Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Why we ignore the facts that will save us
Sara Gorman, Ph.D., MPH, and Jack M. Gorman, MD
Could talking about COVID-19 death tolls be making people less compassionate and concerned about the virus? What compassion fatigue has to do with our response to COVID-19.
Does fact-checking work? What we have learned about what works when it comes to convincing people of the facts.
What's really behind the refusal to wear masks? A little bit of politics and a lot of human psychology.
Wondering why misinformation is spreading so rapidly right now? Find out why no one is immune.
What happens to our trust in science when our foremost public health agency mismanages a crisis?
Is all the new information you're receiving about COVID-19 each day overwhelming you? You're probably not alone.
Will COVID-19 cause a mental health crisis as a result of isolation and loneliness? The evidence on the effects of loneliness on mental health is complex.
Confused about the Medicare for All debate? You're not alone.
Did the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" really significantly contribute to adolescent suicide? There's a lot we still don't know.
Is intermittent fasting a good way to lose weight? Some evidence suggests it is, but it may not be sustainable.
Why does misleading information tend to be so emotion-laden? Why provoking fear and anger make people more likely to believe things.
Do antidepressants work? Why the debate over this question never seems to end.
In the evolving case of tragic deaths due to vaping, do we understand whether all e-cigarettes are to blame? Analysis of the evidence thus far suggests there are many unknowns.
Is physician burnout different from burnout in other professions? Why addressing physician burnout may require a different solution.
Confused by recent headlines proclaiming that the fields of psychology and psychiatry are in serious trouble? Some perspective may help.
What effect do physician disclosures of conflict of interest actually have on patients' trust in their doctors? So far, it seems very little.
Does CBD oil actually have health benefits? Despite frequent claims about CBD's myriad cures, this is still very much an open question.
Are contested illnesses associated with psychiatric diagnoses? Some patients feel they are not being taken seriously.
Are antidepressants useless in the face of suicide? We should be careful about discounting them.
Wondering whether Facebook's recent foray into suicide prevention is a good or bad thing? Experts in the field are deeply divided.
New treatments are cropping up for depression, but do we understand how they compare to each other? Here's what happens when science operates in silos.
What is the real relationship between bullying and suicide? It's not as straightforward as you might think.
Why do so many people persist in resisting the reality of climate change? The psychology of denial offers some clues.
Is universal screening the answer to the challenges around high rates of untreated depression in the U.S.? There may be serious limitations.
Can't biologists and psychologists get along? On the neuroscience behind psychotherapy.
Does precision psychiatry really live up to the hype? Why we should be cautious about the promise of this concept.
Media coverage of some recent important studies on depression and suicide may be confusing us.
Increased attention to suicide prevention may put too much pressure on clinicians, with the potential for unintended negative consequences.
What is the relationship between mental health and suicide? The media's reaction to a new CDC report on suicide may have confused things.
Does raising awareness actually change behavior? A fair amount of research suggests maybe not.
Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH, is a public health specialist, and Jack M. Gorman, MD, is a psychiatrist.