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World of Psychology


A Scary Bipolar Child Story

Meet Max.

He's a 10 year old who's gone through a lifetime of trials and tribulations already.

And he was profiled in this story in Newsweek about children with bipolar disorder.

Max had an unusual childhood, according to the article:


Max never slept through the night, and neither did she. He cried for hours at a time. He banged his head against his crib and screamed until his face burned red. Nursing, cuddling, pacifiers—none of them helped. At 2 , at 3, at 4 and 5...
Brain and Behavior

The Psychiatrist Under the Table

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772-1810) is a brilliant and controversial figure in Hasidic Judaism, perhaps best known for his spiritual “tales” (Steinsaltz, 1993). One of Rebbe Nachman's most famous stories, as re-told by Rabbi Alan Lew (Lew, 2008), is about a Prince

“…who came to...

The Link Between Video Games and Violence

I have long been skeptical of the direct causation link some professionals pronounce exists between increased violence and playing violent video games (or video games with violence in them). If something smells like a scapegoat, it usually is (think of the Internet in "Internet addiction").

So it wasn't surprising for me to read that more and more researchers are questioning these links, and suggesting that while there may be a link, it is a complex and nuanced one. It's not one that easily fits...

Feds Indict Lori Drew in Megan Meier Case

Lori Drew, the alleged perpetrator behind a slate of nasty Myspace messages Megan Meier received from "Josh" that appear to have led to her suicide hours later, has been indicted by federal prosecutors in Missouri. We previously reported on the Megan Meier murder and noted last December how cowardly local prosecutors declined to prosecute Drew.

Drew was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of fraudulently gaining access to someone else's computer. Lori Drew has denied creating the fake account or...

Social Networks May Blur Professional Boundaries

With the rising movement of e-patients and social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Myspace, a question has recently surfaced on a mental health mailing list I subscribe to where a professional asks, "When should I accept a 'friend' request from a patient or former patient?"

It's a good question and one that sheds some light on the blurring of the traditionally clear boundaries between doctor and patient (or, in the case of psychotherapy, therapist and client).

It helps first to understand some terminology....

ADHD and Consumer Reports

Attention deficit disorder is a classic example of the medicalization of mental disorders, where virtually everyone "believes" it is some sort of biochemical or brain disorder and so medications are the appropriate (and wildly popular) treatment choice. Medications are the right and appropriate treatment...

Being Crazy in a Sane World

The New York Times brings us one of those insightful pieces that I wish were commonplace at all newspapers -- the everyday story of people living with mental illness and fighting for their rights.

It details the stories of a number of people living with mental illness, including Liz Spikol who blogs regularly over at Philadelphia Weekly. Ms. Spikol is a 39-year-old writer who grapples with bipolar disorder and has undergone electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

The article also tells the story...