Crisis in the Sky: Mental Health and Air Travel
Following the shooting death of Rigoberto Alizar in Miami by air marshals during a psychiatric crisis, NAMI consumers and family members have discussed potential precautions to take during travel. In the following article, NAMI Indiana's Steve Coburn shares his son's experience on an airplane in 2001.
On Monday October 8, 2001, less than a month after 9/11, our son Ted, on a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago, stormed the cockpit of the airplane, believing that terrorists were going to crash the plane into the Sears Tower.
He was lucky. He is alive. Read more...
New Studies on the Effectiveness of Medications
In a world of rising health care costs, the cost of medications account for a disproportionate share of the increase. This year alone, the cost of antipsychotic drugs is expected to increase to over $10 billion - 80 percent of which is paid by the public sector.
As a nation, we save money when people take their prescribed antipsychotic medication. Two ongoing studies are now trying to gauge the relative effectiveness of medications used to treat schizophrenia and depression. Read more...
New! Ask the Pharmacist
NAMI is pleased to be working with the College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists to offer a new section on the NAMI Web site where Psychiatric Pharmacists write and answer questions that they experience in the course of their work with individuals with mental illness.
I forgot to get new prescriptions the last time I went to my doctor and I am out of refills on my old prescriptions. Now it's Saturday and I can't reach my doctor's office to have them call in new prescriptions for me. What should I do? Read more...
A Mind Apart
Winston Churchill had a mental illness – as did William Blake, Vincent van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, Georgia O'Keefe, Sylvia Plath, and many other creative, inventive people throughout our history. A new book argues that without such neurodiverse people, our world would be a less vibrant place and that the human species would find it more difficult to survive and adapt.
A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World by Susanne Antonetta examines how neuroatypicals – people with disassociative disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other neurological disorders – see the world and how the world sees them. Read more...
Bollywood as Therapy
A unique approach to cultural outreach is taking place in New Jersey. A psychiatrist, Dr. Jagdish Dang, is using old Bollywood movies to get South Asian senior citizens to speak about mental illness.
"Bollywood" is the informal name given to the Hindi-language film industry based in Bombay, India.
Conducted for South Asian Mental Health Awareness, a program of NAMI New Jersey, Dr. Dang's lectures cover mental illness without mentioning mental illness. Rather, Dang plays old songs from Bollywood movies and asks his audience about the emotions that arise from listening to the song.
One song in particular, "Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega Woh Gaana Gayega," which means "The heart that will love will sing", elicits the greatest discussion. The song is from a movie about a woman who is torn between two men: one man who alternates between highs and lows, and another man who is severely depressed. From this movie plot, Dang brings mental health issues out of the dark.