Tag: Mental Illness

Rejection From Women Led Suspect to Throw 5-Year-Old Over Railing at Mall of America: Report

Emmanuel Deshawn ArandaPhoto: Associated Press The 24-year-old man charged with hurling a 5-year-old boy over a railing at the Mall of America was “looking for someone to kill” after being rejected by women at the mall for years, police say in a criminal complaint. Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, faces attempted murder charges, and is […]

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Details Emerge on Suspect in Attempted Homicide of 5-Year-Old in Mall of America

Image: Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda ((Bloomington Police Department)) Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, is being held at the Hennepin County Jail on an attempted homicide charge. Accused of throwing a five-year-old child from the third floor of Minnesota’s Mall of America, a fall of more than 40 feet. Police do not suspect any prior relationship between Aranda […]

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Man Reportedly Throws a 5-Year-Old Over a Three-Story Balcony at Mall of America

Photo: Bloomington Police CBS News reports an apparently mentally-ill man has been charged with attempted murder after tossing a 5-year-old over a third story balcony at Mall of America in Minnesota. At 10:17 a.m. Friday morning police responded to frantic calls from shoppers who witnessed 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda either push or throw the child over […]

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Taraji P. Henson Tears Up Describing Mental Health in the Black Community as a “National Crisis”

Photo: Getty Taraji P. Henson has been doing the work, the work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness in the black community, and the urgency of the issue brought her to tears while she was being honored for her efforts at Variety magazine’s Power of Women New York lunch. In September, Henson launched the […]

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Does Calling Depression an Illness Worsen Stigma?

I plead guilty to expounding on the biochemical vulnerabilities and abnormalities in neural wiring of depression to make the case that it is a legitimate illness alongside lupus, breast cancer, or psoriatic arthritis. I thought I was doing a good thing by quoting experts like Peter Kramer, M.D, who believes that because depression can be […]

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Mental Health within Athletics: The Invisible Competition

Imagine a common scenario, two athletes on the bench. One struggling with depression, and one recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. Which seems more severe? Glaring social stigma points to the athlete with the physical injury. But mental illnesses are just as detrimental to performance. After battling depression my freshman year, and […]

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Feeling Completely and Utterly Alone Because You Have a Mental Illness? This Can Help

You have a mental illness, and you feel incredibly alone. Intellectually, you know that you are one of millions of people who also have a mental illness—people who also have depression or an anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. You know that you’re not the only person on this planet to be in pain. […]

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Which Should We Treat First: Mental Illness or Addiction?

Substance use can alter behaviors, moods, and personalities so severely for people with addiction that without specialized knowledge and experience, it’s difficult to determine underlying causes such as mental illness or trauma. I credit psychological intervention for pushing me into recovery from alcoholism. Addiction is a mental illness, but is it one that needs to […]

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Humanizing Portraits of Mentally Ill Inmates at Cook County Jail

Occupying 96 acres in Chicago, Illinois, the Cook County Jail is one of the largest pre-detention facilities in the nation. Most of the 8,000-or-so inmates housed there each day are awaiting trial. And according to the jail’s Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy, about a third of the prisoners are mentally ill. Between the […]

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Pete Davidson of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is Accounted for After Alarming Instagram Post

Pete Davidson, the “Saturday Night Live” star and ex-fiancé of the singer Ariana Grande, appeared to have deleted his Instagram account on Saturday shortly after posting a troubling message that began: “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore.” A police officer was sent to the Manhattan studios of “Saturday Night Live” to […]

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How I Finally Learned to (Sort of) Stop Hitting Myself

AntisocialThe society column for people afraid of society, written by The Root’s Editor-in-Chief and resident Bipolar Disorder expert/sufferer.   As I often tell people, what got me to finally get my life together (of sorts) was not me. I wish I was enough, but alas, for me, as I’ve demonstrated time and time again, I am […]

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‘I’m White,’ Obviously Black Teenager Tells Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil Self-hatred is nothing to laugh about—neither are delusional tendencies. That said, there was something so surreal about the spectacle of a 16-year-old black girl named Treasure insisting she was white on Dr. Phil’s unbelievably long-running talk show on Wednesday that The Root staff couldn’t help but shake our heads in confusion and laugh […]

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Morehouse Grad Who Died After Being Arrested, Tased by California Police Officers, Was Unarmed, Had Mental Health Issues

Photo: KTVU San Mateo County officials are looking into the death of an unarmed black man who died shortly after being arrested and Tased by sheriff’s deputies two weeks ago. As USA Today reports, 36-year-old Chinedu Valentine Okobi was reportedly running in and out of traffic on a busy street in Millbrae, Calif. on Oct. […]

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‘Maniac’ Nails What It’s Like Living with Mental Illness

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Michele K. Short / Netflix Warning: this post contains spoilers for Maniac on Netflix. The best part of Netflix’s new series, Maniac, isn’t Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in 1980s Long Island cosplay, or the show’s superb retro-futuristic imagining of New York. It’s not even those adorable pooper scooper robots […]

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5 Enlightened Ways to Think About Mental Health

It’s time to eradicate stigmas. Life is hard even under the best of circumstances. Without physical and mental health, it’s difficult to enjoy life and to thrive. It makes good sense to take care of ourselves and that includes getting help when we suffer physically or psychologically. When we feel sick we get ourselves to […]

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