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There’s Just Been A Major Breakthrough For Autism: Everything You Need To Know

Autism has, since its discovery, confounded doctors and psychologists. But a breakthrough by Harvard, just announced, might be the beginning of a long road to understanding autism and, ultimately, better care.<p>Autism is often described as the brain lacking a filter; everything comes in at once and, …

Autism

Keira Knightley Says 'F*ck Yeah' She Did Therapy

She knows what's up.<p>Kiera Knightley is the latest celebrity to tout the benefits of therapy -- and we couldn't love her more for it.<p>The actress told ELLE magazine in their September cover story that her twenties were a trying time, but it was therapy that helped her cope with the challenges.<p>"Oh, …

Are You an Engineer of Emotional Walls or Bridges?

Emotional Wall:<p>Go AWAY!<br>• You Make Me Sick!<br>• Do No Enter<br>• Leave Me Alone<br>• I want to Die!<br>• You’re Ugly<br>• I don’t want you here<br>• I HATE YOU!<br>• Get away from me!<br>• I’m …

This common cat parasite could cause mental illness

Cats are cute and cuddly. Some hate Mondays and others make YouTube stars. Many of them also carry the parasite <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i>, which spreads to humans and, as research suggests, can cause serious harm.<p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 60 million people …

Psychotherapy: A better funding model must be found

<i>This is part of a series on improving mental health research, diagnosis and treatment. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #OpenMinds</i><p>When medicare was cobbled together in the 1950s and 1960s, provinces began to offer publicly funded insurance for hospital care and then physician …

Does Terrorism Work?

Rebel groups that employ terror in civil wars seldom win or gain concessions—but they tend to prolong conflicts, a new paper finds.<p>Nearly 14 years into the war on terror, there are signs of terrorism all around us, from Memorial Day tributes to the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the …

Political Science

This is Your Brain on Whiteness: The Invisible Psychology of White American Ignorance Explained

Earlier this week, outlaw motorcycle clubs engaged in a daylight gun battle in Waco, Texas. This combat involved hundreds of people. The mall where …

12 haunting photos that capture how depression and anxiety can feel.

Anxiety and depression are fairly prevalent.<p>One of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S., in 2012 the National Institute of Health …

The Problem With Asking Republicans, 'Would You Have Invaded Iraq?'

Here's the better question: Is war the best response to dictators with WMD?<p>The “would you have invaded Iraq” saga continues. Sunday on Fox News, Chris Wallace tried again and again to get Marco Rubio to say whether, in hindsight, the Bush administration was right to invade a WMD-less Iraq. And …

In Waco carnage, a message to America

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even while the horrific details from the fatal gang battle in Waco, Texas, filter in, it's not too soon to ask: Is this who and what we have become as a nation? A place where a shootout between five heavily armed criminal gangs can unfold at a restaurant, in full view of law enforcement, …

Bullying does more long-term mental health harm than abuse, study says

The long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult, new research shows.<p>Among a large group of children in England, those who were bullied were 60% more likely to have mental health problems as adults than were those who suffered physical, emotional or …

Should You Be Ashamed Of Your Mental Illness? This Chart Will Tell You

Here's a sad reality: Approximately 31 percent of people with mental illness say they choose to not seek treatment for their disorder due to fear of judgment.<p>Stigma is a real issue when it comes to mental health; it acts as a barrier to support and stands in the way of self-acceptance. We put …

Mental Health

How Tsarnaev sentence traps us in cycle of violence

<b>(CNN) —</b> As a Christian, I can't but feel horrified at the news that a federal jury has imposed the death penalty on Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the young man who (with his brother) was responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.<p>This punishment only continues the cycle of violence, and it will not …

US says decade-old Gulf oil leak could last another century

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a decade, oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico where a hurricane toppled a drilling company's platform off …

When the criminal justice system doesn't find justice

Imagine that the lies of others led a jury to convict you of a serious crime you didn't commit, and it took nine years for the truth to set you free.<p>That's the predominant circumstance of people whose wrongful convictions have been tracked by the National Registry of Exonerations, which since 2012 …

Capitalism is the West's Dominant Religion

- Advertisement -<p>Reprinted from www.counterpunch.org<p>"One can behold in capitalism a religion, that is to say, capitalism essentially serves to …

GOP’s endless crazy train: Are you ready for Herman Cain 2016?

<b>Herman Cain (AP/Chris O'meara)</b><p>The 2016 clown car can’t get much longer — but the Republican National Committee can’t be bothered<p>Simon Maloy<p>May 15, 2015 9:58am (UTC)<p>The Republican Party has a bit of mess on its hands heading into the 2016 election season. Simply put, too many Republicans want to be …

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Depression in people who live in unhappy places experienced more than a week a month

People in the country's unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity, …

Mental health patients held in police cells because of a shortage of beds

Nearly a third of the people detained under the Mental Health Act in one area of the country are being locked up in police cells.<p>Of the 255 people …

Claims of bullying culture among staff at Britain's biggest NHS mental health trust

The UK's biggest mental health NHS trust, which covers Broadmoor Hospital and units looking after the most vulnerable female patients, is in turmoil …

Mental Health

Opinion: Some of the everyday struggles people with mental illnesses face in Ireland

WHEN I WAS in my early twenties I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I went to my doctor with a flu and came out with this diagnosis (I was …

Researchers link vitamin D deficiency to seasonal affective disorder

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to increased risk of asthma, cancer and chronic pain, among other conditions. Now, a new study led by …

Vitamin D

African American Christianity, Pt. I: To the Civil War, The Nineteenth Century, Divining America

<b>African American Christianity, Pt. I:</b><p><b>To the Civil War</b><br>Laurie Maffly-Kipp<br>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill <br>©National Humanities Center<p>(part 2 …

The partisan history of every U.S. Senate seat, in 1 awesome chart

By Philip Bump<p>Philip Bump<p>National correspondent focused largely on the numbers behind politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>As an institution, the Senate is built to be stable. One-third of the body is up for a vote every two years, meaning that a majority of senators can't be replaced in any given cycle. Which …

Do You Have Social Anxiety Disorder, Or Are You Just An Introvert?

We live in a diagnosis-happy era. We diagnose kids in school who have a hard time sitting still and focusing as having attention …

Happy People Aren't Always Great At Empathy

<i>By Melissa Dahl Follow @melissadahl</i><p>Perpetually happy individuals are wonderful to have around, until you experience something worth complaining about. Recent research in PLOS ONE suggests that people who are generally cheerful are not so great at reading other people's negative emotions, though …

The NYPD Needs Training in Compassion

In the wake of the death of Eric Garner, and the lack of indictment of the officer who killed him, I am heart-broken. I did not know Eric, nor did I know Michael Brown before him, but my heart goes out to their family and friends. I have known premature loss of a loved one, and can at least relate …

Biological psychiatric problems garner less empathy

(Reuters Health) - Given more information about the biology of a mental disorder, doctors and therapists react with less empathy for the patient, a new study finds.<p>The study didn’t involve real patients - only short descriptions of fictional cases. Still, it found that psychiatrists, psychologists …