psychiatry
OCD-Linked Canine Genes
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
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
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
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
Optogenetics and OCD
Ruth Williams | Jun 6, 2013
Stimulating brain cells with light reveals the dysfunctional circuitry that causes obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Annie Gottlieb and Bob Grant | May 31, 2013
The Book of Woe, Ungifted, My Beloved Brontosaurus, and Brainwashed
DSM-5 Rewrites Normal
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
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
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
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?