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Times Staff WritersRobert Hughes was a Vietnam veteran with a long criminal record and a history of heroin addiction. He was also the prosecution's star witness at the trial of Bruce Lisker, a San Fernando Valley teenager accused of beating and stabbing his mother to...
Times Staff WritersHelen Jones sits in a wheelchair, surrounded by strangers who control her life. She is not allowed to answer the telephone. Her mail is screened. She cannot spend her own money. A child of the Depression, Jones, 87, worked hard for decades, driving...
In warp-speed modern America, time has become one of our most precious resources. We manage it, and we expend it carefully. Ironic, then, that a resource as precious as seconds, minutes and hours is so poorly understood and so routinely misestimated by...
Sum Forty Tales From the Afterlives David Eagleman Pantheon: 128 pp., $20 Something interesting almost always happens when thinkers with a scientific bent write fiction. (Jonah Lehrer discusses this in "Proust Was a Neuroscientist.") But David...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersBy the time she landed at Metropolitan State Hospital in 2006, Tiffany Sitton had been haunted by delusions for 15 of her 23 years. Spiders burrowed under her skin. Ghosts ordered her to hurt people. Schizophrenia and psychiatric drugs dulled her eyes and...
Tags: Health, Symptoms, Family, Dog (animal), Mental Illness
The challenges of mental illness Re "Schizophrenia takes a daughter away," Column One, Dec. 29 Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating illnesses, and inadequate research funds, inadequate facilities and inadequate insurance programs -- not to...
Tags: Health, Politics, Bill Clinton, Family, Republican Party
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterFirst in a series of occasional articles. CAIRO -- It was a boyhood of miniskirts and stern-faced imams. As Ahmed abu Haiba grew into a man, he felt a kinship with the clerics who recited the Koran in badly lighted television studios, but he feared...
A librarian's days among the chronically homeless. Ophelia sits by the fireplace and mumbles softly, smiling and gesturing at no one in particular. She gazes out the window through the two pairs of glasses she wears at once. When her muttering disturbs...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersTorrie Gonzales stood at the stove, laughing with her boyfriend as she fried him some eggs on his 23rd birthday. Then she felt him press a flimsy blade against her neck. Struggling on the floor, she pried a paring knife from Reny Cabral's hand, leaving...
Special to The TimesIn the fall of 2005, psychiatrist J. Anderson Thomson Jr. was treating an 18-year-old college freshman whom he describes as "intensely depressed, feeling suicidal and doing self-cutting." A few years before, Thomson says, he would have interpreted her...
Naming Infinity A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity Loren Graham and Jean-Michel Kantor Harvard University Press: 230 pp., $25.95 The Jesus Prayer -- "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner" -- has...
Tags: Health, Family, Philosophy, Education, Harvard University
READERS OF THE TIMES HAVE watched Nathaniel Ayers musician, schizophrenic, street dweller creep for eight months toward a better life under the empathetic eye of columnist Steve Lopez. Ayers' is a hard case, mired in decades of sporadically treated...
Tags: Health, Family, Mental Illness, Lawyers, Arts and Culture
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