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What Happens When Narcissism Turns Malignant

Narcissism is one of the Dark Triad traits that also include psychopathy and Machiavellianism. New research that sadism brings its own unique contribution to the equation.

Self-Injury Mortality: A Deadly Crisis

The number of deaths resulting from self-injury is staggering and growing. Over 70% of these deaths occur in people less than 55 years old.

Forgiveness: 3 Misconceptions

By Robert Enright, Ph.D. on February 18, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Forgiving others can be misunderstood, preventing psychological healing.

The Prevention of Psychosis Relapse

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on February 17, 2017 in Brain and Behavior
How schizophrenia patients can employ frequent in-person check-ins.

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World's First Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

By Georgia Ede MD on February 17, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Groundbreaking research proves that dietary choices have the power to help reduce and even reverse depression.

Early Brain Over-Growth Is Indicative of Autism as Predicted

The imprinted brain theory links brain growth to autism, and a new study confirms the association.

Alzheimer's Disease: Repeating Failures

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in iAge
What we have learned from history is that dementia is complex; why are we simplifying the disease again?
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To App or Not to App

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on February 13, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
American Psychiatric Association takes Leadership in the Wild West of Mental Health Apps

Diagnosing Donald Trump

What does psychiatric diagnosis add to political criticism of President Trump?

How Exercise Reduces Depression, Anxiety, Cynicism, & Anger

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on February 12, 2017 in Neuraptitude
Exercise may be on par with antidepressants and psychotherapy in the treatment of depression; it even benefits non-pathological mental states as well as reduces mortality.

Five Things You Should Know About Gender Trends on Campus

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 12, 2017 in College Wellness
College aged adults are redefining what it means to be a man or a woman.
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Depression: A Psychiatrist Suggests Peanut Butter, Chocolate

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on February 10, 2017 in On Call
Can peanut butter and dark chocolate help relieve depression?

What “Counts” for Autism Has Been Dropping: Is That Good?

By David Rettew M.D. on February 08, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Compared to decades past, the diagnosis of autism now encompasses many more children with “milder” behaviors. This likely underlies much of autism’s apparent increase in rate.

Thoughts on Grof, Epilepsy, and Mysticism

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in Boundless
The boundaries between neurological disorder and mystical experience cannot be mapped neatly.

Sleep Disturbances Have Many Causes

Is chronic insomnia wearing you down? Learning about different kinds of sleep problems and their causes may help you find a more effective treatment.

Clinician’s Corner: Understanding Culture and Therapy Use

Research consistently note that many African Americans may be reluctant to seek therapy. Therefore, it is important that providers understand how they can engage clients.
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Depression: A Psychiatrist’s Recommendations for Self-care

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on January 31, 2017 in On Call
Depressed? Here are techniques you can do yourself to help.

Trump Isn't Crazy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 31, 2017 in Saving Normal
I wrote the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Trump doesn't meet them.

Why U.S. Presidents Should be Psychologically Vetted

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Think Well
In the United States, most responsible occupations require specific training, passing a licensing exam, and/or rigorous psychological screening. Why, then, not the presidency?

10 Things to Consider When Someone You Love Has Depression

Do you know or love someone who struggles with depression? Here are ten things to consider about their situation.

Why We Resist Change

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on January 25, 2017 in The Truisms of Wellness
The body’s inertia is an overlooked concept when it comes to understanding our inherent complex resistance to beginning a new diet or exercise routine.

Post-Traumatic Stress: Emerging Treatment Strategies

Are you struggling with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder? If medications aren't helping, complementary and alternative treatments can help you feel and function better.

Forgiveness Therapy and Empathy in Cases of Sexual Abuse

By Robert Enright, Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Is encouraging empathy within psychotherapy always a good idea or can it be dangerous especially in cases of sexual abuse?

Virtual Reality and Dream Research

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Virtual reality environments may be used to influence dream content patterns

Adolescent Depression: Early Mental Health Services Are Key

By Christopher Bergland on January 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Young teenagers with depressive symptoms—who make contact with mental health services—are seven times less likely to develop major depressive disorders later in life, study shows.

Skunk, Wax, and Edibles: What Marijuana Is Your Child Using?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on January 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
With increasing potency, modern forms of cannabis are "not your father's marijuana." What does that mean for kids?

Laws to Force Treatment Are Not the Answer to Mass Murder

By Dinah Miller M.D. on January 18, 2017 in Committed
Mass murder is a rare but terrifying event and when the perpetrator has a mental illness, it's tempting to think that laws to force care will prevent tragedies.

Depression Takes a Heavy Toll on Your Heart, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The latest findings of a 10 year study show that depression can be just as hard on your heart as obesity or high cholesterol.

Donald Trump and the 'Golden Showers' Allegations

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 12, 2017 in In Excess
Over the last day or so, stories have cited unverified claims that Donald Trump paid prostitutes to urinate in front of him. But what do we actually know about urophilia?

How Can Parents Help?

Nearing the end of the childhood made crazy series. Check out the whole series!

Raising Children Who Don’t Give Up

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on January 10, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Take heart - developmental progress is on the side of perseverance, not quitting.
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Three Parents Speak

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

Dodge the DSM and Its True Believers!

Have you been played by psychiatric authorities?
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Her Lost Year

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.