Stem Cell Cure Shines From Darkness

Do I visit my youngest sister in what’s left of the day? Or catch the last part of Sunday afternoon on the New England beach? In terms of preference, it’s never a toss up. Austine is a complete zombie, too disabled to have the most rudimentary conversation. The beach is nice. Yet today I bring joyous news to her for once: A cure is at hand! Thanks to a pair of Texas researchers, reprogrammed stem Read More

Amanda Bynes’ mental hold extended again; former teen star said to be schizophrenic

Amanda Bynes’ doctors have won an 30-day extension of her psychiatric hold and plan to pursue a temporary mental health conservatorship of the former Nickelodeon star,the New York Daily News reports. UPDATE: A judge has approved a temporary conservatorship for Bynes’ mother over the objections of Bynes’ court-appointed lawyer. A source tells the News that Bynes is believed to be suffering from schizophrenia and has not yet responded to medication: “She’s not improving yet. She’s Read More

How to recognize bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

This is the first in a two-part series on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This week will look at how these mental health disorders are diagnosed and the second part will look at treatments. Two of the more severe mental disorders — bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — may go undiagnosed for years. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 10 million Americans have bipolar disorder. Because of its irregular patterns, bipolar disorder is Read More

Mother’s quest to find treatment for son highlights mental health system’s limitations

When Chris Marciano was 4 years old, he would have a blistering tantrum whenever music came on the radio. By the second grade, his teacher described him as “not with us.” At age 11, he was kicked out of school. “The pediatrician said he was just obnoxious, which wasn’t very helpful,” said his mother, Mary Gabel, about the first assessment of her then-preschooler. “I knew something wasn’t right.” Some 20 years after that assessment, Marciano Read More