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Study of Veterans Details Genetic Basis for Anxiety, Links Anxiety and Depression

Some of the variants associated with anxiety had previously been implicated as risk factors for bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. The new study further contributes the first convincing molecular explanation…
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The Cost of Caring for Mentally Ill Inmates

State spending on mental health care for prison inmates has nearly quadrupled in the past two decades. Expenditures on the Colorado Department of Corrections’ “mental health subprogram” increased from about $4.4 million in fiscal…
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Prisons Are Housing Mental Health Patients Who’ve Committed No Crimes

Andrew Butler was a popular kid at Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire, an honors student who was captain of the football and wrestling teams. Then, during college, Andrew tore his leg muscles, making even walking to class difficult.…
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Mentally Ill South Florida Man Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Alleges – The Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred…
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What Does a Criminal Law Attorney Need to Know About Psychosis?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Psychosis is a condition that distorts attunement with reality. Throughout the years, there have been many criminal cases involving this rather complex illness. Due to its nature as a mental…
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Inflammation in Pregnant Moms Linked to Child’s Brain Development – National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH-funded researchers are connecting the dots between inflammation in a pregnant human mother and possible effects on her young child’s developing brain. So far, they have linked high levels of maternal inflammation during pregnancy to reduced…
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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished for Their Symptoms – NPR

By some accounts, nearly half of America's incarcerated population is mentally ill — and journalist Alisa Roth argues that most aren't getting the treatment they need. Read more.
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How I Learned Not to Call 911 – The Village Voice

Joshunda Sanders of The Village Voice discusses how he learned how to avoid calling 911 for help with a mentally ill parent. Read more.
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Suspect Molecules Overlap in Autism, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder – National Institute of Mental Health

A new study finds that disorders with significant overlap in genetic risk factors also had significant overlap in gene expression and shared dysfunction in similar molecular pathways. Read more.
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Information on Inmates with Serious Mental Illness and Strategies to Reduce Recidivism- Government Accountability Office

About two-thirds of inmates with a serious mental illness in the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) were incarcerated for four types of offenses—drug (23 percent), sex offenses (18 percent), weapons and explosives…