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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2011



Houston doctor offers solution for service members with PTSD

KHOU 11 News

May 30, 2011


HOUSTON - A Houston doctor is working on something that could help the many service members who return from the battle field suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder.  ... He said resetting the brain, lining it back up through stimulation, is the key.  And by mapping the brain, he believes he can tell when the patient is ready for therapy. 



Judge addresses County's waste

Highlands Star Crosby Courier

May 31, 2011


CROSBY- Harris County Judge Ed Emmett addressed the Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce on county problems and projections.  ...We have got to address the mental health of our county. The largest mental health facility in the State of Texas is the Harris County Jail. On any given night, there are more people there receiving psychotropic medications than any other facility in Texas.  ... M.H.M.R.A. can provide mental health services for about $30 a day in the jail we spend about $300 to $500 a day. 



Nonprofit group meets needs of female veterans, growing demographic

Dallas Morning News

May 29, 2011


RICHARDSON - ...Grace After Fire offers online resources and support groups across Texas for female veterans, who make up about 8 percent of the U.S. veteran population, according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. That number is expected to double by 2035.  ... Grace After Fire's online database also provides information for dealing with domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual assault, depression and other issues. 



IN THE LINE OF FIRE: Documents reveal Sharp's possible motives, preparation for attack

McKinney Courier-Gazette

May 28, 2011


...Some of the post-incident reports, obtained by the McKinney Courier-Gazette through an open records request with the DPS' main office in Austin, paint Sharp as a psychotically depressed individual suffering from dreams of violent fantasies and a love for guns. 



Man with Mental Disorder Last Seen Near County Jail

MyFox Houston

May 31, 2011


HOUSTON - Houston police are asking for help from the public to find a 26-year-old man who was last seen outside one of the Harris County Jail buildings near downtown Houston. He has a mental disorder and does not speak English fluently. 





Troubled Veterans and Early Deaths After Iraq

The New York Times

May 28, 2011


This month, the Department of Veterans Affairs informed the parents of William Hamilton, an Iraq war veteran, that it was not responsible for his death. Mr. Hamilton had been admitted nine times to a V.A. psychiatric ward in Palo Alto. He saw demon women and talked to a man he had killed in Iraq. His parents allege that the V.A. illegally turned away Mr. Hamilton - three days before he stepped in front of train on May 16, 2010, at the age of 26. 



Parents of disabled children giving up on Illinois

Chicago Tribune

May 28, 2011


... Even though similar sentiments can be heard in statehouses nationwide, Illinois fares particularly poorly caring for its residents with disabilities, advocacy groups say. In its 2011 state analysis, United Cerebral Palsy ranked Illinois 48th for providing services. By comparison, Michigan is third, Minnesota 14th and Wisconsin 20th. The University of Colorado's Coleman Institute of Cognitive Disorders also puts Illinois near the bottom for funding autism spectrum disorders, while the National Alliance on Mental Illness gives Illinois a D.,0,4829946.story 



Tucson shooting suspect leaves Arizona. for Missouri, where he'll get mental health treatment

The Washington Post

May 27, 2011


TUCSON, Ariz. - The suspect in a deadly Tucson shooting rampage was flown from Arizona to a Missouri prison facility where mental health experts will try to make him psychologically fit to stand trial. U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales says Jared Lee Loughner arrived in Springfield, Mo., around midday Friday. Loughner will spend up to four months at the facility. A judge ruled Wednesday that the 22-year-old was mentally unfit to assist his lawyers in defending him. 



Loughner's Lawyers Want Notice If He Is Drugged

National Public Radio

May 29, 2011


Lawyers for the man charged in the deadly Tucson shooting rampage want federal officials to notify them if they plan to give their client psychotropic medication. A federal judge in Tucson ruled last week that 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner is mentally unfit to assist his lawyers or understand the charges he faces. He was sent Friday to a federal prison facility in Springfield, Mo., for treatment. 





Dems, GOP Continue Heavyweight Fight Over Medicare Proposals

Kaiser Health News

May 31, 2011


Democrats and Republicans are looking for their next messaging steps on proposals to slow the growth of Medicare costs in the wake of a congressional election and talks to tackle to mounting debt. 



Report: Budget Impact Of Health Law Defunding Unclear

Kaiser Health News
May 27, 2011


A new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation found the actual impact of GOP proposals to defund the health law "unclear" because too many variables are involved in the calculation. 





Why fathers have post-natal depression

British Broadcasting Corporation

May 28, 2011


A Gloucester man has been acquitted of murdering his six-month-old daughter, after saying he had had post-natal depression. The case of Mark Bruton-Young has put the issue of men who struggle to cope with becoming fathers in the headlines. One out of every seven new mothers has post-natal depression - but, according to the Fatherhood Institute, one out of every 10 fathers are depressed both before and after their baby is born. The peak time for fathers' depression is thought to be between three and six months after the birth. 





