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Can phobias be genetic, but created in one generation and not by natural selection?

I have seen this article floating around http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10486479/Phobias-may-be-memories-passed-down-in-genes-from-ancestors.html Pretty much they state that if a ...
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Do light boxes help Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Light boxes are sold as a treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and seasonal mood swings. The claims listed are: Helps to ease seasonal mood swings and winter depression, and help ...
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Will 25% of people in Western society develop a mental disorder during their life?

In a profile article published in the Cyprus Mail newspaper (Nov. 2012), Dr John Stein, Emeritus Professor of Physiology & Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, claimed: “a quarter of people ...
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Did 12 girls from the same high school contract a Tourette-syndrome like illness?

I just ran into this video from the Today Show about 12 girls from the same high school in New York who supposedly contracted something producing involuntary tics and vocal outbursts similar to ...
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Are 10% of mental health problems caused by abortion?

A recent meta review (mentioned in some articles in the media, e.g. The Telegraph or CBS News) examining the association between abortion and mental health problems "Abortion and mental health: ...
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Can mental state affect allergies?

I have heard see this sketchy reference that people with Multiple Personality Disorder, or other mental disorders, have different physical features when having different personalities. For example, ...
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Multiple personalities: Do they exist?

Has it ever been proven, or is there a consensus among any body of legitimate scientist (e.g. APA, NIHM, or another) that multiple personality disorder actually exists what are each sides points? And ...
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Can mental state affect eye-color?

I have heard see this sketchy reference that people with Multiple Personality Disorder, or other mental disorders, have different physical features when having different personalities. For example, ...
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Has mental health deteriorated 1000-fold since 1850?

In the standard “things are worse now than ever before” polemic, it's claimed that rates of mental illness are higher now than ever – usually without any proof, and usually alongside known-false ...
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Is it rational to avoid touching doorknobs, elevator buttons and other public surfaces? [closed]

Some people are very careful to never touch "public surfaces" such as doorknobs and elevator buttons. I have even seen public service placards that advise against touching bathroom doors after ...
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Do people with mental illnesses feel the effect more during the full moon?

I have heard many times before that people with mental disorders become hyperactive during the full moon. I have never believed it, but has there been any scientific study carried out to prove it one ...
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Are antipsychotic drugs vastly overused in the US?

A recent opinion piece in Al Jazeera titled "Mass psychosis in the US" claims that antipsychotic drugs are overused in the US, mostly due to the influence of "Big Pharma" which is pushing new atypical ...
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Does too much study cause mental illness?

I've often heard that students (science/math Ph.D. candidates, in particular) which study too diligently and for long periods over longer spells develop mental health problems like depression, ...
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Is sleep training a form of neglect or harmful?

Some people claim that "crying it out" is harmful. For example, the article on PhD Parenting states that crying it out is harmful to a child. I've heard others suggest that it's neglectful. I expect ...
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Does sleeping an average of 11 hours or more raise one's risk of brain-related disorders?

I am familiar with the effects of sleep deprivation and some of the harmful effects of oversleeping. However, I have also heard more than once that sleeping more than 10 hours on average, even for a ...
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Does standardized testing cause ADHD?

I hear students, parents, and -- some -- teachers pull this claim all the time: standardized tests causes a rise in ADHD in children. I know Sir Ken Robinson mentioned something like that in one of ...
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Is there any scientific basis for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD)?

I've heard a lot of people claiming they they have a disorder called Seasonal Affected Disorder. Is there any research that indicates this is an actual mental disorder?