Mental Health

Find articles on stress, phobias and schizophrenia. This section offers information on a range of mental health issues.

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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."

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Shelley Danzy

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.

By Alia Hoyt

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?

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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?

By Dave Roos

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Jonathan Strickland

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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?

By Shelley Danzy

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.

By John Donovan

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

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Alia Hoyt

The experts have determined the right age for lots of life decisions.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

One expert calls anger a source of creative juice. Here's why.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Americans are struggling to maintain their core values in the face of heightened political polarization.

By Yves Jeffcoat

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Preference for a very limited range of food can be common in children. But when does it become a diagnosable affliction for adults?

By Jesslyn Shields

Green spaces aren't just a city-planning gimmick. Living near birds and shrubs really does have measurable benefits, new research shows.

By Kate Kershner