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Mental Disorders

From depression to schizophrenia, mental disorders vary greatly in severity and impact on daily life. Learn about the causes and treatments available for a variety of mental disorders.

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What is Alice in Wonderland Syndrome?

Learn more about the rare and unusual mental disorder, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. Find out what causes these fairy tale-like symptoms.


Is It Possible to Share Your Psychosis?

Although it's rare, there are cases of two people sharing the same psychotic condition. How does that happen? See more »

'I'm so OCD!' The Danger of Misusing Psychiatric Lingo

Casually using psychiatric terms for personality quirks can be harmful to people who actually have these illnesses. See more »

How Psychopaths Work

Your average psychopath isn't a ruthless killer. It's far likelier you'll find them running for office, leading a company or just enjoying a cup of coffee next to you at work. See more »

Ridiculous History: When People Thought They Were Made of Glass

Imagine being afraid that if someone touches you or that if you sit down, you'll break. That's what life was like for someone with the glass delusion. See more »

Crunch Time: Hearing Yourself Chew May Prevent Overeating

Food scientists dub sound 'the forgotten flavor sense.' A new study looked at how sound factored into how much we ate, with some interesting results. See more »

How Narcissism Works

Is social media turning us all into raging narcissists? Probably not, but that doesn't mean your friends aren't sick of your selfies. See more »

Three Risk Factors Could Predict Violence in Adults With Mental Illness

Violent behavior within six months is significantly more likely in people with mental illness if they've experienced these three risk factors. See more »

Suicides of Top Chefs Shed Light on Food Industry Issues

Fine dining is full of intense pressure and really long hours for food professionals. One nonprofit is trying to change that reality. See more »

10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind

Financial hardship. Work deadlines. A trip to Paris. Wait, what? A visit to the City of Light is enough to send you off the deep end? See more »

Why are people afraid of clowns?

Some blame coulrophobia, or the irrational fear of clowns, on Pennywise, the psycho clown in Stephen King's 1986 book "It.” But clowns started scaring people long before that. See more »