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August 01, 2013 1:18 PM The Burden of Mental Illness in the United States

From today’s New England Journal of Medicine, a report from Christopher Murray and colleagues summarizing the disability and loss of life attributable to diseases across the world.Murray and colleagues have a table summarizing these data for the United States in...

By Bill Gardner

July 16, 2013 12:45 PM How Autism Really "Spreads"

The news that Jenny McCarthy will become a co-host of TV discussion show The View is generating a lot of controversy – people worry that McCarthy will be able to spread her controversial (for which read: crazy) views on autism,...

By Henry Farrell

July 03, 2013 7:05 AM Pot and Schizophrenia: Scare Stories Are not Policy Arguments.

The Wall Street Journal has an op-ed by a Yale psychiatry resident warning that the legalization of cannabis will lead to increased disability due to schizophrenia. That’s based on a couple of studies showing that cannabis use, especially early heavy...

By Mark Kleiman

July 01, 2013 7:04 AM The Crisis of Jail Inmates with Mental Illness

Following the informed debate generated by my post about deinstitutionalization of mentally ill patients, I am passing along this short, powerful PBS segment. Some people with mental illness who used to be in state hospitals are now in independent or...

By Keith Humphreys

May 28, 2013 12:14 PM The Physical Reality of Mental Illness

One of the persistent misunderstandings of mental illness was — unfortunately — perfectly expressed in a recent Slate Magazine article. Discussing the Oregon Medicaid Experiment, the headline writer stated that A new study suggests universal health care makes people happier...

By Bill Gardner