The importance of penis panics to cultural psychiatry

The Boston Globe has an excellent article about supposedly culture specific mental illnesses and how they are an ongoing puzzle for psychiatry’s diagnostic manual. These conditions are called culture-bound syndromes in the DSM but they’ve ...

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Finding Out Your Spouse is Gay

Being left by a spouse who says that the marriage is over is difficult and coming to terms with the loss can be excruciating. But when the marriage is over because your spouse turns out to be gay, there is a whole different layer of thoughts and ...

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Shame Is at the Root of Narcissistic, Borderline Personality Disorders

The "Boscia albitrunca" tree, called the "Tree of Life" because it offers sustenance to both humans and animals, grows in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Because of its parched environments, it needs a deep root system to gather as much water as ...

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Does The Weather Affect Your Mood?

Do grey skies make you blue or is it summer that gets your goat? When you tell people this, though, they don't believe it. Most of us intuitively think the weather has quite a strong effect on our mood. Many assume that the rain and cold weather ...

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Why we're better at predicting other people's behaviour than our own

Psychologists have identified an important reason why our insight into our own psyches is so poor. Emily Balcetis and David Dunning found that when predicting our own behaviour, we fail to take the influence of the situation into account. By ...

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Better research is needed to understand why elders are happier

Older people tend to be happier. But why? Some psychologists believe that cognitive processes are responsible -- in particular, focusing on and remembering positive events and leaving behind negative ones; those processes, they think, help older ...

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A gene for depression localized

Psychiatric disorders can be described on many levels, the most traditional of which are subjective descriptions of the experience of being depressed and the use of rating scales that quantify depressive symptoms. Over the past two decades, research ...

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Exercise Is Good for Your Waistline -- But It's a Writing Exercise

Is losing weight as simple as doing a 15-minute writing exercise? In a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, women who wrote about their most important values, like close relationships, ...

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Publishers, psychological tests and greed

There was an intriguing piece in the New England Journal of Medicine this week about a commonly used screening test that indicates if someone is likely to have dementia. The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is widely used throughout the world ...

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Sexual Orientation Obsessions in OCD

Sexual orientation obsessions in OCD (SO-OCD) are a specific type of sexual obsession. These symptoms continue to cause a great deal of concern and confusion among OCD sufferers and the professional community alike. SO-OCD is sometimes called HOCD ...

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The Psychology Behind Gift-Giving and Generosity

A few weeks ago psychologist Dan Ariely, inspired by the holiday frenzy, pondered the hows and whys of gift-giving. Reading his piece—an endorsement of a behavioral economics view that challenges the rational economic contention that gift-giving ...

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Blogging May Help Teens Dealing With Social Distress

Blogging may have psychological benefits for teens suffering from social anxiety, improving their self-esteem and helping them relate better to their friends, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. "Research ...

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The Joy of Quiet

In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem ...

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Adults get it too

Speaking to Today, the 41-year-old US-born Singapore permanent resident admitted that his disorderly train of thoughts meant that he would never remember putting things back in their original places. While surfing the Internet, he gets easily ...

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Schizophrenia Diagnosis Associated With Progressive Brain Changes ...

Adolescents diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses appear to show greater decreases in gray matter volume and increases in cerebrospinal fluid in the frontal lobe compared to healthy adolescents without a diagnosis of psychosis, according ...

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