Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, The Mayor of Oklahoma City, A New Kind of Commencement Speech

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More than a Weather Man | In Praise of the Less-Than-Earnest Commencement Speech | The Mayor of Oklahoma City on How His City is Coping | Geena Davis on Gender, Media, and Perception | The DSM and Mental Health in America | Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Teachers: Unsung Heroes of the Oklahoma City Tornado

As the road to recovery begins for the people affected by the Oklahoma City Tornado Monday, unsung heroes have emerged out of this tragedy. People whose jobs helped to save lives, keep others calm, and keep the public informed. Among them are the school teachers who rushed their students to safety.

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More than a Weather Man

In some parts of the country, the meteorologist on the local news is more than just a weatherman. He’s a life-saver, a legend, a guardian. Few meteorologists fit that profile more than News 9’s Michael Armstrong.

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The Mayor of Oklahoma City on How His City is Coping

The giant tornado that struck Oklahoma City and its suburbs on Monday destroyed entire neighborhoods, leaving at least two dozen dead, and hundreds injured. Mick Cornett, the mayor of Oklahoma City, gives an update on his area is faring now, and what work is at the top of his to-do list. 

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Geena Davis on Gender, Media, and Perception

Academy Award-winning-actor Geena Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media to improve gender portrayals in children's media. The institute's newest project, in partnership with the Independent Television Service, is a series of short videos titled "Guess Who," which challenge kids' assumptions about gender roles.

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In Praise of the Less-Than-Earnest Commencement Speech

It's that time of year when new graduates must sit through commencement speeches, some of which will be boring, some of which will be inspiring, and most of which will be very earnest. Renowned financial educator and broadcaster Alvin Hall thinks that maybe they should be a little less earnest. 

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The DSM and Mental Health in America

This week, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. Known as psychiatry's bible, the DSM provides mental health professionals with descriptions and diagnostic criteria for every recognized mental disorder. Dr. Allen Frances chaired the DSM IV Task Force. He is concerned about "a loosening of the diagnostic criteria" in mental health care.

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Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

This week, the American Psychiatric Association unveils the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the so-called bible of mental illness. The bible has changed with our society's understanding of mental illness and health; and it's changed along with what we've all come to understand as quote unquote, normal. But beyond that controversial book are the voices behind the diagnoses.

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