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Category: Psychology Published: March 2005
Will Justice Be Served on Andrea Yates?
Richard E. Vatz
"At all costs, the country must avoid a release at some future date of Mrs. Yates, for the sake of those who loved--or even for those who have followed the devastating saga of--the murdered Yates children."
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Category: Psychology Published: January 2009
Through a Back Door Darkly: New Mental Health Insurance Requirements
Richard E. Vatz , Jeffrey A. Schaler
Costly and mandatory mental health coverage sneaks through in the Federal bailout bill.
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Category: Psychology Published: November 2005
Therapy Overload on Campus
Richard E. Vatz
The problem w/ the ever-burgeoning number of students who rely on counseling centers is that they become dependent on the ministrations & compensations offered by liberal universities intent on helping those who merely need a...dose of self-sufficiency.
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Category: Psychology Published: November 2004
The Quandary Over Mental Illness
Richard E. Vatz
"For the vast majority of untoward behaviors labeled as mental illness, [some critics of psychiatry contend] that they are freely chosen behaviors for which the agent must take responsibility. . . ."
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Category: Political Landscape Published: May 2008
The Obama vs. Clinton Sincerity Sweepstakes
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
" 'You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood and place it in the navel of a flea, and still have room left for three caraway seeds and an agent's heart.' It is much the same in American politics."
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Category: Law & Justice Published: March 2007
The Devil Made Them Do It
Richard E. Vatz
"When it comes to ascertaining what motivates killers or others to violate the law, the forensic psychiatric community stands waiting and willing to lend its impossible to disprove fanciful, scientific-appearing explanations to mystify juries, attys. . ."
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Category: Mass Media Published: May 2009
The (Liberal) Beat Goes On
Richard E. Vatz
"Over the . . . last two decades, there may be no more salient disagreement between liberals and conservatives than over the issue of media bias."
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Category: Psychology Published: July 2001
Sexual Predator Statutes and Psychiatric Confusion
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
". . . The use of psychiatry to commit offenders where there is little hope of rehabilitation and scant medical grounds to justify confinement could lead society down the slippery slope of abuse."
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Category: Athletic Arena Published: July 2008
Saluting Pittsburgh's Finest
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
"Understanding the magnitude of [Roberto] Clemente requires an appreciation of the gestalt of his presence, which was greater than the sum of his statistics. . . ."
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Category: Law & Justice Published: March 2011
The Insanity Excuse and Retrograde Thinking
Richard E. Vatz
"There is no excuse . . . For major, sophisticated public opinion-makers simply to ignore the evidence that criminals should be held responsible for their crimes."
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Category: Psychology Published: November 2001
Psychological Help for the Terrorized
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
"No one knows all the answers as to how to help a nation heal."
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Category: Psychology Published: March 2008
Psychiatry's Valid but Dishonest Reconsiderations
Richard E. Vatz , Jeffrey A. Schaler
"Much of the newest wave of psychiatric self-criticism is salutary and headed in the right direction; the problem is the field's unwillingness to credit the psychiatrist who paved the way."
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Category: Psychology Published: March 2001
Problems in Diagnosing and Treating ADD/ADHD
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
"The difficulties in finding a panacea for entrenched, maladaptive behavior in children do not provide sufficient justification for plunging into a nationwide pharmacopoeia for solutions."
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Category: American Thought Published: May 2006
Of What Value Are Public Opinion Polls?
Richard E. Vatz
"To the extent that public opinion should not be ignored completely, citizens also should realize that public opinion polls are not synonymous with public opinion."
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Category: Psychology Published: November 2002
Murderous Mothers: A Challenge for the Insanity Defense
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
Andrea Yates' killing of her five children is the most-recent case triggering a clash between psychiatrists and prosecutors.
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Category: Psychology Published: September 2004
John Hinckley: The Judge Should Have Just Said "No"
Richard E. Vatz
". . . While supporting and promoting rehabilitation are important, there are other classic purposes of punishment and incarceration which may supercede it. . . ."
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Category: Law & Justice Published: March 2004
Getting Away with Murder: Vincent Gigante and Exculpatory Psychiatry
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
"Gigante's guilty plea should send a message to psychiatrists who too easily take up the cudgel provided by their psychiatric ethos to become hired guns for those trying to escape criminal responsibility."
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Category: Psychology Published: May 2003
Gambling, Psychology, and State Politics
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
"Those who gamble too much and suffer significant losses--whether through lotteries, slots, or other means--choose to do so irresponsibly. No force extrinsic to willpower makes them."
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Category: Psychology Published: July 2007
Any Lessons from Virginia Tech?
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
"The ultimate frustration engendered by a mass murderer is that there are no fail-safe methods to ensure that a similar catastrophe or a worse one will not occur."
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Category: Law & Justice Published: September 2008
Accommodating the Killer
Richard E. Vatz
"When defense mental health 'experts' testify to a lack of a defendant's criminal intent, these 'hired guns' are aiming to have the perpetrator confined to a psychiatric institution rather than a jail."
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Category: Psychology Published: July 2009
A Depressing Outlook for Teenagers
Richard E. Vatz , Jeffrey A. Schaler
"Nationwide screening of adolescents for depression is a nightmare whose time, we should hope, has not come."
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Category: Law & Justice Published: March 2010
Doing Away with the "Only One-Fourth of One Percent" Solution
Richard E. Vatz
"Psychiatrists engage in many phony practices but none phonier than the insanity defense."
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Category: Law & Justice Published: September 2010
Bullying by Any Other Name. . .
Richard E. Vatz , Lee S. Weinberg
". . . The juvenile versions of assault, battery, and harassment must be treated seriously, fairly, and firmly. Our children should not be forced to experience their school years at a life of constantly living in panic and fearing for their safety."
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Category: Education Published: September 2011
Diversity in the Academy: In All but Ideas
Richard E. Vatz
"College and university administrators and faculty throughout the U.S. cannot reconcile their support for diversity with their discriminatory policies against conservatives, and there is no source motivating them to do so."
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Category: Life in America Published: May 2012
Sorry Is the Hardest Word
Richard E. Vatz
When public policy issue debate leads to nasty, irrelevant personal attack, as mandated insurance for contraception has in the case of Rush Limbaugh, opponents will turn the issue to the untowardness of the attack and ignore the points at issue.
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Category: Law & Justice Published: March 2014
This Is Insane!
Richard E. Vatz
"What compounds the frustration for victims and their loved ones and supporters faced with criminal perpetrators pleading insane or 'not criminally responsible' is that 'insanity' is not a psychiatrically-accepted term within the practice of that field."
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