Hamilton Nolan · 05/06/15 08:34AM

“It’s one thing to say, ‘Get off my property or else,’ but once people start issuing highly specific threats like, ‘I will kill you in this or that way,’ you know it’s going to be a long day.” A day in the life of a social worker for the mentally ill.

Mentally Unfit

Zachary McDermott · 04/05/14 05:35PM

When the police found me I was standing on a subway platform, somewhere in Brooklyn, barefoot, wearing only soccer shorts in October, and crying. My hands were folded behind my head like a captured soldier. For the previous 12 hours I had wandered the streets of New York, convinced that I was being videotaped, Truman Show-style, by hidden cameras. I made my living as a public defender in Brooklyn, but I did standup at night. I'd recently met with a network executive to discuss a pilot for a reality show based on my act; now I thought the city was my set.

Lacey Donohue · 10/24/13 07:08PM

According to documents released Thursday, Miriam Carey—the woman fatally shot earlier this month after a car chase in Washington D.C.—believed President Obama had “put her residence under electronic surveillance and that it was being fed live to all the national news outlets."

Would-Be School Shooter's Brother Upset Obama Called Antoinette Tuff

Camille Dodero · 08/26/13 10:20PM

Last Tuesday, Michael Brandon Hill allegedly entered a Georgia elementary school with more than 500 rounds of ammunition, an AK-47, and a clear intention to end his life and the lives of those around him. Fortunately, the 20-year-old came in contact with Antoinette Tuff, a compassionate bookkeeper who ultimately talked the young man into surrendering before anyone on the premises was physically hurt.

Hamilton Nolan · 07/17/13 12:15PM

Mentally ill people make up 17% of the jail population in Los Angeles. "If you're trying to figure out what makes for a desirable therapeutic environment...'this ain't it.'"

Can Animals Be Mentally Ill?

Hamilton Nolan · 01/29/13 04:00PM

Welcome to our science-like new feature, "Hey, Science," in which we will have our most provocative scientific questions answered by real live scientists (or related experts). No question is too smart for us to tackle, theoretically speaking. This week, experts answer the question: Do animals get mental illnesses, just like humans? Or is your dog just dumb?

I Am Adam Lanza's Mother

Liza Long · 12/16/12 09:33AM

Three days before 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year-old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.

Arizona Shooter Still Insane, Has 'Imaginary Friends'

Maureen O'Connor · 09/28/11 03:37PM

Jared Lee Loughner returned to court today, where authorities established that the accused mass murderer is still insane. According to a government psychiatrist, Loughner believes he killed Gabrielle Giffords, has "several imaginary friends," and lost TV privileges because he thought the tube was sending him messages. When doctors informed him that he is insane, he was reportedly "devastated." [NYT, images via AP]

Two Officers Charged in Fatal Beating of Mentally Ill Man

Lauri Apple · 09/22/11 06:32AM

Prosecutors have charged two Fullerton, California police officers involved in the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic, homeless man who was brutally beaten during a confrontation with six Fullerton cops in early July. It sounds like they're not kidding around, either.

Mosquitoes Probably Want Their Sperm Back

Hamilton Nolan · 08/09/11 04:52PM

Triathlon danger! Heat death! Twin town! Crazy leaders! Spermless mosquitoes! Teen vaccines! Worthless soy! Old surgery! And the very latest way that you're killing your poor children! It's your Tuesday Health Watch, where we watch your health—microscopically!