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Mental Health Bill: Rick Warren and Wife Kay ‘Grateful’ to Congress for Passing 21st Century Cures Act

Matthew had borderline personality disorder. In 2013, he shot himself to death using an unregistered gun he bought online.

Mental Health Bill: Rick Warren and Wife Kay ‘Grateful’ to Congress for Passing 21st Century Cures Act


Many rejoiced when the Senate recently passed the controversial 21st Century Cures Act, and pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay were among them.

Rick and Kay, co-founders of California-based Saddleback Church, said they are thankful that the Cures Act was passed because they believe it will help save lives.

“We are so grateful that Congress passed the Cures Act, which invests in saving lives by addressing the opioid epidemic, cancer research, biomedical research, mental health reform, and the drug developmental process,” Rick and Kay said in a statement.

Having had a son who suffered from mental illness, the Warrens were especially grateful that the legislation will provide funding for mental health treatment.

“Mental health is a deeply personal issue for us because our son, Matthew, lived with mental illness for most of his life,” they said.

Matthew had borderline personality disorder. In 2013, he shot himself to death using an unregistered gun he bought online. It was a devastating time for the Warrens, during which they turned to the only comfort they knew: the Bible.

Since their son’s death, they became involved in raising awareness about mental illness. They also encourage communities to be more accepting of people suffering from mental illness.


The Language of Psychopaths

Considering some of the unique aspects of psychopathic language, it might be possible to detect the psychopath in online environments where information is exclusively text based.

The Language of Psychopaths
New Findings and Implications for Law Enforcement

By Michael Woodworth, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Hancock, Ph.D.; Stephen Porter, Ph.D.; Robert Hare, Ph.D.; Matt Logan, Ph.D.; Mary Ellen O’Toole, Ph.D.; and Sharon Smith, Ph.D.

For psychopaths, not only a lack of affect but also inappropriate emotion may reveal the extent of their callousness. Recent research suggested that much can be learned about these individuals by close examination of their language. Their highly persuasive nonverbal behavior often distracts the listener from identifying their psychopathic nature. For example, on a publically available police interview with murderer and rapist Paul Bernardo, his powerful use of communication via his hand gesturing is easily observable and often distracts from his spoken lies. The authors offer their insights into the unique considerations pertaining to psychopaths’ communication.

Robert Pickton, convicted of the second-degree murder of six women in December 2007, initially was on trial for 26 counts of first-degree murder. He once bragged to a cellmate that he intended to kill 50 women. Details provided in court revealed brutal and heinous murders that often included torture, degradation, and dismemberment of the victims. The authors opine that Mr. Pickton probably would meet the criteria for psychopathy, a destructive personality disorder that combines a profound lack of conscience with several problematic interpersonal, emotional, and behavioral characteristics.

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Court unable to intervene in treatment of vulnerable woman

The €400,000 annual costs of her care in St Andrew’s hospital in Northampton, England, was enough to build a unit for her here, the judge previously observed.

Court unable to intervene in treatment of vulnerable woman

Mary Carolan

A lengthy legal action over the treatment of a vulnerable young Irish woman, who was returned here last summer after being involuntarily detained for more than 20 months in a specialised psychiatric unit in England, has concluded without a satisfactory outcome.

Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said, although reports showed the woman had refused to engage in recommended therapies and was not making progress, his hands were tied given his previous High Court finding she had the necessary mental capacity to make decisions about her treatment.

The HSE and all the parties had acted in the woman’s best interests but, in light of the court’s findings and the fact that the woman and the HSE both wanted the case to be over, he must strike out the entire proceedings, the judge said.

He refused an application on behalf of the woman’s court-appointed guardian, supported by her father, to adjourn the case for one final review.
Liability for the costs of the case, estimated at more than €1million, will be decided at a later date.

The 18-year-old woman, who has a borderline personality disorder making her prone to unpredictable episodes of self-harm that include trying to take her own life, has spent almost all of the last four years in psychiatric units in Ireland and England.


