Mental Health

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Does Playing With Toy Guns Lead to Later Acts of Gun Violence?

Experts who've studied this say you have to look at several factors regarding parenting, toy guns and aggression.

'Hangry' is Real, but Tameable

Science shows that, although people do tend to feel angrier when hungry, there are ways to tame that "hangry" feeling.

U.S. Needs to Have an Ongoing Conversation About Suicide

Suicide is a major challenge to public health in the United States. But like most public health problems, it can be prevented.

Yes, You Can Catch Up On Your Sleep!

Experts have long advised people to get up at the same time each day for better sleep long-term. But a new study is great news for people who like to sleep in on their days off.

Hear Sounds When Watching Silent Videos? It Might Be Synesthesia

Some people really can hear silent moving images. It's called visual-evoked auditory response, or vEAR, and one in five people may have it.

Pulling Off the Perfect Power Nap

Most sleep experts recommend a nap of 20 to 30 minutes in the afternoon, but some say that longer naps bring about significant improvement in creative problem-solving.

Being a Night Owl Can Shorten Your Life

Not getting enough quality sleep can take a serious toll on your mental and physical well-being. It can also shorten your life.

Why Can't You Taste Your Tongue?

It may seem like a ridiculous question, but it's actually kind of a mindbender.

Why Are We So Crazy Over Celebrity Babies?

The announcements of Kylie Jenner's 'surprise' baby and Beyonce's pregnancy with twins were two of the most liked Instagrams of all time. Why do celebrity babies excite the public so much?

Preventing Suicide While Protecting Gun Rights

A startling two-thirds of gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides, not homicides. Some suicide prevention advocates and gun rights supporters are coming together to educate people about suicide risk.

Are People Getting Lonelier? Experts Are Divided

Loneliness is such a prevalent problem that the British have appointed a minister for loneliness.

Repeat Hits in Football As Bad As Those Causing Concussions, New Study Finds

Scientists studying the brains of football players find more disturbing news about the causes of CTE.

'Gloomy Sunday:' The Song Linked to More Than 100 Suicides

Can a song or music really push a person that far to the edge?

If the Idea of a Phone Call Triggers Serious Anxiety, You're Not Alone

Some people are afraid of snakes or heights or plane crashes. For people with telephobia, a phone call is a big fat "no-can-do."

There's Science Behind the Secrets We Humans Keep

Secrets can take a measurable mental and physical toll on those who keep — and share — them.

How Hoarding Works

Hoarding is a serious mental illness that is extremely hard to treat. Find out what we've learned about the disorder over the years and how psychiatrists and psychologists are helping those who are living with the disease.

Opioids vs. Crack: The Politics of Race and Addiction

Experts can't help noticing that people who are now addicted to opioids are characterized as victims, while crack addicts were labeled as criminals. Is race the reason?

Why Some People Can't Sleep Without a Fan

Are you one of those people who can't fall asleep without the sound of a fan? The reason may have something to do with your "sleep spindles."

How Animal Hoarders Differ from Object Hoarders

Experts are divided on whether animal hoarding should be considered a separate mental disorder from general hoarding.

How the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Works

Now in its fifth edition, the DSM is the bible of diagnosing mental disorders in the U.S. Adding or removing a condition from the manual can greatly impact public opinion, as well as pharmaceutical and insurance practices.

Getting a Ph.D. Can Harm Your Mental Health

Doctoral programs are extremely grueling and stressful at times, but a new study shows they can even spark some serious psychiatric problems.

Why Seeking Therapy Can Be Taboo for African-Americans

Although African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious psychological distress than white Americans, they are far less likely to get help. Here's why.

How Imaginary Friends Work

Many kids grow up with imaginary friends. Why do they rely on these make-believe playmates and are they a sign of trouble or great things?

Do We Really Need Internet Addiction Treatment Centers?

Although internet addiction is classified as a national epidemic in some Asian countries, the U.S. has been slower to make that assumption. But is that caution justified?


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