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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Munchausen Overview

Being sick is something most people try to avoid. But some relish the thought of going to the doctor, undergoing tests -- even having painful surgery. Though they know they aren't really sick, people with Munchausen syndrome pretend to be ill because they're seeking attention and sympathy.


Do You Have Coffee Bubble Phobia? Scientists Now Know Why

Scientists believe that coffee bubble phobia — a symptom of trypophobia, or a fear of holes — could be an evolutionary aversion to parasites.

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?

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?