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Schizophrenia upends life of accomplished academic

After going from a job teaching premodern Japanese language and literature in the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University to solitary confinement in a Phoenix jail cell, John Creamer hopes to educate others about serious mental illness.... Read more»

Marijuana & mental health: Examining a complicated relationship

As restrictions on marijuana use fall and its popularity around the world rises, researchers and therapists are examining its influence on mental health. Some medical experts say cannabis has a negative effect on the psychological well-being of chronic users; however, other researchers say marijuana can alleviate suffering for people with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.... Read more»

Genes found that can lead to higher suicide risk

Patterns of suicidal inheritance are murky but a genetic study shows that stuff "runs in families," says University of Utah researcher.... Read more»

Long after losing glamorous image, smoking keeps tight grip on mentally ill

For decades, tobacco companies relied on movie stars and sports heroes to pitch their brands, making cigarettes a symbol of sophistication and glamour. Today, the image is vastly different, with smoking largely a habit of the troubled and the poor: 44 percent of all smokers are mentally ill.... Read more»

Myth vs. fact: Violence and mental illness

A Q&A with an expert who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence. ... Read more»

Parents of mentally ill adult children frustrated by privacy law

Even if parents are providing health insurance, they often can’t find out about what’s happening when their adult children suffer from severe mental illnesses. ... Read more»