Texas Defends Mental Standards in SCOTUS Death Penalty Case

Another Texas death penalty case was argued at the United States Supreme Court this week. The two questions presented was whether executing someone 35 years after the imposition of a death sentence, and allegedly using outdated medical standards to determine intellectual disability, is cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. The Eighth Amendment prohibits executing those who are intellectually disabled.


Study: Religion Is Beneficial To Mental Health

In a recent article in the Psychiatric Times, Rob Whitley, Ph.D. and Eric Jarvis, M.D. aim to teach some of their less than religious colleagues how to utilize the faith of their patients as a means for recovery. The authors observe, “Religiosity has consistently been identified as a factor that can promote healing and facilitate recovery amongst those with various physical and mental illnesses.”

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