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 >>
Parents say their kids have something called Pandas, and it's not cute or cuddly.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
where's the military when the chips are down?
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 >>
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?
Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?
Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.
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 >>
Readers take both sides.
Ask Justin Furstenfeld if he's really mentally ill and be prepared to ride the whirlwind.
In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.
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 >>
Not everyone buys into crisis intervention for the mentally ill
Laura Howard got tossed into a jail treatment program, but it was the wrong one for someone whose mental health was in tatters
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 >>
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.
Lu Nan is a camera-wielding humanist
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.
A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.
A mother sets out to save her children, by killing them. Texas usually jails such women, but that may be changing.
Parents plead with the state not to shut down the state schools for the mentally retarded. But it looks like a done deal.
Too scared to leave her house, Sandy has one last chance: a county crisis team that will come to her
Did the Devereux Treatment Center provide the care Cecilia Garrett needed or did it drive the young teenager to her death?
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?
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.
Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.
Area housing for the mentally ill remains deplorable, but a state subsidy might improve conditions
For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.
Houston Area Mental Health Advocates
MHMRA restricts Medicaid services at mental health clinic pharmacies
Increasing deficits cause MHMRA to close a new treatment clinic
By keeping a constant eye on its mentally ill clients, an ACT team heads off all sorts of troubles
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
A money-starved mental health treatment unit may die in its infancy
Funding cuts kill work programs as well as treatment services
Can the system keep up with the evolution of mental health?
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.
Despite suicides and inner strife, Asian-Americans resist psychotherapy
Crisis care for the mentally ill crumbles under the weight of not enough money, too much beauracracy
When it comes to housing the mentally disabled, is better-than-nothing good enough?
The Scrunchie Skirmishes. On the Cinco Ranch High School drill team, winning -- and weight -- is everything
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
Mental health cuts may come back to haunt the public
Quiet Rage: Insurers and the state have given up, but parents are battling to get help for their severely troubled boy
Texas's mentally impaired used to go to treatment centers. Now they go to prison.