Feb 24, 2014 — Izidor Ruckel lived in a Romanian orphanage where children were neglected. Scientists say that lack of attention can damage a child's brain. But Ruckel thinks his adoptive parents' love saved him.
Jan 1, 2014 — Psychologists have found a simple way to improve academic performance and even health. When people sit down and write about a negative experience and they revise their story to see it in a more positive way, it changes their behavior and helps them succeed.
Dec 28, 2013 — Holidays may not live up to expectations, but they don't spark a spate of suicides, studies show. Instead, people are more likely to try to attempt suicide in the spring. Even then, an individual's suicide risk is influenced by genetics, environment and factors other than the calendar.
Dec 27, 2013 — Only a rare few people have the ability to remember everything that happened in their lives. But that gift can seem like a curse, they say, keeping them marooned in the past and unable to enjoy the present. Forgetting, it seems, can be a good thing.
Dec 24, 2013 — The use of marijuana for PTSD has gained national attention in the past few years as thousands of traumatized veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan have asked the federal government to give them access to the drug. Marijuana's active ingredient has been shown to calm the brain's fear circuits. Of course, there are drawbacks and side effects to contend with.
Dec 13, 2013 — Even for those with the will and drive to pursue treatment, the process remains difficult, frightening and full of holes. Mental health advocates say little has come, on the federal level, from the task forces and promises that followed the Newtown shootings.
Dec 4, 2013 — Among other things, the law prohibits treatment limits and copayments or deductibles that are more restrictive than a health insurance plan's medical coverage. Now regulations make the specifics clearer.
Dec 2, 2013 — Left-handedness has been linked to everything from early death to schizophrenia over the past 150 years. While the associations spark curiosity and sometimes concern, it's been difficult to draw solid scientific conclusions, one way or the other.
Nov 26, 2013 — Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was attacked and seriously wounded by his adult son, who then committed suicide. Deeds says the state's mental health system failed. He says his life's work now "is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living."
Nov 22, 2013 — The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been rising since the 1990s. Now, the CDC reports that two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from 2007 to 2011.