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Reader Question: My boyfriend was diagnosed schizotypal. What is that, really?

Whatever you may think the official definition is, psychiatrists tend to use the term in only one of two ways: either incorrectly, as “almost schizophrenic, but still can hold a job and doesn’t hallucinate;” or as a pejorative label describing one who believes in all sorts of fantastical things– aliens, esp, conspiracies, 911 was done by Bush, etc– but&#133 Read the rest

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This Is Where We’re Headed

The Greek state was not just corrupt but also corrupting. Once you saw how it worked you could understand a phenomenon which otherwise made no sense at all: the difficulty Greek people have saying a kind word about one another. Individual Greeks are delightful: funny, warm, smart, and good company. I left two dozen interviews saying to myself, “What

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Oprah Magazine thinks ecstasy can treat PTSD

Too bad Merck’s patent on MDMA (Ecstasy) expired in the 1930’s. Now, because this is Oprah Magazine, all the anecdotes are from traumatized women describing the therapeutic effects in a spiritual or, well, ecstatic way. But the article is based on a study in which “seventeen of 20 subjects no longer met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD after&#133 Read the rest

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National Academy of Sciences study finds that FBI’s anthrax evidence is inconclusive. Now to the voir dire

If the origin of the anthrax cannot be determined conclusively through science, should a jury be able to conclude based on their assessment of non-scientific evidence that the anthrax originated from a suspect beyond a reasonable doubt? Likewise, should a jury simply ignore the other non-scientific evidence and conclude that the inconclusive scientific results constitute reasonable doubt?
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If you count psychological trauma, all war vets are casualties.

The Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Effexor, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Haldol, Risperdal, Seroquel, Ambien, Lunesta, Elavil, Trazodone War. “Walk into any of the larger-battalion-aide stations in Iraq or Afghanistan today, and you’ll find Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft to fight depression, as well as Wellbutrin, Celexa, and Effexor. You’ll see Valium to relax muscles (but&#133 Read the rest

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The Infidelity Industry


The cover story of BusinessWeek is about the “cheating industry,” including popular sites like and others that cater to husbands and wives looking to cheat on their spouses. Interesting statistics include a spike in registration by men the day after Father’s Day. As you’d expect, guilt-free and emotion-free sex is really the fantasy on offer&#133 Read the rest

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Marijuana Linked to Psychosis. Also, Water Linked to Wet.

But aren’t psychotic-like experiences precisely what chronic pot smokers and recreational drug users are looking for in the first place? So doesn’t a study like this self-select for teens whose brains want to enter an altered state?
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