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Is ignoring a bully an effective means to prevent bullying?

THE claim "Bullies are looking for attention. Ignore them and the bullying will stop" is considered to be a myth since research shows that bullies are looking for control, and they rarely ...
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Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

As per Wikipedia's by-country list of depression in "Epidemiology of depression": Rank Country DALY rate ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 United States 1,454.74 127 Russia ...
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Are there laboratory tests for mental disorders?

So, can you do a lab test for a mental disorder, and if not, what mitigating factors should be taken into account? A mental disorder typically manifests as a behavioural or mood disorder. See the ...
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Are people with depression more likely to commit murder?

It seems that people with depression are more likely to commit murder. In this study, Homicide is strongly correlated to depression and not to mania, the authors concluded: Typical manic episodes ...
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Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

The claim is not supported by the research the article is based on The linked article says "Russians Don't Get Depressed", but they base that on a study which says nothing of the sort. The actual ...
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Does mifepristone (RU-486 / Korlym®) help cure depression?

It's important to realize, here, that the study you linked does not claim mifepristone is effective for the treatment of depression. It provides some evidence for the treatment of psychosis in ...
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Can phobias be genetic, but created in one generation and not by natural selection?

This question has remained unanswered yet not closed, so I'll give it a go. First of all, a clarification regarding the title. If phobias are genetic, by definition they can't be created in a ...
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Did 304 US soldiers kill themselves in 2009 compared to 149 killed in Iraq?

Yes (almost), in 2009 302 US active duty military deaths were due to suicide, and on the same year 149 US soldiers were killed in Iraq. According to a study of war-related deaths published by the ...
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Do people with mental illnesses die equal to other health issues?

The daily mail article faithfully summarizes the results of this scientific article. Risks of all‐cause and suicide mortality in mental disorders: a meta‐review A meta‐review, or review of ...
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Is depression caused by chemical imbalances?

Yes and no. Usually the "chemical imbalance" is the consumer-oriented version of the serotonin hypothesis for depression. The most practiced method of testing this experimentally (and practically the ...
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Are psychiatric disorders curable?

Yes, some psychiatric disorders are curable. I was chatting to a research psychologist once about treatability of mental disorders. She told me specific phobias are easily treated with a high success ...
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Are working class individuals 70-80 percent less likely to be accepted as patients by therapists if they are black?

In the comments, Tim helpfully links the original study (pdf). Are these numbers accurate? I went quickly through it and the answer is not quite. Did the study find a [...] difference based off ...
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Was there a picture of Freud above a urinal at Washington University?

Upon further investigation, I'd rank this as quite plausible because the 2013 book The Making of DSM-III: A Diagnostic Manual's Conquest of American Psychiatry, sorta confirms it, although it might ...
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Can split personalities have different physical traits?

According to The Phenomenon of Dissociation, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors : The phrase “dissociative identity disorder” replaced “multiple personality disorder” because the new ...
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Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

This particular claim does seem to be supported by the study: rumination is more common among Russians but it is not indicative of depression (unlike rumination in Americans). However, the framing ...
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Do antipsychotics have persistent negative effects on the brain?

Evidence of brain shrinkage: Quoted from Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, a Senior Lecturer in psychiatry at University College London and a practising consultant psychiatrist, since she did the research: In ...
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Is Ativan addictive?

Well, drowsiness and sleepiness are common side effects according to the Mayo Clinic (not surprising considering it is a type of benzodiazepine or minor tranquilizer), but that doesn't mean it isn't ...
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Did 304 US soldiers kill themselves in 2009 compared to 149 killed in Iraq?

The Iraq KIA figures are supported by iCasualties.org, though I cannot determine what their sources are. A similar secondary source exists here, which provides data showing that 143 soldiers were ...
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Is depression caused by chemical imbalances?

This is not even wrong. Depression is related to alterations of serotonin, dopamine transmitters and more: On the Complexity of Brain Disorders: A Symptom-Based Approach: Major Depressive ...
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Does mifepristone (RU-486 / Korlym®) help cure depression?

Does mifepristone (RU-486) help cure depression? The usage of the word "help" facilitates an answer: Yes. In the sense that it might be a valuable tool to treat some types of depression, and that it ...
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Are individuals with severe mental illness "much more likely" to be victims than perpetrators of violence?

Point 1 doesn't appear to be true, at least looking at homicide. "mental illness" is a category as broad as the ocean but let's try... First let's look at psychotic patients. Rates of ...
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Is there a link between strabismus and psychiatric illness?

Disclaimer: I am neither an optometrist nor vision researcher/specialist. The content I reference are lectures that were given at various COVD conferences for those kinds of professionals. I have no ...
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Is it true that online therapy for mental conditions is as good, if not better, as in person?

The Metanoia referenced report is just an op-ed piece. The Daily Mail report is of the quality expected from the Daily Mail and is best glossed over. It references, and is badly paraphrased from the ...
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Is there a correlation between mass-murder and use of psychoactive prescription drugs such as SSRIs?

David Healy, professor of psychiatry at Bangor University and authority on side effects of psychiatric medications who has testified in numerous court cases involving suicides and homicides whose ...
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