Neuroscience research brings together seemingly unrelated conditions...anorexia, OCD and substance use disorders...which may share common -- and difficult-to-modify -- brain circuits related to habit learning.
What may cause a person to become a school shooter is when his mind becomes so disorganized that the three brains that make up his triune brain react by becoming "locked and loaded" and focused on a mission to get in and get even with a world that caused him to feel put down and pushed away.
Sometimes it is impossible to let go of grief. When you continue to grieve a loss, your condition is called complicated grief. Complicated grief is so severe that psychiatrists now consider it for inclusion in the psychiatric manual for diagnosing mental disorders. Here is how to tell if you suffer from complicated grief.
Ketamine treatment of mental disorders offers great hope and therapeutic potential for many patients with mental disorders. However, the groundswell of enthusiasm and desire by patients and doctors for new treatments may be expanding its use prematurely and ahead of our scientific understanding of its use.
On Oct 16 an enthusiastic piece was published in the Scientific American on “The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants.” It was simply thrilling, the author noted, that Prozac and its cousins turned out to be effective, not just in depression, but...
There are a number of case studies in the psychological literature on compulsive singing and other music related compulsions such as compulsive humming and whistling (although these all appear to be consequences of other underlying conditions). But what exactly have these case studies found relating to compulsive musical behavior?
When doctors don’t know the cause of an illness, they're stuck having to “diagnose” only its symptoms, not the source of the problem. That is just where we stand today with substance abuse, and it’s ruining our chance to treat it effectively.
Sometimes facing your fears is the best way to get rid of them, even though at first they might get worse. Here's an explanation of this general strategy for dealing with irrational fears—including phobias and OCD, and especially health anxiety.
Medication withdrawal: It feels like trying to use a computer that’s old or slow or has a lousy connection. You’re staring at the screen, waiting for the content to appear - there just isn’t any content there.
Psychologists don’t just like to play games, they also like to invent them. These brief quizzes will allow you to test your knowledge of everything from the psychology of learning to psychological disorders and therapy. You’ll gain self-insight and also be able to tell how well you’re applying psychology in your everyday life.