The message went out at 5:01 p.m. on Ft. Hood's Twitter account: "All personnel on post are asked to shelter in place." The message was re-tweeted more than 1,800 times and by then news spread that the army installation in Killeen had seen another deadly shooting. Three people are dead and 16 inju ... More >>
Elton John once said, "Music has healing power; it has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours." This divertive nature forms the science behind the music therapy field, a burgeoning subsector of behavioral health care that is popping up in institutional settings -- from hospital ... More >>
Can someone please explain to me why so many people are so pissed off at Royce White? I know why the Rockets are upset - I don't necessarily agree with the Rockets being angry with him, but I get it - but I don't get why my twitter timeline and sports radio and comment sections to stories on White w ... More >>
BOB COSTAS: Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys? JERRY SANDUSKY: Am I sexually attracted to underage boys? BOB COSTAS: Yes. JERRY SANDUSKY: Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys. -- No ... More >>
A scathing, 86-page report called out doctors who "subverted scientific integrity" for money.
Delirium is the youngest of the endless. She smells of sweat, sour wines, late nights, old leather. Her realm is close, and can be visited; however, human minds were not made to comprehend her domain, and those few who have made the journey have been incapable of reporting back more than the tiniest ... More >>
Checking into rehab is no laughing matter. That said, we at Rocks Off often find inspiration in even the darkest of corners. So when it was announced, much to our surprise, that Dallas-born teen pop starlet Demi Lovato had checked into rehab an inpatient treatment center, we pondered celebri ... More >>
Just named one of the Top 25 Must-See Haunted Houses in the country for 2010
Blue October fans, still carpingAll these months later, and some Blue Meanies (as Blue October fans call themselves) won't let it go...Yesterday, in one of Washington Post feature writer Gene Weingarten's hosted chats, a reader wanted to know what the two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winner thought about ... More >>
Plus: Readers reaction to Wild on Washington.
We can't turn on the TV or the radio without hearing about the latest detox craze. Just the other day, we heard Rod Ryan talk about how great the Blessed Herbs one-week cleanse was on his radio show. Trust us, we really don't need to hear about his cleanse in detail that early in the morning. ... More >>
Does a headline that draws attention to a story always have to be politically correct?
Children at Risk's 10th report on Houston-area children is out, and it's as grim as ever."The 2008-2010 edition of Growing Up in Houston continues to underscore the many needs of our children," the respected organization says.Among the highlights:-47% of Harris County children live in or near povert ... More >>
Kristen Dewald was charged with murdering her husband – a University of Houston professor – about a year ago, and according to new documents filed today, Dewald had attempted to kill her husband with a pair of scissors about three weeks earlier. Officers arrested Dewald for that stabbing, and a ... More >>
Video games linked to obsessive, Tony Shalhoub-type behavior
Hollywood and the whole country are so full of dipshits. Honestly. Have you heard the buzz about how “fat” Eva Longoria has become? The woman gains ten pounds, still looks totally pretty and normal, and everyone’s getting their panties in a wad wondering if she’s knocked up or just “fat ... More >>
Surviving our War on Terror calls for more than an ability to dodge bullets and IEDs
Several candidates in upcoming Harris County political races are meeting for a forum on Tuesday to talk about mental illness and the Harris County Jail. If you don't think the jail can be rough for a mentally ill inmate, check out "Gone to Hell," this week's Houston Press cover story. Harris Coun ... More >>
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Go to this private psychiatric facility, and you might be helped. Or you might be shut in a room all alone and end up like Amanda, with a broken arm. Or dead.
Years after Sybil, the debate continues
Houston-baed Cyberonics has sold patent rights on the Pulse Generator, a controversial device implanted into a patient’s chest. The $9.5 million deal grants Cincinnati-based Ethicon Endo-Surgery exclusive rights to use the pacemaker-like device in certain obese patients for the treatment of hypert ... More >>
Forty milligrams to freedom. The list of bizarre effects associated with the popular antidepressant Paxil is as horrendous as it is long, including: suicide, homicide, electric shock sensations during withdrawal and, for moms-to-be, an array of potentially fatal birth defects. Now the not-always ... More >>
Exploring the rights and wrongs of independent life for the mentally ill
Meth users are really proDuctive, sExy, hAppy anD slim
VA nurses say a new rule that they be able to physically subdue unruly mental patients was just an excuse to get rid of them
Cyberonics has implanted its pacemaker in thousands of epileptics. It wants to expand to the depression market. Still needed: an accounting of those who died or were injured after receiving its implant.
Some churches are still trying to "cure" homosexuals. And some people are still lining up to trade in their sex life for eternal life.
Films that look at madness in the eyes of the law
Plus: Last Seen Wearing..., Punch Lines, Looking Down
Programs surround a kid and his family with services, hoping for success
Plastic surgeon Billy Ringer has been sued ten times for malpractice. He's on probation for sexual misconduct. He sewed a needle into Colleen Guidy. But he's still in business -- cutting, vacuuming, rearranging and, it seems, injuring patients.
Mental Health Madness, Residental Revelations, English or Else?
Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?
Rapid detox leaves a nurse suffering unforeseen side effects
Some ex-patients credit the mind-body therapy of New Age healer JoAnne Mandel with saving their lives. Others say her compassion stopped at the bottom line.
A new label and energy return Canada's moaners to the spotlight
While some Houston parents fight what they charge is "a river of Ritalin" running through the schools, one father has gone to court to try to prove that, for his son, Ritalin use is Ritalin abuse.
After being drugged, hypnotized and bound by restraints, the patients of Judith Peterson say they came to believe they had multiple personalities or had belonged to satanic cults. So, apparently, did their therapist.
Need emergency psychiatric care in Harris County? Have a seat. Or call a cab.
Meg Ryan battles the curse of cuteness