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Unmasking the Neurobiology of Love

Romantic love has always been one of mankind's greatest mysteries -- difficult to define, yet equally difficult to miss when it happens. For centuries poets, philosophers, and more than a few stray troubadours have endlessly pondered the nature of this ever-so-ephemeral emotion, providing us with a …

Why I Used To Hit Women

Empty and crying, I looked into the mirror and for the first time in my life, I saw my father. I had become my worst nightmare.<p>But me, I wasn't the kind of abuser who hit his girl for no reason. I thought my acts were validated. I was always in the right — just like my father.<p>The first time I …

Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Scientists analyzing data from a map of connections inside the human brain have gained new insights into the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.<p>Past images of brain structures showed that the brains of people with ADHD mature later than those of people without the condition. …

What Happens To Our Brain When We're In Love?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How We Love.<p><b>About Helen Fisher's TEDTalk</b><p>Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped.<p><b>About Helen</b> …

North Korea erases 'eternal president' from banknotes

Kim Il-sung’s image has been removed from the country’s 5000 won bill, in a move that may be designed to consolidate his grandson’s position as ruler. Daily NK reports<p>North Korean authorities have begun replacing all 5000 won bills in the country with a new note, according to sources inside the …

Silent Victims: An Epidemic of Traumatized Children

In his speech to a crowded room in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama stated, "This is our first task, caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right." President Obama called for a comprehensive response to the tragic shootings, asking …

How to Mindfully Transform a Painful Memory

Memories can be greatly distorted by strong, painful emotions from a trauma and can create unwholesome, distorted self-judgments. Returning to the original ordeal from the safety of the present, particularly with a supportive therapist or a wise and trusted friend at your side, can allow you to …

We have to decide to listen to sexually abused children

The first question to ask about the Oxford child sex abuse ring has nothing to do with race or gender. To mire oneself, now, in an argument about whether Muslim men hate girls more than other men do or whether, conversely, all men hate women and, by extension, so does society, would be a diversion. …

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear, researchers say. This could help explain why children who suffer abuse are much more likely than others to develop problems like anxiety and depression later on.<p>Brain scans of teenagers revealed weaker …

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Teenager's Guide to Depression<p>Conflict Resolution Skills<p>Phobias and Irrational Fears<p>Does My Child Have Autism?<p>Relaxation Techniques<p>Emotional …

Mental Health

The Suicide Catcher

In the rapidly modernizing, constantly churning city of Nanjing, China, there is a legendary bridge, four miles long, where day after day, week after week, the desperate and melancholy and tormented come to end their lives. Most end up in the Yangtze River, 130 feet below. But some do not meet …

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10 Traits of Emotionally Resilient People

Brad Waters, <i>Guest Writer</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Ten years ago this month, Hara Estroff Marano, Editor-at-Large for <i>Psychology Today,</i> wrote in her article “The Art …

How Stress Changes The Brain After A Disaster

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 04/29/2014 01:56 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>How well a person recovers from traumatic events may depend on in part on their self-esteem, according to researchers who examined the effects of a major earthquake on the survivors' brains.<p>The researchers had …

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Teen Trauma-Sensitive Addiction Treatment

<i>“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”</i> Laurell Hamilton1<p>It's hard enough just …

Mental Health

L.A. County should invest $20 million to keep mentally ill out of jail

After years of doing far too little to divert mentally ill people from jail, Los Angeles County leaders now seem to realize that they must step up the pace. The Board of Supervisors can demonstrate that it is serious about better mental health treatment and more responsible jail management by …

Mental Health

Diagnosing Mental Illness in Ancient Greece and Rome

Gods-given hallucinations and suppressing anger for the greater good: How what's considered "abnormal" has changed.<p>We can put a man on the moon a rover on Mars but we’re still figuring out our own brains. Mental illness is stigmatized, potentially overdiagnosed, and often misunderstood. Scientists …

Watching Mental Illness Take a Family Member

Laws protect the right to remain untreated, so unless the mentally ill become dangerous to themselves or others, you can't force them to see a doctor.<p>When “troubled actress” Amanda Bynes recently set fire to her pant leg, it was easy for me to guess what her family felt: relief that she had finally …

Colorado Will No Longer Send the 'Major Mentally Ill' to Solitary Confinement

Under fire from critics and the federal courts, state officials make a bold move. But how will the new rule be put into practice?<p>Colorado prison officials last week did a good thing—a very good thing. The Colorado Department of Corrections issued a memo to all state wardens telling them that …

California adopts new policies on treatment of mentally ill inmates

California prison officials adopted sweeping new policies intended to protect mentally ill prisoners from abusive force and punishment, including use of pepper spray and deep isolation in solitary confinement cells.<p>The policies, outlined in court documents filed Friday, were developed over the last …

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California revises rules on use of force with mentally ill inmates | Reuters

(Reuters) - California on Friday announced court-ordered policy changes aimed at curbing the use of force against thousands of mentally ill inmates after video footage showed prisoners screaming as guards doused them in pepper spray.<p>The changes follow on from an April ruling by U.S. District Judge …

How Well Do We Really Understand Mental lllness?

The line between illness and the human condition can be very fine.<p>Despite the high stakes involved in making a psychiatric diagnosis, identifying patients’ specific forms of suffering can be extremely challenging. Dr. Christine Montross, a staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI, …

Seven Reasons Why the Mental Health Stigma Is a Killer

Photo: Steven Depolo/Flickr<p>One in four people - so on average, someone in the typical two parent, two children family - will suffer from a mental …

Robin Williams dead of suspected suicide: Mental issues can be fatal, Dr. Drew says

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died at his Northern California home Monday. He was 63-years-old. In a statement, his representative said Williams had been "battling severe depression of late."<p>Going public with depression<p>The Marin County, California, Sheriff's office says an investigation is …

The Down And Dirty History Of TMZ

How a lawyer from the San Fernando Valley created a gossip empire and transformed himself into the most feared man in Hollywood, all by breaking a few long-held rules and, as rumor has it, lording over a notorious vault full of secrets.<p>For just $53, you can purchase a guaranteed front-of-the-bus …

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Just How Likely Is Another World War?

Assessing the similarities and differences between 1914 and 2014<p>A century ago this month, Europeans stood on the brink of a war so devastating that it forced historians to create a new category: “World War.” None of the leaders at the time could imagine the wasteland they would inhabit four years …

Tourists back to paradise as Hawaii area struggles

HONOLULU (AP) — His generator whirring at top speed, Gene Lamkin used rain captured from Tropical Storm Iselle to wash his hair as he and thousands …