mental health

More Pilot Mental Health Checks, Alcohol Testing on Cards Under EU Proposals

BERLIN, Dec 11 – The European Commission will propose legislation next year requiring airlines to run mental health checks on pilots before they start commercial flying, as part of efforts to prevent a recurrence of last year’s Germanwings crash. Authorities have been looking at ways to toughen pilot screening and better assess their mental health after

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Playboys and Misogynists More Likely to Have Mental Health Problems: Study

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK  – Men who behave like promiscuous playboys or feel powerful over women are more likely to have mental health problems than men with less sexist attitudes, according to a study released on Monday. The analysis found links between sexist behavior and mental health issues such as depression and substance abuse,

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The Road to Ward 17: A Journalist’s Battle With PTSD

By Dean Yates EVANDALE, Australia, Nov 15 – When the psychiatrist diagnosed me with post-traumatic stress disorder at the end of our first session early this March, I finally had to accept I was unwell. The flashbacks, the anxiety, my emotional numbness and poor sleep had long worried my wife, Mary. I had played down

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Pakistan’s Top Court Blocks Execution of Schizophrenic Murder Convict

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Oct 31  – Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday blocked the execution of a paranoid schizophrenic murder convict pending a review of an earlier ruling that his condition was not a permanent mental disorder and therefore not legally relevant, his lawyers said. Rights groups have denounced the possible execution of Imdad Ali,

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Spy Agencies Struggle to Spot Threats from Lone, Mentally Ill Attackers

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, July 24 – Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community’s efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. The attacks have a common theme of being carried out by

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Lebanon Struggles to Help Syrian Refugees With Mental Health Problems

By Dana Halawi BEIRUT, March 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Syrian refugee Fatmeh fled to safety in Lebanon in 2011 after militants raided the family home, beat her up and tried to rape her. But her problems were far from over. Two months after the attack Fatmeh—then aged about 12—developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Britain’s Kate Uses Guest Editor Role to Tackle Mental Illness Stigma

LONDON, Feb 17 – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate would seek help for their children George and Charlotte if they had mental health problems one day, Kate wrote in a blog published on Wednesday that sought to tackle the stigma associated with mental illness. Acting as guest-editor for a day of the Huffington

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