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Mental Health

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Is Scott Panetti Too Mentally Ill for Execution? Does Texas Care?

    Scott Panetti has been in that will-they-or-won't they execution limbo for about a decade. However, by this time next month, Panetti will be dead, unless someone -- Gov. Rick Perry with a stay of execution or the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles with a commutation -- steps in. That's what a varie ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2014

    Treating a Mystery: A Disease Named Pandas May Be Causing Frightening Changes in Children

    Parents say their kids have something called Pandas, and it's not cute or cuddly.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Hoaders, Trash Keepers Beware Proposed City Ordinance

    Last week the Houston City Council presented a proposed change to an ordinance that would levy a fine on people who hoard. Not just the grandma who keeps a huge collection of china dolls, or the dude who can't throw away the last 650 issues of Playboy. We're talking about the folks you see on telev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Does Toby Keith Need an Intervention? His Top 5 Drinking Songs

    Rocks Off was excited to hear that Toby Keith is scheduled to make an appearance at next year's RodeoHouston. We just hope he makes it here. Rewind: Saturday Night: Toby Keith at The Woodlands You see, we're starting to worry a little about Toby Keith's health. Not about the health of his career ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Female Veterans Needed for PTSD Study

    The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine are seeking female veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder for a study that might hopefully lead to a new medical treatment for the condition. The study is aimed at the role played by a neuropeptide called corticotropin-re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Hoarding & Clutter In The Burbs: Viruses, Fires...When Will It End?

    The hot new sydrome these days is hoarding -- people can't get enough reality TV shows about poor idiots who can't throw anything away, even if those people watching have to shove aside three boxes of 11-year-old Fuddrucker's receipts just to see the screen. But things have gotten real, hoarding-wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Will You Turn into a Hoarder? See What the Stars Have to Say: Astrology Signs, Ranked for Hoardiness

    Will you turn into a hoarder? Let's see what astrology says, courtesy of our favorite local astrologer, Figgy Jones. Here's what she told us: On June 11, the big ol' jolly planet of abundance and goodies, Jupiter, moves into the sign of Gemini -- the most garrulous sign. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Reality Bites: Hoarding: Buried Alive

    ​​There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch all of them, one at a time. Are you not entertained? The overwhelming majority of reality shows -- like, for example, Ghost Adventures -- positively beg for ridicule. The participants usually run the gamut from a ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Down the Hatch

    The Texas Attorney General's Office says a drugmaker lied in order to push an antipsychotic on foster children. So why are kids as young as three still taking the drug?

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Shock the Junkie

    Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Mental Cases

    Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Texas Monthly Looks At (Most Of) Houston's Mental Health Issues

    There's at least one local program for mentally ill people that shouldn't be affected by the state's proposed budget cuts. ​This month's Texas Monthly features a "Letter from Houston," which focuses on the city's mental health services, primarily the Houston Police Department's Mental Health Unit, ... More >>

  • News

    June 24, 2010

    The Case of Blue October

    Readers take both sides.

  • News

    June 3, 2010

    Little Boy Blue

    Ask Justin Furstenfeld if he's really mentally ill and be prepared to ride the whirlwind.

  • News

    December 31, 2009

    Houston's Craziest

    In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    The 30 Craziest People In Houston: An Official HPD List

    Photo by Chris Curry Travis Bonser is one of Houston's 30 craziest people. Travis Bonser learned how to shoot heroin from his mother. It happened when he was 14, after his mom became too fat to tie her own arm or leave the house to pick up the dope from her dealer. It wasn't long before Bonser was ... More >>

  • News

    December 11, 2008

    Is Harris County Jail the Place for A Mentally Troubled Teen?: Mind-sets

    Not everyone buys into crisis intervention for the mentally ill

  • News

    December 11, 2008

    Is Harris County Jail the Place for A Mentally Troubled Teen?

    Laura Howard got tossed into a jail treatment program, but it was the wrong one for someone whose mental health was in tatters

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Free Housing For Mentally Ill Inmates Proposed

    One idea talked about during a mental illness forum was building free housing for mentally ill inmates released from Harris County Jail. David Mincberg, who is running against Ed Emmett for County Judge, believes such housing can be built in the city, publicly funded with federal money, and staffed ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2008

    Gone to Hell: Mental Illness and Harris County Jail

    Even though Alexander Hatcher is bipolar and schizophrenic, he wasn't given his meds for his first three months in jail. He got in fights with the guards. Now he's sentenced to prison for a long, long time.

  • Culture

    April 3, 2008
  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Baby Blues

    Lisa Collins took the Paxil her doctor prescribed. There was supposed to be no problem with her continuing it during her pregnancy. Now, it seems, there was.

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Against All Odds

    A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.

  • News

    January 20, 2005

    Insanely Guilty

    A mother sets out to save her children, by killing them. Texas usually jails such women, but that may be changing.

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Beggars Can't Be Choosers

    Parents plead with the state not to shut down the state schools for the mentally retarded. But it looks like a done deal.

  • News

    February 26, 2004

    Getting Out

    Too scared to leave her house, Sandy has one last chance: a county crisis team that will come to her

  • News

    April 24, 2003

    A Hanging Offense

    Did the Devereux Treatment Center provide the care Cecilia Garrett needed or did it drive the young teenager to her death?

  • News

    February 27, 2003

    Deal of a Lifetime

    Drug addicts can get hard cash to be sterilized or go on birth control. Is it ridding the world of unwanted babies -- or just ducking the underlying problems of abusers?

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Judging Rory

    Jurist Rory Olsen can put you in a mental institution and cost you hefty court fees. Critics wonder whether he can handle the job. Big deal -- he's a bottom-of-the-ballot Republican.

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Reality Check

    Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Common Cents

    Area housing for the mentally ill remains deplorable, but a state subsidy might improve conditions

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Sick Kids

    For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Consumer Advocates

    Houston Area Mental Health Advocates

  • News

    August 2, 2001

    Rx for Failure?

    MHMRA restricts Medicaid services at mental health clinic pharmacies

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Mental Lapse

    Increasing deficits cause MHMRA to close a new treatment clinic

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Super Vision

    By keeping a constant eye on its mentally ill clients, an ACT team heads off all sorts of troubles

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Hands On

    When the sickest of Harris County's mentally ill break down, an ACT team is there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    Upstairs Down - and Out?

    A money-starved mental health treatment unit may die in its infancy

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    The Way Back

    Funding cuts kill work programs as well as treatment services

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Future Shock

    Can the system keep up with the evolution of mental health?

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Catch Us If You Can

    Steve Chesser went to MHMRA for help. Sent home from its emergency clinic without medicine or therapy, he shot his and killed himself. Diagnosis: A mental health care system in free fall.

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    Tackling the Taboo

    Despite suicides and inner strife, Asian-Americans resist psychotherapy

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Nowhere to Land

    Crisis care for the mentally ill crumbles under the weight of not enough money, too much beauracracy

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Board and Care(less)

    When it comes to housing the mentally disabled, is better-than-nothing good enough?

  • News

    February 24, 2000

    Real Life

    The Scrunchie Skirmishes. On the Cinco Ranch High School drill team, winning -- and weight -- is everything

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    Downing

    Texas Lottery. Let's buy our tickets and bet on the day that Robert Arthur Pearson finally kills himself in public while we all watch

  • News

    August 19, 1999

    Dangerous Deficits

    Mental health cuts may come back to haunt the public

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Downing

    Quiet Rage: Insurers and the state have given up, but parents are battling to get help for their severely troubled boy

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Trouble in Mind

    Texas's mentally impaired used to go to treatment centers. Now they go to prison.

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