by Raj Persaud and Professor David Canter BBC News is reporting that seven women who were tricked into relationships by undercover police officers in the UK, have now received a public apology and significant compensation settlements from London’s Metropolitan Police. The officers were from two undercover units, now disbanded, and the relationships took place over a 25-year period up to that time. Source: Raj Persaud The BBC News site is also reporting that three women have allowed themselves to be named in public, and include complaints that they were tricked by the state into trusting their hearts to men who turned out to be actors. One of the officers had relationships with more than one victim, and left another targeted woman with whom he had a son. She has separately settled her case with the Metropolitan Police for more than £400,000. But has the reporting of the cases over-simplified the predicament of undercover agents and their relationships? Law … [Read more...] about Lifting the Covers: Sex with the Undercover Police
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Source: JerzyGorecki/Pixabay Ketamine for depression Ketamine is an anesthetic, a sedative , and a painkiller. Ketamine has been used to treat many physical and mental health conditions, such as chronic pain , anxiety , post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ), and depression . For instance, a form of ketamine called esketamine (Spravato) , administered as a nasal spray, was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage treatment-resistant depression. An article by Park and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), published in the November issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica , explored if ketamine is effective in the treatment of both typical and atypical depressive symptoms . Typical depression and atypical depression Before describing the findings of the study, let me explain the difference between typical and atypical depression. Common symptoms of typical depression (sometimes called … [Read more...] about Is Ketamine Effective for Typical and Atypical Depression?
Source: K. Ramsland On January 13, Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Supreme Court denied an effort by her defense attorneys to hold a competency hearing to determine if her mental illness made her ineligible for the death penalty. In 2004, Montgomery had duped Bobbie Jo Stinnett, then 8 months pregnant, into believing she was a friend and a customer. Once inside Stinnett’s home, Montgomery strangled her and cut the baby from her womb. Police learned about Montgomery via emails and recovered the child. Montgomery went to prison. There are around 30 such cases on record of female predators who steal unborn babies. Variously labeled womb raiding, fetal snatching, and Caesarean kidnapping, the act is a rare but dangerous form of stalking . Its clinical name is “newborn kidnapping by cesarean section.” These women become so desperate to acquire a baby they’ll kill for it—even quite brutally. In 1987, … [Read more...] about The Fetal Snatcher: Desperate to Be a Mom
Elison Alcovendaz is a writer based in Sacramento, CA. His work has appeared in several publications, including The Portland Review, Under the Gum Tree, Agave Magazine, and others. "A Man's ABCs of Miscarriage" was first published in The Rumpus. For more information on the author, please visit www. elisonalcovendaz.com . A is for Alphabet . Long before Patty got pregnant, my Facebook friends populated my newsfeed with articles discussing the importance of words in a child’s development. So when, a couple years later, Patty woke me up at 5 a.m. with a positive pregnancy test in her hand and a smile on her face, I started buying children’s books that day. Where the Sidewalk Ends. The House on Pooh Corner. I leaned my face to Patty’s stomach and talked to our baby about everything—my workday, the 49ers, how much we already loved him (I always imagined a “him”). I imagined teaching him a literary alphabet. “A is for Absalom!, Absalom!. B is for Borges…” If words were … [Read more...] about A Man’s ABCs of Miscarriage