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Suicide Rate Among Black Children Increases, Study Says

May 22, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a million adults in the United States attempted suicide in 2010, with nearly 16% of students seriously considering suicide at some point during the last year. For young people between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third-leading cause of death, claiming 4,600 lives each year. Among children ages 5 to 11, suicide is relatively rare. According to a new study published... Read More

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Supreme Court Rules on Mental Health Issue, and Other News

May 22, 2015

United States Supreme Court In 2008, Teresa Sheehan, a woman with a long history of mental health issues, was shot multiple times by two San Francisco police officers. The incident occurred after a social worker called police to the group home where Sheehan lived. Sheehan was experiencing mental health difficulties, and allegedly threatened group home members. When police arrived and entered the home without a warrant,... Read More


Do Psychiatric Drugs Do More Harm Than Good?

May 21, 2015

Twenty percent of Americans take at least one psychiatric drug. According to Peter C. Gøtzsche, professor at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Denmark, these drugs may be more harmful than beneficial. BMJ published Gøtzsche’s claims that it’s possible to eliminate psychiatric drugs without serious negative consequences, but not all experts agree. Responding to Gøtzsche’s claims, Allan Young, a professor... Read More

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Self-Care Skills Key to Job Success in Adults with Autism

May 20, 2015

One in 68 children—and one in 42 boys—is on the autism spectrum. Parents of children with autism face a host of challenges that don’t end with the daily struggles of raising a child who is “different.” Some also worry about their child’s ability to get a job or live independently. New research presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research offers parents some hope, pointing to evidence... Read More

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Report Uncovers Abuse of Inmates with Mental Health Issues

May 19, 2015

According to a new Human Rights Watch report, abuse of prisoners with mental health issues is rampant. The report details intense physical violence, including shocking prisoners, trapping them for days in restraining chairs, and spraying them with dangerous chemicals. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that about half of all prison inmates have a mental “illness,” suggesting that large numbers of prisoners... Read More

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Study Suggests Depression Increases Stroke Risk in Seniors

May 18, 2015

Depression is common, affecting 14.8 million Americans—almost 7% of the population—every year. Depression rates are even higher among seniors, with as many as 15% suffering from symptoms of clinical depression in any given year. Seniors with depression may face a number of health problems, and the pain of depression can lead to increased isolation—already a serious problem among older adults. Now, a new study published... Read More


Distinguishing Depression from Bipolar Sadness, and Other News

May 15, 2015

Researchers have long struggled to differentiate the depression associated with bipolar from the depression that comes with major depression. A new study suggests that the sadness associated with depression and bipolar is different, though. Researchers compared 42 people with depression to 35 with bipolar. The control group consisted of 36 people without either condition. The researchers then showed participants photos... Read More

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Study: Miscarriage Remains Misunderstood and Stigmatized

May 14, 2015

As many as 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, yet many people remain unaware of just how common the experience is. It’s commonplace not to reveal a pregnancy until the end of the first trimester, when the risk of miscarriage diminishes. Consequently, many women don’t tell loved ones about their miscarriages, leaving them to experience their grief alone. According to a new study published in Obstetrics... Read More

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More Sex, More Happiness? Maybe Less, Study Suggests

May 13, 2015

If you’re not having as much sex as you’d like, you might think more sex would make you happier. Both anecdotal data and scientific research have long suggested that people who have more sex tend to be happier, so it makes sense to conclude that more sex might be a cure for the blues. According to a new study published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, though, more sex won’t make... Read More

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Are Porn and Video Games Causing a Masculinity Crisis?

May 12, 2015

More than 40 years ago, Philip Zimbardo oversaw the Stanford Prison Experiment—one of psychology’s best-known and most controversial studies. Now Zimbardo is interested in the changing face of masculinity. In his new book, Man (Dis)Connected: How Technology Has Sabotaged What it Means to Be Male, and What Can Be Done, Zimbardo chronicles his latest research, which suggests that pornography and video games are... Read More

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Do Women Want Sex with the Same Frequency as Do Men?

May 11, 2015

Men want sex and women want love, right? That’s what dozens of studies have set out to prove, often resulting in salacious headlines and lots of publicity. In one famous study, an attractive stranger approached college students for no-strings-attached sex, and found that men were far more likely to consent to the encounter than women. With studies finding that as many as 45% of women have faced some form of sexual... Read More

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Exposure to Violent News Can Cause Trauma, and Other News

May 8, 2015

Exposure to traumatic or life-threatening circumstances, such as a rape, car accident, or military combat, can lead to symptoms of posttraumatic stress. According to a new study, though, you don’t have to have firsthand experience of these events to suffer trauma. Researchers gave 189 participants with no prior trauma history a questionnaire that posed questions about social media use and symptoms of trauma. Twenty-two... Read More

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Few Military Women Seek Help for Sexual Assault, Study Finds

May 7, 2015

Rape and sexual assault can have devastating consequences, from intrusive flashbacks to chronic anxiety and depression. Sexual assault remains common, particularly in the U.S. military, where 5% of women and 1% of men say they have been sexually assaulted. Psychotherapy can work wonders for those recovering from sexual assault, but a new study suggests that few military sexual assault survivors seek the help they deserve. Most... Read More

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Can the Price of Wine Change the Way You Think About It?

May 6, 2015

Anyone who’s ever marketed—or purchased—an overly hyped product knows that price can drive demand. Pricing a product too cheaply can change the way consumers feel about it. After all, the thinking goes, a product that can be cheaply sold must have something wrong with it. It turns out the bias in favor of more expensive products doesn’t just affect consumer behavior; it can also change the way your brain... Read More

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