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  • Let’s Not Blame Autism for Isla Vista Rampage

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 30, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    In the wake of the Isla Vista tragedy, there were initial multiple media reports that the killer, Elliot Rodger, had been diagnosed with a high-functioning form of autism, called Asperger’s, in which the main symptom is significant trouble with social situations.  Although other,...

  • Letters to the editor: J Street students, sharia and inclusion

    May 28, 2014 | 9:43 am

    A Word From J Street Student

    As a student leader of J Street U at the Claremont Colleges, I feel obliged to respond to David Suissa’s recent column, “J Street’s Real Failure.” 

    I have relatives living in Beersheba and have heard from them firsthand the terror of living under...

  • Let it go: Removing the stigma

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 7, 2014 | 10:28 am

    I never met my paternal grandfather, even though he lived until I was 13. Aaron Dov Krotinger was one of the first graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York with a degree in Jewish education, and he once served as a principal for many religious schools. But because...

  • The Taboo of Mental Illness.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 30, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    I received a panic call from Jim, who had been a patient for over ten years.  His five year old daughter had passed out.  Amanda was rushed to the ICU for new onset diabetes.  After stabilization, she was transferred by helicopter to a university hospital for an insulin pump...

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  • DSM vs. Soul

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 8, 2013 | 7:47 pm

    By Inga Roizman

    The manual in which to diagnose mental illness is the DSM. If you don’t know, DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. New “illnesses” are added every 10ish years as the culture’s atmosphere fluctuates.  While many of the diagnoses found in the text can...

  • Sandy Hook: Despair gives way to hope

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 19, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    At first it is an anguish so deep that it destroys faith in life. We are witnesses to pain and loss so immense that to yearn for a resting place, to find anything good or hopeful or healing, feels like a betrayal. In the face of such tragedy, do we seek out sparks of hope because...

  • Sandy Hook: The cultural phenomenon behind mass shootings

    December 16, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    It has been 13 years since the murders at Columbine High School, when two teenagers killed 13 people and wounded 21 others.  Since that time, ABC reports, there have been 31 school shootings.   In the wake of the Columbine calamity, law enforcement doctrine changed dramatically:...

  • ‘Kony’ filmmaker Jason Russell’s descent into mental illness

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 22, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    Two weeks ago, filmmaker Jason Russell was on top of the world. The author of the explosive “Kony 2012” video, a call to action against Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony, saw his grassroots passion project go viral on the Internet and become an international sensation. In a matter of...

  • Tahl Leibovitz is not only Interesting, but Completely Remarkable

    By Ilana Angel

    July 22, 2011 | 9:33 am

    If there were ever a movie that needed to be made, it’s the life story of Tahl Leibovitz.  My son suggested I write about Tahl when he came across him playing in a table tennis match on television.  I wrote a blog earlier in the week about Tahl Leibovitz which was based on a lot of...

  • Jewish tradition says safety trumps privacy when it comes to mental health

    By Julie G Fax

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The deadly rampage and paranoid ravings of Seung-Hui Cho in Virginia last week cast an uncomfortably harsh light on the issue of mental illness, particularly untreated or undiagnosed mental illness among young people.

    While Cho had some initial psychological counseling in 2005, it...
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