Mental Health

The State Of Things
5:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Mentally Ill Or Criminal? Making Tough Calls In The Field

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In the early morning hours of November 19, Durham  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.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Did Durham Police Follow Protocol When Arresting 17-Year-Old Jesus Huerta?

Friends and relatives posted pictures like these of Jesus Huerta around Durham, NC after he died
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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.

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.

But the attorney representing Huerta’s family questions that and points to this radio communication in which officers talk about Huerta having a history of drug abuse:

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Lee Smith Explores History Through Fiction

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In her latest novel, Chapel Hill author Lee Smith tells the story of Asheville's Highland Hospital, a pioneering mental institution that once housed Zelda Fitzgerald.

"Guests on Earth" (Algonquin/2013), reveals this real-life history through the prism of fiction, all while exploring the relationship between creativity and madness. Frank Stasio talks with Lee Smith about her new book.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Duke Study: Many Teens In Need Of Psychiatric Help Don't Seek It

Teens at a high school football game
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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.

 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.  

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Health
10:44 am
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment

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State health officials are trying to cut the number of people with behavioral disorders who end up in the Emergency Room. 

The Department of Health and Human Services says it's creating an advisory panel of health experts and patient advocates.  The group's job will be to recommend improvements at the local level for mental health and substance abuse services. 

Division of Mental Health director Dave Richard says there's apparent confusion about where to send those patients now that the state has moved away from community mental health centers.

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The State Of Things
11:20 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Lucy Daniels Looks Back On Her Writing Life

Walking With Moonshine
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  At 22 years old, Lucy Daniels was a best-selling author and a Guggenheim Award winner.  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.  After a 40 year gap, Lucy Daniels took up writing again.  Host Frank Stasio speaks with Daniels, a writer and clinical psychologist, about her newest book, “Walking with Moonshine: My Life in Stories” (iUniverse/ 2013).

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices

A researcher at Duke University thinks he might have a clue how auditory hallucinations occur.
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Schizophrenia is a frightening disease, characterized by audio and visual hallucinations.

A researcher at Duke University thinks he may have a clue as to how the auditory hallucinations occur.

Duke neurobiologist Richard Mooney said there is a long history of research that indicates that the way we hear is influenced by what we see happening around us.

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Health
7:53 am
Tue September 17, 2013

UNC Opens Mental Health Facility In Wake County As Part Of Deal With WakeMed

UNC Health Care has opened a new mental hospital in Wake County after building repairs caused a two-month delay. 

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Health
2:27 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Study Finds Clergy Are More Depressed Than National Average

Duke released a new study that looks at the high depression rate in clergy members.
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A new study from Duke shows that clergy have a higher rate of anxiety and depression than the national average. The study, conducted by the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School, surveyed all United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina and found that their depression rate was 8.7 percent, which is higher than the national average of 5.5 percent. Anxiety rates were 13.5 percent.

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The State Of Things
10:35 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Breaking The Silence Of Mental Illness

Melody Moezzi 'Haldol and Hyacinths'
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Iranian-American writer and attorney Melody Moezzi joins Frank Stasio to discuss her memoir 'Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life'

    

Melody Moezzi has always been outspoken. As an Iranian-American writer and attorney, she has devoted herself to discussing controversial issues like religion, politics and culture in Iran. But when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her family and doctors encouraged silence. On this issue, they thought, you could not speak the truth. Melody would not be quiet. She decided to write a memoir of her experiences so that others with the disorder, and those who know them, could better understand. The memoir is called “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life,” (Avery/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her experience.

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