Can Ecstasy Help Treat PTSD?

Veterans are taking a serious look at a promising new research that shows positive results in treating severe posttraumatic stress in patients using MDMA ("Ecstasy") in combination with psychotherapy. Will current drug legislation allow expanded treatment programs using restricted drugs?

How Can We Treat Traumatized Children?

A new Canadian Psychology article describes five cognitive-behavioural treatment methods for dealing with children and adolescents who have had traumatic experiences. Treating traumatized children effectively can mean preventing later mental health problems.

Is the Recession Leading to Increased Suicides?

As high-profile news stories of suicides linked to job loss and mortgage foreclosures continue to be reported in many countries, new research is showing that the current recession can have deadly consequences in terms of increased suicide rates around the world.

Exploring the Placebo Effect

How is the placebo effect being exploited to sell patients on alternative medicine claims? Dr. Steve Novella of Yale University gave a fascinating talk at a conference in Nashville, TN recently.

Implanting False Memories

As Elizabeth Loftus reported in a recent talk, "We’ve done hundreds of experiments involving thousands of subjects showing that it’s relatively easy to change people’s memory of the details of an event that they’ve actually experienced.” How reliable are memories of abuse "recovered" through psychotherapy?

When Children Testify About Abuse

In every case of child sexual abuse that goes to trial, it is often the child’s testimony that is the most crucial part of the prosecution’s case. Since the child is typically the only real witness against the suspected abuser, successful prosecution depends on how credible the child will be. What testimony impresses a jury?

When A Loved One Commits Suicide

Every year there are an estimated one million suicides worldwide and those numbers have been rising in many countries. In the United States alone, that means 37,000 deaths due to suicide making it the tenth leading cause of death overall. What impact does that have on people dealing with the suicide of a loved one? And do they always get they need afterward?

Can Lifelong Learning Help As We Age?

Can staying mentally active as we grow older help prevent cognitive and physical decline? A study of older adults attending a specialized university program in Madrid suggests that lifelong learning can be an important component in active aging.

When Men Are Raped

What are the common myths that discourage male victims of sexual assault from reporting the crime?

Probe Requested in Facebook Detention Case

A Virginia Legislator is calling for a formal investigation into the case of an ex-Marine who was involuntarily detained in a psychiatric hospital for seven days. Brandon Raub was held over statements that he made on Facebook which police maintain were threatening.

15-Year Old Charged in Adoptive Parents' Murder

15-year old Moses Kamin charged in gruesome murder of Oakland prison psychologist and clinical physician's assistant.

Can Psychopathic Personality Traits Predict Successful Presidents?

Do some psychopathic personality traits such as fearlessness and interpersonal dominance make for better leaders?

Inuit Community Groups Prepare For World Suicide Prevention Day

"Celebrate Life" theme of new public awareness campaign to prevent Inuit suicides.

"Outspoken" Canadian Psychologist Blacklisted by RCMP

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are refusing to pay for medical bills of officers seeing a psychologist who has been an outspoken critic of the force.

When Suicides Come in Clusters

How common are copycat suicides? And what can be done to prevent them from happening? Recent research has identified a comprehensive strategy for communities to put into use to contain suicide clusters as they happen.