Mental Health http://wunc.org en Study Locates Possible Genetic Markers of Schizophrenia http://wunc.org/post/study-locates-possible-genetic-markers-schizophrenia <p></p><p>An international team of researchers has made landmark progress on the study of Schizophrenia.</p><p>A consortium co-founded by the University of North Carolina's Patrick Sullivan reports that it's identified 108 points of genetic variation in people with the illness.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:02:30 +0000 WUNC News 39529 at http://wunc.org Study Locates Possible Genetic Markers of Schizophrenia Fayetteville Police Ready To Silence Sirens For Veterans In Crisis http://wunc.org/post/fayetteville-police-ready-silence-sirens-veterans-crisis <p></p><p>Police and community leaders in Fayetteville are working on a local incarnation of the Silent Siren program to help veterans in an emergency.</p><p></p><p>Fayetteville police responded last week to a call from a woman whose husband, a soldier, was parked outside a Walmart threatening to kill himself. Police approached the stand off without lights, sirens and shouting.&nbsp; They were able get the soldier help.</p><p></p><p>Fayetteville wants to expand that gentle approach for emergencies involving veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or traumatic brain injury.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:31:02 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35737 at http://wunc.org Fayetteville Police Ready To Silence Sirens For Veterans In Crisis Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field http://wunc.org/post/mentally-ill-or-criminal-making-tough-calls-field <p></p><p></p><p>In the early morning hours of November 19, Durham&nbsp; youth Jesus Huerta left home. His family called 911, reported him as a troubled runaway and noted his drug problem. A Durham police officer located Huerta, frisked him, cuffed him, and put him in the back of a cruiser. Moments later, the 17 year-old was dead from a gunshot to the head. His family questions the circumstances surrounding his death.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:17:38 +0000 Carol Jackson, Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 29007 at http://wunc.org Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field Did Durham Police Follow Protocol When Arresting 17-Year-Old Jesus Huerta? http://wunc.org/post/did-durham-police-follow-protocol-when-arresting-17-year-old-jesus-huerta <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>Jesus Huerta died from a gunshot wound while in police custody last November. Did officers know he was at risk of killing himself? The teen's family says yes.<br /><br />Durham authorities have said the officer on the scene, Samuel Duncan, had not been told the 17-year-old threatened to kill himself and used drugs before the officer picked him up the morning of Nov. 19.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:08:49 +0000 Frank Stasio & Nicole Campbell 28990 at http://wunc.org Did Durham Police Follow Protocol When Arresting 17-Year-Old Jesus Huerta? Lee Smith Explores History Through Fiction http://wunc.org/post/lee-smith-explores-history-through-fiction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt">In her latest novel, Chapel Hill author <a href="http://www.leesmith.com/">Lee Smith</a> tells the story of Asheville's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/asheville/hig.htm">Highland Hospital</a>, a pioneering mental institution that once housed Zelda Fitzgerald. </span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:36:16 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio & Bryson Russell 26742 at http://wunc.org Lee Smith Explores History Through Fiction Duke Study: Many Teens In Need Of Psychiatric Help Don't Seek It http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-many-teens-need-psychiatric-help-dont-seek-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than half of teens with psychiatric disorders go untreated, and those who do get help often get it from non-mental health specialists, according to a study co-authored by Duke University researchers this month.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>About 45 percent of teens who have a psychiatric disorder received treatment in the 12 months prior to the study, and those getting help most often receive it from school counselors, pediatricians or probation officers.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jorge Valencia 26035 at http://wunc.org Duke Study: Many Teens In Need Of Psychiatric Help Don't Seek It NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment http://wunc.org/post/nc-seeks-improve-local-behavioral-health-treatment <p></p><p>State health officials are trying to cut the number of people with behavioral disorders who end up in the Emergency Room.&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Health and Human Services says it's creating an advisory panel of health experts and patient advocates.&nbsp; The group's job will be to recommend improvements at the local level for mental health and substance abuse services.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:44:47 +0000 Will Michaels 25480 at http://wunc.org NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment Lucy Daniels Looks Back On Her Writing Life http://wunc.org/post/lucy-daniels-looks-back-her-writing-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At 22 years old, Lucy Daniels was a best-selling author and a Guggenheim Award winner. &nbsp;But she spent five years hospitalized for severe anorexia and the trauma of sudden success led Daniels to stop writing for much of her adult life. &nbsp;After a 40 year gap, Lucy Daniels took up writing again. &nbsp;Host Frank Stasio speaks with Daniels, a writer and clinical psychologist, about&nbsp;her newest book, “Walking with Moonshine: My Life in Stories” (iUniverse/ 2013).</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:20:59 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 24664 at http://wunc.org Lucy Daniels Looks Back On Her Writing Life Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices http://wunc.org/post/why-schizophrenics-hear-voices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt"><a href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml">Schizophrenia</a> is a frightening disease, characterized by audio and visual hallucinations. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt">A researcher at Duke University thinks he may have a clue as to how the auditory hallucinations occur. </span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:54:24 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 24599 at http://wunc.org Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices UNC Opens Mental Health Facility In Wake County As Part Of Deal With WakeMed http://wunc.org/post/unc-opens-mental-health-facility-wake-county-part-deal-wakemed <p>UNC Health Care has opened a new mental hospital in Wake County after building repairs caused a two-month delay.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:53:38 +0000 Will Michaels 22573 at http://wunc.org