Stacey Hyde’s story is a shocking insight into how the law treats young, abused women

To put Hyde, who suffered from a number of chronic mental health problems – including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, and suicidal tendencies – through a second trial, when she had already served five years in prison, is nothing short of barbaric.

Stacey Hyde’s story is a shocking insight into how the law treats young, abused women

Julie Bindel

When Emma Humphreys was acquitted of murder by the court of appeal in July 1995, it marked a change in the law in cases of abused women who kill violent men. Emma had stabbed Trevor Armitage, her violent boyfriend/pimp after he threatened her with a “gang bang”, and this vulnerable 16-year-old woman could take no more. In her short life she had already been witness to domestic violence, raped countless times, and prostituted while running away from a violent stepfather. At her appeal, following a three-year campaign by Justice for Women, lawyers argued that the provocation that led Humphreys to kill Armitage had built up over the years, and that all of the previous violence from men she had experienced should be taken into account.

But that change in the law did not benefit another vulnerable and abused young woman, Stacey Hyde, who was acquitted of murder yesterday, following a retrial. Hyde’s case begs the question: what are we doing to support young women who suffer male violence?

Vincent Francis, the deceased, had a history of violence towards women. The court at both trials accepted that there had been 27 previous acts of domestic violence towards his girlfriend, Holly Banwell, prior to the incident on the night he died, and that he had also attacked a former partner. At the retrial, Hyde’s lawyer described how Francis would regularly pull clumps of Banwell’s hair out by the roots, and likened the experience to “torture”.



Stabbing victim to court: Jail won’t help, she needs treatment

There are only so many options in the justice system. Guilty but mentally ill allows her to be given treatment.

Stabbing victim to court: Jail won’t help, she needs treatment

DANVILLE — A woman stabbed in the arm with a knife by another woman believes jail won’t help the assailant.

Amy Zelner said Tammy L. Dinger, 35, of Suite B of 406 E. Market St., needs to be in a mental health facility where she can get counseling.

“There are only so many options in the justice system. Guilty but mentally ill allows her to be given treatment,” Montour County Judge Gary Norton told Zelner, 37, of Lewisburg, of Dinger whom he sentenced Monday.

Dinger said Zelner was her girlfriend — her partner — at the time.

Norton recommended Dinger receive treatment in a state correctional institution with a forensic mental health unit after stabbing Zelner in the arm July 27 on the second floor of 406 E. Market St.

Zelner told Norton after she was stabbed, she blacked out.

Dinger also told the judge she needed treatment. She said she was remorseful and understands she needs help. “I think I need help very much so to put me somewhere where I can get help all the time,” she said.

Dinger said she has been diagnosed with disorders including mood disorder, severe depression and borderline personality disorder.

Zelner said the stabbing impacted her to the extent that she admitted herself to a hospital for mental health treatment.



Will the new DSM-5 change the way we deal with the Americans with Disability Act?

DSM-5 does not treat personality disorders separately from other mental disorders as did its predecessors.
Will the DSM-5 Lead to Crazy Employment Law?

From the Experts

By James J. McDonald Jr.

The American Psychiatric Association released a new edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as “DSM-5,” on May 18. Although the manual is primarily used by psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in diagnosing patients, its influence extends to the courts and the development of employment law as well. DSM-5 will surely affect employment law profoundly, but it may well do so in some disparate and unpredictable ways.

DSM-5 is likely to expand the number of conditions covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although DSM-5 cautions that the assignment of a diagnosis does not imply a specific level of impairment or disability, this distinction has little practical meaning given the enactment of the ADA Amendments Act in 2008, in which Congress decreed that the definition of “disability” for purposes of the ADA is to be construed broadly in favor of coverage. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s regulations issued under that law even decreed that certain psychiatric disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder, will almost always qualify as disabilities.

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