Tag: Mental Illness

Chicago Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Cop Said to Be Caught on Video Beating Man Undergoing Psych Eval

Photo: iStock Attorneys for a man whose vicious beating, allegedly by a Chicago cop, was captured on surveillance video are calling out Chicago’s Cook County prosecutor’s office for deciding to drop all charges against the cop. “I think anyone could look at that video and make a determination that it’s excessive force,” Andrew M. Stroth, a lawyer […]

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‘Sea of Solitude’ Is a Beautiful but Imperfect Exploration of Loneliness

Content Warning: Discussion of mental illness including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. You are a young woman named Kay. You don’t know why you look this way, covered in gnarled, black tendrils. Your eyes are red. You amble around with a preternatural sense of loss. And you are lost. You, the character, in a game […]

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YouTube Star Etika Is Found Dead in NYC, Leaving Thousands of Fans in Mourning

Desmond “Etika” AmofaScreenshot: EtikaFRFX (YouTube) YouTube gaming star Etika was pulled lifeless from New York City’s East River days following his disappearance after he posted video that had fans and loved ones concerned for his safety. New York City police on Tuesday announced the death of the 29-year-old Etika, born Desmond Amofah, after having put […]

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Inside Schizophrenia: A Look into Possible Links Between Violence and Schizophrenia

Studies say people with schizophrenia are more likely to be a victim of a crime than the perpetrator. However, James Holmes, the movie theater mass murderer, was said to have paranoid schizophrenia. And a person can plead not-guilty by reason of insanity in court. This seems to be contrary to the idea of non-violence in […]

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She’s Not Your Superwoman: Miko Branch of Miss Jessie’s Pays Homage to Her Sister Titi on Her 50th Birthday

With over 46 million Americans experiencing mental illness in any given year, it is something which directly or indirectly affects us all. Yet, black women, in particular, often suffer in silence because of shame, stigma or frankly, lack of resources or time to take care of themselves. That black woman muttering to herself on a […]

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Postpartum OCD Is Real. This Is What You Need to Know About It

After her second child was born, Britney Asbell, 29, became obsessed with the thought that someone might break into their home or their house might catch on fire. At the time, she also fixated on the safe where the family’s gun was kept. “I would just sit and spend probably the first hour or two […]

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‘Where Is My Mommy? She’s Gone’: Tiffany Haddish Discusses Her Childhood Abuse With David Letterman

Netflix/YouTube It’s no secret that there are profound tragedies at the root of many comedic success stories. As Tiffany Haddish revealed in her 2017 autobiography, The Last Black Unicorn, hers occurred in childhood when her mother suffered a traumatic brain injury. “When I was 8, about to be 9, she had a car accident and […]

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Fear, Medication and Black Mental Health: A Physician’s View From the Front Lines

Photo: iStock Since becoming a primary care physician over 20 years ago, I made the conscious choice to cement my career treating black and minority patients, primarily in underserved and indigent communities. This career arc spans from rural clinics treating migrant farm workers to predominately black, inner-city hospitals. And while the reports of the overmedication […]

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