Tag: Mental Illness

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Opinion

Yes, mental illness affects ‘us’

GEORGE E. CURRY (NNPA)—On Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African-Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: An unarmed woman with her 1-year-old child in the car, drove her vehicle into barriers outside the White House and on Capitol Hill before being shot to death by police.

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Sports

Chamique Holdsclaw rebounds, free from ‘mental prison’

Former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw instructs students during a youth basketball clinic in Hendersonville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chamique Holdsclaw is getting her life back in order after being trapped in what felt like a “mental prison” following her arrest last November. The former WNBA star, Olympic gold medalist and Tennessee All-American was treated for depression until being diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder after breaking the car windows of WNBA player Jennifer Lacy with a bat and firing a shot into the vehicle. Lacy told police she was Holdsclaw’s ex-girlfriend.