| Apr 6, 2008
First 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...
| Dec 7, 2007
Torrie 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...
| Feb 12, 2007
In 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...
| Dec 29, 2007
By 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...
| Jan 3, 2008
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...
| Nov 12, 2007
If Aly Hartman could have placed herself in a protective bubble for the duration of her recent pregnancy, she would have done so.
The Marina del Rey woman, 28, cut out alcohol, sodas and caffeine. She replaced her sugary breakfast cereal with crackling...
| Oct 19, 2009
| 7:25 PM
Howard Barton Unruh, who killed 13 people as he walked the streets of Camden, N.J., in a psychotic 1949 shooting rampage that was the nation's worst mass murder at the time, died Monday. He was 88.
Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk said Unruh died...
| Nov 11, 2009
| 9:51 AM
Depending on whom you ask, marijuana is a dangerous drug that should be kept illegal alongside heroin and PCP, or it's a miracle herb with a trove of medical benefits that the government is seeking to deny the public -- or something in between: a plant...
| Apr 13, 2009
About a year ago, patients began trooping into the office of UCLA psychiatrist Andrew Leuchter, asking whether an antipsychotic drug called Abilify "might be right for them." Few appeared to be delusional, plagued by hallucinations or suffering fearsome...
| Mar 9, 2009
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...
| Mar 22, 2009
A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity
Loren Graham and
Harvard University Press: 230 pp., $25.95
The Jesus Prayer -- "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner" -- has...