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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?

When Wisecracks and Puns Are Symptoms of Brain Damage

A rare neurological disorder called Witzelsucht turns joking, punning and making inappropriate wisecracks into a compulsion.

Why Do People Fall Asleep in Movie Theaters?

Even if the film is full of blasting bombs and flashing lights, it might not be enough to stop some folks from nodding off.

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.

Blind People Don't Always Have the Same Facial Expressions as Sighted People

Are facial expressions learned or innate? A study that looked at the facial expressions of people blind from birth found mixed results.

Is Height a Factor in Our Health and Happiness?

Short or tall, height affects us all — but does it have the power to determine how long we live, or whether we're happy?

Suicide Afflicts Farmers at Rate Shockingly Higher Than All Other Jobs

A new study shows that suicide afflicts farmers in the United States at a rate consistently higher than any other profession.

Social Jet Lag May Be Bad for Your Heart

A new study links sleeping in on the weekends with an increased likelihood of heart disease.

Are Private or Public College Students More Stressed? Reddit May Hold the Answer

Researchers have been analyzing Reddit posts to figure out which colleges have the most stressed-out students.

The Language You Speak Affects How You Perceive Time

Swedish speakers tend to measure time by distance, while Spanish speakers tend to say measure it by volume. But how does this difference in expression affect how people perceive time?

Why All the Hullabaloo Over Handshakes? They Matter

We've all performed this social ritual thousands of times but, as it turns out, there's a right way and a wrong way to shake hands. A psychologist who has studied the art and psychology behind handshakes explains.

How Sigmund Freud Worked

Sigmund Freud is considered the father of psychoanalysis, although today many of his theories are viewed unfavorably. Why is his legacy still so important?

People With Cotard's Delusion Are Convinced They're Already Dead

The delusion, also called "walking corpse syndrome," causes people to feel like they don't exist, are putrefying or missing body parts.