But psychologist Kevin Dutton makes the argument that not all psychopaths are violent. In fact, some of their qualities -- fearlessness, confidence, charisma -- set them up for success in today's society. Dutton spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on Oct. 30, 2012.

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Tragedy And Coping
4:37 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Breaking The Silence Around Suicide

Author Kim Stafford writes about his brother's suicide in '100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do.'
Credit Courtesy Kim Stafford

Editors' Note: This story contains descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know might be suicidal, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800.273.8255 (800.273.TALK).  Support groups and grief counseling for survivors can be found throughout the Puget Sound region.

Portland writer Kim Stafford has struggled to make sense out of the suicide of his brother Bret for 25 years. Though Bret was just 14 months older, Kim always looked to his brother as a leader and teacher. When he shot himself at age 40 in 1988, nobody in Bret’s family knew how much he was struggling.

Members of the Stafford family, even their father and famous poet William Stafford, couldn’t bring themselves to speak or write about Bret's loss. It was largely up to Kim Stafford to break the family silence.  Kim’s new memoir, “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do:  How My Brother Disappeared,” is the story of his brother’s life and death and its devastating and transformational effect on Kim and his family.

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International News
9:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

The Risks Of Reporting From Syria

About 200 Turkish journalists march to the Syrian embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, to demand Syria free their colleagues Turkish cameraman Cuneyt Unal and Bashar Fahmi. Unal has been released, but Fahmi's status is still unknown.
Credit AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 28 reporters have been killed Syria this year — making it one of the most dangerous places on earth for the media to cover. What makes reporting from Syria so dangerous, and why do journalists continue to risk their lives for the story? 

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Mental Health Funding Gap
7:26 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Newtown Shooting Raises Questions About Mental Health Funding

Washington state has cut funding for mental health services by more than 15 percent since 2009.
Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Little information is available yet to conclude whether the shooter in Newtown, Conn., was diagnosed with, or treated for, mental illness. But last week’s incident has raised questions around the country about mental health and funding for treatment and services. 

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Mental Health
9:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Looking At The Link Between Mental Illness And Violence

Is there a link between mental illness and violence?
Credit Flickr Photo/Majicdolphin

Officials have not yet released any information on the mental state of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter, but anecdotal reports about his behavior and character have led people to diagnose him with a myriad of mental illnesses. At what point does conjecture lead to stigmatization of people with mental illness? Is it fair to connect violence with mental illness? We talk about it with Dr. Jennifer Stuber of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

Highlights from Dr. Struber's interview available here.
 

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Suicide Prevention
3:56 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Military Suicide Prevention Should Include Personal Weapon Disclosure, Retired General Suggests

General Peter W. Chiarelli, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, retired
US Army

Suicide is now the number one cause of death for US troops. Nationally, more than two-thirds of suicides of active duty troops involve firearms. Most are personal weapons.

Former vice chief of staff for the Army General Peter Chiarelli wants commanders to have the ability to talk to distressed troop members about their private weapons as part of an effort to reverse the trend.

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Health
11:52 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Medicating Children

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Kids and drugs don't mix, unless you're talking about antipsychotic medication. Then they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

From 2001 to 2007, the number of preschool-age kids on such drugs increased by almost half. Between 1996 and 2005, school-age kids using anti-depressants increased even more. Experts disagree on whether we're overmedicating our youth.

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Military
4:58 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Wash. Senator Patty Murray Wants Timeline For DoD Mental Health Diagnosis Reviews

US Senator Patty Murray.

Washington Senator Patty Murray has asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to provide a timeline for a review of how the military diagnoses PTSD and other behavioral health issues.

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