Mental Health

  • Music

    April 9, 2014

    Pharoahe Monch is the World's New Rap Therapist

    On his new album P.T.S.D., Monch comes to some sobering, uplifting truths

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Woman Sues EMTs, Police for Letting Her Leave Ambulance and Jump Out Apartment Window

    On the morning of May 29, 2012, Maria Rodriguez entered a third-floor apartment and jumped out the window. She survived, but was seriously injured. But, she claims, perhaps it all could have been prevented. Because before she went into the apartment building, Rodriguez had been sitting in an ambula ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 26, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The Five Most Stressed Out U.S. States

    Surely this is an honor New York State deserves, to make up for the fact that Miss New York never seems to win enough national pageants. But nooo! The five most stressed out states, according to a new survey, happen to be: West Virginia, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Utah, and Massachusetts. How can th ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 23, 2013


    Animation goes old school

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Jason Echeverria's Death In City Jail Ruled Homicide; Mentally Ill Inmate Swallowed Detergent, Staff Didn't Act

    The city Medical Examiner has classified the Aug. 19 death of a Rikers Island inmate who swallowed a ball of laundry detergent as a homicide, the Voice has learned. The death of Jason Echeverria in the Mental Health Assessment Unit in the George R. Vierno Center is believed to be the first homicide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Should You Worry About New York's Rising Autism Rate?

    Today is World Autism Awareness Day, which happens to come shortly the Centers for Disease Control announced that 1/88 children nationwide has an autism spectrum disorder -- a 23 percent increase since the last report was released in 2009. Long term, this represents a 78 percent increase from data g ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 14, 2011
  • Film

    June 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    In New York, Getting Cocaine Is as "Easy as Pizza"

    Jkrizni/Flickr​Given that we live in a time when people enroll in culinary school with the goal of getting their own TV show, it's easy to forget that the vast majority of cooks spend about 14 hours a day doing manual labor for minimal compensation. It's a resolutely unglamorous profession, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2011

    Kids With Cool Parents More Likely to Be Lushes Later On (Study)

    ‚ÄčA new study out of the University of Minnesota claims that kids whose parents allow them to drink moderately in their presence are actually more likely to develop drinking problems later in life. This goes against the relatively common perception that uber-strict parents with zero tolerance polic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Bradley Manning Stripped Naked Every Night For 'Sarcastic Quip'

    ​Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier charged with "aiding the enemy" and 21 other counts in connection with leaking government information to WikiLeaks, is now being forced to sleep naked at his Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia, and stay without clothes during the roll call in the morning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2011

    We're SO Over This Whole "Winter" Thing

    This funny "attack ad" on winter made by AOL conveys how we're probably all feeling. Winter is so last season to us already.

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Ten Reasons Why Dr. Dre's Detox Will Be Great

    Does this man have another classic in him?​Dr. Dre's long, long awaited Detox has received its latest release date, this time via a press release from Interscope's London office guaranteeing that hip-hop's most-awaited album will touch down on "February 2011." The project's first single, "Kush ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Drink Booze for Life!

    ​Happy Monday. Assuming you have valid ID, it's time to get your drink on. And while we usually mean that when we say it, today we mean it especially. Because there's a new paper in a journal called Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (fun read!) which suggests that abstaining from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Study: Pretending to Be Crazy May Make You Insane

    Occupational hazards.​Well, isn't this a fine kettle of fish we've gotten ourselves into? It seems that if you go around pretending to be mentally ill, you may actually make yourself mentally ill. A new study reports that fakers of such symptoms end up convincing themselves that they really do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Science: Creative People are Basically Schitzo

    ​Everyone has them: the people in their lives they describe as "creative." Some people might describe themselves as "creative." Often, however, "creative" is kind euphemism for "batshit insane." And if they actually are creative? Well, according to science, "batshit crazy" is actually the case ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Amid Priest/Pope Fuss, Pedophiles Mount New P.R. Campaign: Call Us 'Minor-Attracted Adults'

    Gee, bad timing by America's pedophiles: Just as a new fracas has broken out about Pope Benedict XVI's possible role in covering for priest molesters, pedophiles are creeping out of their closet to try to change their image with a new euphemism for themselves: "minor-attracted adults." While major ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    New Yorkers' Well-Being Rises 0.3 Points in Survey; Hawaii, Unsurprisingly, Leads Nation

    ​The 2009 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is out, purporting to show how citizens in each state in the union have been doing in terms of emotional and physical status. New York showed a net gain over last year of 0.3 points, from 64.7 to 65. No, we didn't notice, either. The number is calc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    What's Your Favorite Antidepressant or Anti-Anxiety Med?