Don't fear the prison decision

Los Angeles Times

May 29, 2011


In his dissent from the majority in the recent Supreme Court decision requiring California to reduce its prison population by 33,000 inmates, Justice Antonin Scalia warned that "terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order." But Californians shouldn't panic. The state won't have to throw open the prison doors to meet the court's order if it embraces very modest sentencing reforms.,0,1813187.story 



Depression can affect mind, body

El Paso Times

May 30, 2011


...We now know there is a strong connection between the mind and body. Stress is the result of having to adapt to constant changes in our environment.  ... Depression is an imbalance of the chemicals we need to be alert and feel pleasure. Depression can result from having unfinished business, having sad experiences or having physical problems. 



Future conviction could still come

Houston Chronicle

May 30, 2011


Last week in Arizona a federal judge found the young man who killed six people and wounded many others, including U.S. Rep. Gabbie Giffords, not competent to stand trial.  ...The fact that Jared Loughner is not now competent to stand trial does not mean he never will be. It also says nothing about his competence at the time of the shooting. The court's ruling is based on the effect schizophrenia is having on his present ability to form rational thoughts, not on his mental state at the time of the shooting. 





Reverse Sad: Why springtime can be bad for depression sufferers

British Broadcasting Corporation

May 29, 2011


While the arrival of spring heralds a new lease of life and energy for most people, for those suffering from depression the effect can be drastically different. Harvard psychiatrist John Sharp has done extensive research into the effects that the changing seasons have on our mental health and emotional well-being. In his book, The Emotional Calendar, Sharp outlines how physical, psychological and socio-cultural factors influence the way we feel. 



The Bilingual Advantage

The New York Times

May 30, 2011


A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Her good news: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease symptoms. Dr. Bialystok, 62, a distinguished research professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, was awarded a $100,000 Killam Prize last year for her contributions to social science. We spoke for two hours in a Washington hotel room in February and again, more recently, by telephone. An edited version of the two conversations follows. 



Feeling "In Control" Tied To Lower Risk Of Depression Among African American Men

Medical News Today

May 31, 2011


African American men who feel "in control" of their lives are less likely to suffer from depressive symptoms, according to a study published recently in the journal Research on Social Work Practice. Research shows that having a sense of control over one's life, a concept also known as "perceived mastery", is tied to better mental health. 



Animal Study Suggests Omega-3 Lessens Depression, Mania

Psych Central News

May 27, 2011


New research suggests the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids extend beyond improving heart health. In a multiyear study, Indiana University School of Medicine investigators discovered molecular level evidence that the dietary supplements may be beneficial for alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders. 





After Combat, the Unexpected Perils of Coming Home

The New York Times

May 28, 2011


For a year, they had navigated minefields and ducked bullets, endured tedium inside barbed-wired outposts and stitched together the frayed seams of long-distance relationships. One would think that going home would be the easiest thing troops could do. But it is not so simple. The final weeks in a war zone are often the most dangerous, as weary troops get sloppy or unfocused. Once they arrive home, alcohol abuse, traffic accidents and other measures of mayhem typically rise as they blow off steam. Weeks later, as the joy of return subsides, deep-seated emotional or psychological problems can begin to show. 



Returning veterans encounter VA mental health meltdown

May 28, 2011


...Three Marines, three cases where the U.S. government allegedly let down those who risked all for their country. The stories of Hunt, Northcutt and Towers are not unique. Similar allegations are leveled in a lawsuit against the Veterans Administration filed by two veterans groups that argue delays in the process of evaluating and treating returning veterans with mental health problems are systematic. 



Lifting a Stigma to Help the Poor

The Wall Street Journal

May 28, 2011


Providing mental-health counseling to low-income New Yorkers has been a professional calling for Maureen M. O'Leary for more than 30 years. It's a deeply personal calling for her, too. In 1977, Ms. O'Leary enrolled in New York's Training Institute for Mental Health for further study in psychoanalysis and counseling. She stayed on to work in the clinic and then became a faculty member, a senior supervisor and now a trustee for the organization. 



Early Intervention Holds Hope for Those Who Stutter

HealthDay News

May 27, 2011


Stuttering may seem simple enough. People who stutter cannot get words out properly. They repeat or prolong sounds or syllables, sometimes appearing to physically struggle to speak.  ... Today, people who stutter receive speech therapy as well as therapy that attempts to get to the psychological or neurophysiological issues that make them more apt to struggle with their speech, Fraser and Robinson said. 





Kaiser Family Foundation Announces 2011 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars

Philanthropy News Digest

May 31, 2011


...Established in memory of the first African-American woman from a Southern state elected to Congress and a former member of the foundation's board, the Barbara Jordan Scholars Program provides college seniors and recent graduates who have a strong interest in addressing health issues that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged populations an opportunity to spend a summer working on health policy in Washington, D.C.;jsessionid=ZHMMXH1TUEYIRLAQBQ4CGW15AAAACI2F?id=340800020


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