Alex Smith is the Executive Director of the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, the agency that oversees the North Texas public mental-healthcare system. He's made his living deciphering the ins and outs of the very messy system here, and is well versed in what it takes to properly care for ind ... More >>
Related: It Really Sucks to Be Old in Texas Texas' notoriously porous mental-health system is in the news even more than usual this week. At Parkland, the psychiatric ER is yet again facing allegations of patient abuse. Last weekend, Dallas Police shot and killed Jason Harrison, a 38-year-old sever ... More >>
Sir Young may have hated to say that he was a rapist, but he couldn't deny it, either. "That's rape," he said in a recorded interview with a Dallas police detective, describing his encounter with a 14-year-old girl. Young was 18 at the time. They were both students at Booker T. Washington High Schoo ... More >>
Music can be incredibly therapeutic. Whether it's keeping us from road rage during rush hour traffic, helping us fall asleep, or uniting us with others as we sing along at a concert, music has a certain unique healing power. Locally, the Windsor Senior Living facility in Dallas uses music to help ... More >>
Pranks are never more effective than when a prankster finds the precise border between reality and absurdity and just barely steps over it. This week's #CutForBieber trending topic--in which Justin Bieber fans were supposed to be cutting themselves in an attempt to force their ur-boyfriend off marij ... More >>
If former first lady Betty Ford didn't make it cool to go to rehab, she certainly helped erase some of the stigma associated with admitting to drug and alcohol abuse. She struggled publicly with alcoholism and painkiller addiction and, as a result, established the Betty Ford Center in California. T ... More >>
If you're high right now, you may want to tune in. Try not to giggle. A University Texas at Dallas professor was awarded nearly $2 million dollars to study marijuana addiction for the next five years. We're talking pot, the addiction suffered in silence -- or in inappropriate laughter at anything th ... More >>
Texas lawmakers gave cities the power to regulate homes for the mentally ill -- but so far, Dallas hasn't used it.
Every decent-sized courthouse in the country has its own serial pain in the ass, the guy who thinks nothing of suing the kids who threw a ball over his fence or the cat who pooped in his yard. But there's a special subset of filing addicts: the inmates who while away their time in the pokey filing k ... More >>
Two Texas brothers fall in the war on terrorone in combat, one by his own hand
Does an unproven treatment that combats drug addiction with drugs promise more than it can deliver?
The DCT brings important fare to the table
Back in May we mentioned that five women who were treated at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas for anorexia and bulimia were suing the hospital and doctors who treated them. The women, who had participated in Presby's Eating Disorder Program, claimed "the hospital and doctors there took part in a frau ... More >>
Bourbon takes on celebrity culture
Office Terry Peters, better known as the Dallas Police Department's "whore cop," has gotten to know, and tried to help, prostitutes populating local truck stops such as this one. This morning I got a call from my favorite cop regarding my favorite crackhead, a former truck driver named Country who I ... More >>
Education and art mix for DCT's growing audience
By now, many of you have probably read the MySpace bulletin from Carter Albrecht's bandmate, Sorta bassist Danny Balis, about the passing of his best friend. In it, Balis mentions the prescription stop-smoking drug Chantix, which Albrecht and his girlfriend had recently begun taking. Balis writes: " ... More >>
Rainy days and Coldplay always get us down
PDNB's premier installation is Joy and pain
These are some of the people served by Joel Pulis' ministry for the severely mentally ill in Oak Cliff. It's pretty much the last place I expected to find a story about the Well Community, an Oak Cliff church that ministers to the severely mental ill living on little income in the southern sector. B ... More >>
Now that Dallas-Fort Worth temperatures are plummeting, sleet and ice are thickening and the need for nips is extremely urgent, its time to revisit this story we missed last August in Forbes ranking the nation's 35 drunkest cities. Yeah, Dallas-Fort Worth squeezed its way in. But we pull in a highly ... More >>
For the past six years, A. John Rush of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has been leading a federal study on depression; it's been released in bits and pieces over the past few months, with some findings being published as recently as March. But Rush, who's the vice chairman of cl ... More >>
Andrea Yates is back on trial for killing her kids, one year after her 2002 conviction was thrown out. The retrial of Andrea Yates is underway down in Houston, riveting both the public and defense attorneys who have followed the case for five years. Accused of drowning her five children on June 20, ... More >>
If news happens, but no one is there to issue a press release, is it still news? There's a koan for all you tree-hugging hippie stoner types to mull over while we offer up some rather old news to the less easily distracted: The League of Women Voters of Texas has come out in favor of decriminalizing ... More >>
Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence
Susan Diamond learned that it doesn't pay to annoy your kids' psychiatrists, even if you're a doctor
Lisa Diaz had to save her "precious babies" from an evil world. She drowned them.
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Despite new state and federal regulations, mentally ill Texans are still dying while being restrained by the very people they turn to for help
For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.
This small electrical device may be the last hope for the chronically depressed
After years of financial neglect, the state is hoping a shot of privatization will cure Dallas County's addicted and mentally ill population
Seeking help for depression, Martha Hurt turned to therapists. That's when her insanity truly began.
Mentally ill Texans used to go to hospitals. Now, increasing numbers of them go to prison instead.
An unsolved string of cat mutilations in North Dallas leaves police and residents wondering who could do such a thing
As anguished Plano watched heroin pick off its children one by one, a cry went up for police to do anything to stop the deadly plague. Months later, some parents say they went too far.
Child psychiatrist Robert Gross claims malicious federal prosecutors unfairly charged him with fraud and forced him to flee to England. Is it the doctor or the judicial system that is out of touch with reality?
Dallas doctors believe they've solved the mystery of sick veterans, but find themselves in "a bloody scientific war" where they are branded charlatans
Huge and helpless, schizophrenic and hypertensive, Sammy Allen has fallen between the administrative cracks of a local mental health system that can't seem to get its ACT together
There are no technicolor yawns in the slick bulimia thriller 301 302