    ​No one has to go through life with angst anymore, unless you're disturbed by co-pays, side effects, and an over-reliance on artifical highs. And I am, honey! A few years ago, I tried Zoloft and almost jumped out a window. It gave me aching fingers, headaches, dizzy spells, spasms, and no re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Craigslist Gun Shooter Found Mentally Ill, Remanded to DOH

    Jesus Ortiz, the man who shot his East Village neighbor after buying a gun on Craigslist, was committed to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in a criminal court hearing in Manhattan yesterday. He was being held by the Department of Corrections since the incident last July. Often defense la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    The Dark Side of Anti-Depressants

    Next To Normal, the Broadway musical about treating depression, got me thinking about the crapshoot involved in psychopharmacology and the awful side effects involved in taking a lot of the meds that are so readily available. A few years ago, I gave Zoloft a whirl and found that it not only left me ... More >>

  • News

    January 7, 2009

    My Brother the Slumlord

    Going public is something Amy Neustein never could resist

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008
  • News

    June 17, 2008

    A Quiet Little Death at Bellevue

    Inmate Patrick Miller didn't beat the system. It beat him.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2007

    Heavy Metal for Soldiers' Heavy Mentals

    In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, there was no shortage of protest songs that sought to steer the nation off a post-9/11 collision course with a country that had nothing to do with the attack. The Beastie Boys, Cat Power, Thurston Moore, John Mellencamp, R.E.M. and Zach De La Rocha were among t ... More >>

  • News

    May 30, 2006

    See Tom Be Jane

    The country's youngest transgender child is ready for school. But is school ready for her?

  • Art

    April 4, 2006

    Swing Time

    College Can Complicate Bipolar Disorder

  • Theater

    October 25, 2005

    Slim Pickings

    Musicals battle primordial monsters and eating disorders

  • People

    October 11, 2005


    Affordable health care and services for women

  • Specials

    October 11, 2005
  • News

    April 19, 2005

    Baby Madness

    How one young woman's delusions cost her years of freedom

  • News

    April 19, 2005

    Baby Madness

    How one young woman's delusions cost her years of freedom

  • Art

    January 4, 2005

    More Than 'Just Say No'

    Addiction studies thrives in academia

  • Film

    May 18, 2004
  • Books

    February 17, 2004

    Shrink Rap

    Life is like Skinner's box of chocolates: Slater revisits 20th-century psych's greatest hits

  • Specials

    December 30, 2003
  • News

    October 28, 2003

    Losing Joshua

    On January 30, He Nearly Killed Himself. On April 16, He Did. A 17-Year-Old's Suicide and the Questions Left Behind

  • Books

    April 15, 2003

    The Crack-Up

    Everything Is Intoxicated

  • News

    May 28, 2002

    Scandal Cash

    Adult-Home Barons Purchased Pataki Inside Track

  • Specials

    May 29, 2001
  • News

    September 5, 2000

    Stepping Off

    Fifteen Minutes of Fame Are Up for East Village Rehab

  • News

    January 4, 2000

    Heroin Hassles

    Medical and Legal Issues Keep Overdose Antidote Out of Users' Hands

  • News

    November 9, 1999

    Virtually Fearless

    Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Therapy

  • News

    October 19, 1999

    Welfare Policy Relapse

    City Just Says No to Poor Addicts

  • News

    May 25, 1999

    Rehab Runaround

    An Insurer Dithers and an Addict Dies

  • News

    April 13, 1999

    Crisis In Family Court

    The City Gets Tough On Child Abuse and Neglect, And The Judicial System Staggers Under The Load

  • NYC Life

    February 9, 1999

    Stress Test

    Food for thought

  • News

    June 16, 1998

    Long Shot

    Drug Policy Experts Ponder Prescribing Heroin to Junkies

  • News

    May 5, 1998

    Half-Truths and Consequences

    Did Doctors Mislead the Parents of Kids They Experimented On?

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