Portraying Mentally Unstable Characters

The most challenging roles and the most acclaimed portrayals are those of mentally unstable characters. Such portrayals resonate with audiences for multiple reasons; most telling is the anxieties and uncertainties we face in our own lives. Likewise, such behaviors generate strong emotions that include empathy, fear or resentment. Whatever the response, we are moved and […]

ADHD & Psychopharmacology

Psychoactive drugs target specific receptors in the nervous system to effect extensive changes in the psychological functions. The interaction between psychoactive drugs and the target receptors is known as drug action. The resultant change in psychological or physiological function is known as drug effect (Adler, Reingold, Morrill, & Wilen, 2006). Psychopharmacology entails an extensive research […]

The Jaycee Lee Dugard Case – Why We Must Overcome Mental Health Stigma

The case of Jaycee Dugard being kidnapped by a sociopath, Phillip Garrido, at the age of 11 and held for 18 years, is why we need the help of mental health professionals. Furthermore, counseling will need to be extended to all members of Dugard’s family, especially her 2 daughters. It is unfortunate, however, that seeking […]

Pioneers in Christian Counseling – An Interview With Grace Ketterman

Warm, genuine, a delightful lady, dedicated to excellence these are all adjectives that describe child psychiatrist and author Grace Ketterman, M.D. The daughter of pioneering parents, she grew up on the plains of Kansas, distinguished herself as a physician in a field dominated by men, established a unique psychiatric treatment center for adolescent girls, led […]

Christian Psychotherapy for Convicts?

Repeated research studies have revealed that secular efforts at rehabilitation have been unsuccessful in preventing recidivism. Not one of the various approaches to psychological counseling has been able to demonstrate success statistically in helping inmates rehabilitate. Among nearly 300,000 prisoners released in 15 states in 1994, 67.5% were re-arrested within 3-years. A study of 1983 […]

Mental Health Nursing As a Career Path

Beginning in the late 1800s there was a growing consensus that sanitarium patients had a right to proper nursing care. Although it began simply as a movement to provide those mental health inmates with the health care due every ward of the state, it has evolved over time into a very specific branch of nursing […]

Civil Liberties, Mental Health Care and Public Policy

Reporter Pete Earley felt that he was standing “on the outside looking in” when he interviewed people for his articles and books about crime. But when his son, Mike, became psychotic, Pete found himself on the inside looking out. Combining the perspectives of the detached reporter and an affected party, he tells in Crazy about […]

Female Prisoners Are Prone to Co-Existing Conditions

The female prison population in America has been at an all-time high owing to extensive law enforcement efforts and leading to more stringent drug sentencing laws. According to the 2015 report by “The Sentencing Project,” a research and advocacy center working for the effective U.S. criminal justice system, “between 1980 and 2014, the number of […]