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OCD-Linked Canine Genes
Jef Akst | Feb 19, 2014
Dogs can suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder just like some humans do, and now researchers have identified a genetic basis for their spastic behavior.
Schizophrenia’s Jumping Genetics
Jef Akst | Jan 6, 2014
Researchers find evidence that transposable elements, also known as jumping genes, may contribute to the development of the psychiatric disorder.
The Psychiatrist’s Jigsaw
Megan Scudellari | Oct 31, 2013
Researchers are piecing together the devilishly complex sets of genetic alterations underlying schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Just a Trip
Tracy Vence | Aug 19, 2013
Using psychedelic drugs does not increase one’s risk of developing mental health problems, researchers show.
Optogenetics and OCD
Ruth Williams | Jun 6, 2013
Stimulating brain cells with light reveals the dysfunctional circuitry that causes obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Annie Gottlieb and Bob Grant | May 31, 2013
The Book of Woe, Ungifted, My Beloved Brontosaurus,
DSM-5 Rewrites Normal
Dan Cossins | 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.
Key Mental Illness Genes Found
Bob Grant | Mar 4, 2013
A large genome-wide study has identified four single-nucleotide polymorphisms shared between five major psychiatric disorders.
New Mental Health Manual
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 5, 2012
Amid controversy, the American Psychiatric Association has approved the fifth edition of its guidebook on mental disorders.
Opinion: Science in the Courtroom
James Tabery | Nov 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?