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Mental Health

Mental Health news and analysis from The Nation

  • May 5, 2010

    Job’s Comforters

    Science can be disproved only by its own criteria; when it comes to mental illness, its own criteria are often insufficient.

    Adam Phillips

  • December 13, 2008

    Transcending Trauma

    This essay, the college winner of The Nation's Student Writing Contest, argues for a federal oversight panel to overhaul the treatment of those in foster care.

    Victor Lopez

  • October 16, 2008

    Back Talk: Paul Offit

    A doctor defends scientific research against the potentially fatal misperceptions of the anti-vaccine movement.

    Christine Smallwood

  • August 23, 2007

    Trauma in New Orleans

    The city lacks the resources to address its residents' urgent mental health needs.

    Dr. Marc Siegel

  • April 20, 2007

    Our Broken Mental Health System

    Although the mental health industry eagerly gives A.D.D. diagnoses to little boys who can't sit still, Cho Seung-Hui's illness was ignored.

    Barbara Ehrenreich

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  • April 19, 2007

    Story Lines at Virginia Tech

    The desire to impose a narrative on chaotic events leaves the meaning of the Virginia Tech shootings up for grabs.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • March 1, 2007

    The Anatomy of Fear

    In his memoir Wish I Could Be There, Allen Shawn movingly details a life crippled by phobias.

    D.T. Max

  • September 20, 2005

    Fear Itself

    Some people are scaring themselves about the wrong things in ways that are doing terrorists' work for them. Here's one physician's prescription for bringing irrational fears under control.

    Dr. Marc Siegel

  • March 31, 2005

    Death, Depression and Prozac

    Jeff Weise, teen slayer of ten, including himself, at the Red Lake Indian reservation in northern Minnesota, was on Prozac, prescribed by some doc.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • April 1, 2004

    Antidepressants a Problem? We’re Shocked!

    Six years after Kip Kinkel, dosed up with Prozac, killed his parents and two students at Thurston High, in Oregon; five years after Eric Harris, dosed with Luvox, embarked on his day of slaughter

    Alexander Cockburn