To detail the vicious cycle mentally ill jail and prison parolees routinely find themselves in, Laguna Beach-based Advocates for Cost-Effective Justice presents an enlightening documentary and speakers Saturday morning.
Many authors speak in front of live audiences in hopes of selling books. Craig Lewis, however, has a different agenda. The 40-year-old's lecture Saturday night at TKO Records in Huntington Beach will address issues regarding mental health, but in a way many are unfamiliar with. You see, Lewis -- li ... More >>
We in the journo racket are used to companies immediately seizing upon something in the news to twist into a press release on their supposedly related goods and services, but Morningside Recovery is taking the phenomenon to ghoulish new heights (depths?). The Newport Beach drug rehab that Lindsay Lo ... More >>
Tonight at 10PM, PBS will broadcast A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close. Both Close's sister and nephew are coping with mental health challenges, like one in every four Americans. Surprisingly, ... More >>
The bipolar activist wants to cure OC's problem with the homeless who are mentally ill
This is for all you mothers out there: if you were in rehab for 30 days, wouldn't your babies be the first people you would want to see? How about if it was after a few days inside or overnight? Same deal, right--if a therapist cleared you to return to your family, of course. Well, Octomom Nadya Sul ... More >>
Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend signed a bill championed by the LGBT community that make California the first state to outlaw therapy to "pray the gay away." "We're grateful to Governor Brown for standing with California's children," reads a statement from Chad Griffin, president of the Human ... More >>
UPDATE JUNE 6, 9:23 P.M.: For the better part of 17 business days, Megan Osborn of Mind(ful) Liberation Project had heard nary a peep from the city of Fullerton. The organization sought to obtain, through public records requests, police training manuals and other documents related to mental health i ... More >>
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"West Coast Detox and Treatment was created to provide a safe place in which recovery from alcohol and drug addiction could take place," reads the Huntington Beach rehab's home page.Tell that to Jason Redmer.The San Juan Capistrano 28-year-old was found dead Monday morning at the facility housed in ... More >>
When Westminster police caught up with Edgar Antonio Lucha in September 2010, he was in a Compton drug rehab. But, according to the state crime database, the 25-year-old's fingerprints matched those a naked man drugged out of his mind had left under a 10-year-old boy's bed a few nights earlier.Last ... More >>
OC parents find they are out of care options unless Laura's Law is adopted
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 8:03 A.M.: Since Matt Hoff's disappearance was publicized in the media and on social networking sites, the bipolar 18-year-old was reported spotted in Brea, Lake Forest and Laguna Beach. However, the Ladera Ranch man was found Tuesday evening in Santa Ana, not too far from the ... More >>
flickr user marinacoenenIt was the late 80s, and a young girl battling anorexia had her face plastered on TV screens around the country. That girl was Tracey Gold, the child star who played Carol Seaver on The Growing Pains. Growing up in show business, the concept of anorexia was never ... More >>
Scott DekraaiThe list of local tragedies that might have been averted by Laura's Law is growing. Yesterday's post focused on a county-drafted and rather negative report on Laura's Law, which was thrust into the spotlight after the tragic beating death of Kelly Thomas, who suffered from ... More >>
After Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic man who lived on the streets of Fullerton, died at the hands of Fullerton policemen in July, there was one thing just about everyone--the victim's family, protesters, the city council and law enforcement officials--agreed on: Law enforcement could use more trai ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 6:08 P.M.: The Newport Beach-by-way-of-Boston woman who had been missing since Aug. 23 was found Monday in Irvine and reunited with her frantic family. Many feared the worst because Erika Lopez was alone, homeless, without a car and off her medication for schizophrenia and bipol ... More >>
In the wake of his "gross negligence" when treating elderly patients, the state medical board put a Yorba Linda-based doctor on two years probation, which took effect last week.Dr. Hoshang Pormir can't practice medicine again until he pays for, and completes, a 40-hour clinical training program. ... More >>
The death of Kelly Thomas has put a spotlight on how cops treat the mentally ill
As the Kelly Thomas beating death in Fullerton has put interactions between law enforcement and the mentally ill under a microscope, we wondered just how well-prepared OC's cops were to deal with such situations. Turns out that California's Mental Health Services Act funds a two-day train ... More >>
LoftusUC Irvine Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology Elizabeth Loftus has long captivated OC Weekly writers (not always in positive ways), and now she's weighing in on this generation's Pearl Harbor moment: the 9/11 attacks that forever changed life as we know it.Loftus, who specializes in ( ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 2, 5:24 P.M.: Dr. Pathik D. Wadhwa (pictured here) was lead author of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paper describing UCI's research into stressed-out moms and their faster-aging children. It's a wonder Wadhwa has time to write anything given all he specializes i ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Put a sock in it, lady, we're getting foot massages here!
Jezebel yesterday published a story saying kids who listen to music are most likely to be depressed, while kids who read books were least likely. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied 106 teens, 46 of whom were clinically depressed, over five weekends, and surveyed ... More >>
Keith Eric Files' family and friends say they know why he died while in county custody
A hallucinogen called ibogaine has helped addicts kick heroin, meth and everything in between. Is it the trip that does the trick?
The Alternatives 2010 conference that began Wednesday at the Hyatt Anaheim is billed as a celebration of "Mental Illness Awareness Week" and gathering of "consumers and survivors of mental health services." But an advocate for the seriously mentally ill complains the government-funded conference ... More >>
Get yourself to Anaheim tomorrow night for the opening of the MAOI: An Anti-depressing Art Show at Rothick Art Haus- you'll be happy you did! "Modern Therapy" mixed media piece by Ryan Clemens After the jump, more details about what this fun art show is about and when you can check it out ... More >>
The other day at yoga class I, (and several other students), couldn't help but furtively glance at a brittle young woman (we're talking bones where hips once were) committing fragile downward dogs and back bends on her mat in a back corner. She clearly had, or is slowly recovering from, a severe eat ... More >>
Many of Dr. Brian West's patients didn't know he was in the state medical board's substance-abuse-diversion program. At least six of them claim they're paying the price
Smith: Sad (AP) Hot off the Associated Press: Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son died from a lethal combination of methadone and two antidepressant drugs, a U.S.-based pathologist who conducted a private autopsy said Wednesday. Toxicology tests showed Daniel Smith had methadone, Zoloft and Lexapr ... More >>
Nobody paid much attention to the terrifying voices Joe Parker heard until he slashed his way through an Irvine supermarket.
Rebecca Schoenkopf takes on the presidents drug war
U.S. GIs will confront their toughest enemies here: psychiatrists
U.S. GIs will confront their toughest enemies here: Psychiatrists
In a department once noted for its cruelty toward the homeless, Santa Ana cop Randy Beckx produced a revolution
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Notes from the West Coast Puke-Haters Convention
My father, publisher of herointimes.com
Kicking smack with Leif Garrett