World of Psychology

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A doctoral clinical student is currently conducting a Miami University and Ohio Mental Health Department supported study of practitioner’s and consumer’s...

The State of Depression

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, a nonprofit organization offering information, support groups, advocacy, research and more, released a report called The State of Depression in America. It examines the landscape, socioeconomic impact, health care access issues, treatment and emergent recovery methods and more, focusing on a call to action. In the course of compiling the report, solutions arose, and The State of Depression recommends many sensible strategies including education, coordinated care and consumer-driven treatment. It concludes, "If implemented, the opportunities...

Web suicide pacts surge in Japan

Web suicide pacts surge in Japan

While the statistics are easy and true on the surface, they are a tiny, tiny statistical blip in the overall number of Japanese suicides. 34,000 in 2003, to be exact. Put 34 into 34,000 and you get of all suicides.

Something to focus a lot of policing or media attention on? Sure, maybe a little.

Just another example of something connected to the Internet getting seriously undue and unwarranted attention. Suicide is a horrible, irrational act. Trying...

Toxoplasma Parasite Mind Control?

Toxoplasma Parasite Mind Control

If the parasite can alter rat behavior, does it have any effect on humans? Dr. E. Fuller Torrey (Associate Director for Laboratory Research at the Stanley Medical Research Institute) noticed links between Toxoplasma and schizophrenia in human beings, approximately three billion of whom are infected with T. gondii:

Toxoplasma infection is associated with damage to astrocytes, glial cells which surround and support neurons. Schizophrenia is also associated with damage to astrocytes.
Pregnant women with high levels of antibodies to Toxoplasma are more...

Arguing Parents Leads to Stressed Out Kids

Six-year-olds whose parents displayed frequent disagreements in their relationship responded to subsequent parental conflicts with elevated distress and negative thoughts, according to a team of researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of Notre Dame.

In the latest issue of the journal Child...