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Purple Hearts for Troops with PTSD?

Purple Hearts for Troops with PTSD?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — When Ron Morton returned from Vietnam in 1976, he abused drugs, attempted suicide and failed as a husband, unaware he was suffering a classic case of post-traumatic stress disorder from the near-fatal accidents he wit…

Math Anxiety in School? Scientists Have It Too

Math Anxiety in School? Scientists Have It Too

Photodisc/Thinkstock(BRISTOL, England) — Tell us if this describes you.  You’re a smart person who did well in school.  You were interested in science, but you didn’t pursue it because you were worried about all the math you&rsqu…

Heart Attacks and PTSD: A Vicious Cycle

Heart Attacks and PTSD: A Vicious Cycle

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — PTSD is a type of anxiety that occurs after a severely frightening experience. Sufferers experience nightmares, high blood pressure and an increased heart rate. Often, they live in fear of things that would remind th…

Sandusky Defense Argues Letters Consistent with Personality Disorder

Sandusky Defense Argues Letters Consistent with Personality Disorder

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — Jerry Sandusky’s defense team filed a motion Monday that asked permission for a psychologist to testify about histrionic personality disorder, a psychiatric disorder characterized by dramatic, emotio…

Depression Therapy: Phone Sessions Sometimes as Good as In Person

Depression Therapy: Phone Sessions Sometimes as Good as In Person

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Telephone therapy may be just as good as in-person therapy for treating depression symptoms, at least for the short term, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.In …

Emergency Room Waits for Psychiatric Patients: Safe or Profitable?

Emergency Room Waits for Psychiatric Patients: Safe or Profitable?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Psychiatric patients waited an average of 11.5 hours to be admitted into the emergency room of a hospital, according to a recent study published by Annals of Emergency Medicine. Study author Anthony Weiss of Partn…

‘Sensory Integration Therapies’ Lack Evidence, AAP Says

‘Sensory Integration Therapies’ Lack Evidence, AAP Says

File photo. Michael Blann/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Woody Sims was a gifted boy. His mother said he began reading at a very early age, and he was a bright student in preschool.To those around him, his development in his early years seemed normal. But in …

Etan Patz Mystery: 99 Percent of Abductors Never Kill Victims

Etan Patz Mystery: 99 Percent of Abductors Never Kill Victims

Sketch Courtesy of Andrea Shepard(NEW YORK) — Thirty-three years after the disappearance of Etan Patz, the only suspect ever arrested is as much an enigma as the missing child case that has baffled investigators for decades.Unlike psychopaths, who sho…

Mental Health Worker Fatally Stabbed While Delivering Medication

Mental Health Worker Fatally Stabbed While Delivering Medication

ABC News(ST. HELENS, Ore.) — The stabbing death of a mental health worker has put the spotlight on the safety of home visits. Jennifer Warren, 38, was killed Sunday while delivering medication to a patient in St. Helens, Ore., ABC affiliate KATU repor…

Here’s Your Brain When You Brag

Here’s Your Brain When You Brag

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — For many, talking about themselves is an act of self-promotion, but according to a new study, there is a simple explanation for why people share so much information about themselves: It feels good.According to the s…

Junior Seau: Safety Debate Continues as Family Delays Brain Donation

Junior Seau: Safety Debate Continues as Family Delays Brain Donation

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The family of Junior Seau, the NFL football star who died last week, is now reconsidering donating his brain to science, backing off their decision last week to let his brain be examined for sig…

Junior Seau’s Family Donates His Brain to Science

Junior Seau’s Family Donates His Brain to Science

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Junior Seau’s family plans to donate his brain to science, San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell announced Thursday evening.While Seau’s family has said it is not looking to discover anythi…

Junior Seau’s Death: Is There a Brain Injury Link?

Junior Seau’s Death: Is There a Brain Injury Link?

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The circumstances coming to light about the death of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau may highlight what some doctors see as a growing link between head trauma, mental illness and suicide, a connection that h…

Mom’s Life Hurt by Obsessive Fear of Sweaters, Germs, Hotels

Mom’s Life Hurt by Obsessive Fear of Sweaters, Germs, Hotels

Stacey Horton/Pocket Therapist LLC(FALMOUTH, Mass.) — Stacey Horton’s obsessive compulsive disorder first emerged during a stressful period in her junior year of college about 25 years ago. She found a dead bug and couldn’t throw it away. “I had to kn…

Talking to Yourself May Help Your Brain

Talking to Yourself May Help Your Brain

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wis.) — The next time you’re chattering away to no one, just tell yourself (out loud) that you’re boosting your brain power. A new study has found that talking to yourself actually improves your memory, at l…

Actress Marilu Henner’s Rare Super-Memory Recalls Every Day of Her Life

Actress Marilu Henner’s Rare Super-Memory Recalls Every Day of Her Life

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) — What if you could remember every single day of your life and have it available for instant recall?Everything from childhood birthday parties, Christmases, your first day of school, and your last. What were you doing…

Pumping Iron to Prevent Dementia?

Pumping Iron to Prevent Dementia?

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Resistance training could be an important part of reversing memory decline in elderly women with mild memory problems, according to a study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.Researchers at the Unive…

Can Teens Game Away Their Depression?

Can Teens Game Away Their Depression?

University of Auckand/Metia Interactive(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — Teenagers seem to be doing everything in front of a computer screen these days — watching movies, homework, socializing. So the idea that a computer game could treat depression in these…

Verna McClain Like Most Infant Abductors, Fits Familiar Psych Profile

Verna McClain Like Most Infant Abductors, Fits Familiar Psych Profile

Montgomery County D.A.(HOUSTON) — As details emerge on the kidnapping of an infant in Texas on Tuesday, psychologists said the woman who allegedly committed the crime seemed to fit a familiar profile of an infant abductor: a woman who desperately want…

Want Better Heart Health? Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Want Better Heart Health? Don’t Worry, Be Happy

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full kind of person?  Researchers say a glass half-full perspective could do more for you than just make you smile.  Positive feelings may help protect cardiovascula…

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