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Just a Trip

By | August 19, 2013

Using psychedelic drugs does not increase one’s risk of developing mental health problems, researchers show.

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Optogenetics and OCD

By | June 6, 2013

Stimulating brain cells with light reveals the dysfunctional circuitry that causes obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Capsule Reviews

By | June 1, 2013

The Book of Woe, Ungifted, My Beloved Brontosaurus, and Brainwashed

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DSM-5 Rewrites Normal

By | May 20, 2013

A psychiatrist argues that the newly revised manual of mental disorders is part of a dangerous trend toward the medicalization of normal behavior.

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Key Mental Illness Genes Found

By | March 4, 2013

A large genome-wide study has identified four single-nucleotide polymorphisms shared between five major psychiatric disorders.

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New Mental Health Manual

By | December 5, 2012

Amid controversy, the American Psychiatric Association has approved the fifth edition of its guidebook on mental disorders.

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Opinion: Science in the Courtroom

By | November 6, 2012

Should biological explanations for criminal behavior influence a judge’s or jury’s decision about how to handle a case? If so, how?

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A Placebo for Schizophrenia?

By | June 26, 2012

The placebo effect in clinical trials of the mental disorder has increased over the past decade.

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The DSM-5 Alcohol Debate

By | June 7, 2012

The new version of the diagnostic manual will do away with alcohol dependence and abuse categories in favor of a single “alcohol use disorder” diagnosis.

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Nemeroff Appointment Protested

By | April 4, 2012

A psychiatric professional society is getting heat over its decision to add a scientist accused of repeated conflicts of interest to its advisory board.

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