Why Narcissism Is a Profoundly Misunderstood Psychological Disorder

The word 'narcissist' is used so much these days that you might think we're in the midst of an epidemic. But pathological narcissism is not just about having an inflated ego — it's a very serious psychological disorder. Here's why certain people are obsessed with themselves, and the gnawing fear that drives them. » 6/11/14 11:22am 6/11/14 11:22am

Struggling To Understand Eating Disorders? Read This Webcomic

Eating disorders can evoke all sorts of stereotypes about the people who suffer from them and why they develop. But this autobiographical webcomic, which shares one cartoonist's struggle with her eating, peels back the complicated layers of depression, anxiety, and body dysmorphia that intersect in a dangerous way. » 4/03/14 11:35am 4/03/14 11:35am

Everybody Freak Out: Strange and Uncanny Outbreaks of Shared Insanity

Sometimes, it's easy to feel like you're losing your grip on reality — especially when everybody else around you is losing theirs, as well. History is full of weird incidents of mass hysteria, where insanity from person to person, or took over a whole community at once. Here are the most uncanny incidents of shared… » 6/21/13 3:05pm 6/21/13 3:05pm

I’m Elyn Saks and this is what it’s like to live with schizophrenia

Elyn Saks first started noticing that something was wrong when she was 16. One day, and without reason, she suddenly left her classroom and started walking home. It turned into an agonizing journey in which she believed all the houses in her neighborhood were transmitting hostile and insulting messages directly into… » 2/13/13 10:13am 2/13/13 10:13am

Exercise may be the key to preventing brain shrinkage in old age

A research article published in Neurology found that people in their seventies who were more physically active showed less brain shrinkage over the course of three years. Unfortunately, socially and mentally stimulating situations didn't seem to have an effect, but something as simple as going for a walk a few times a… » 10/26/12 12:50pm 10/26/12 12:50pm

Read a real-life medical report on three cases of Haitian zombies

Zombies may seem like the purview of AMC dramas nowadays, but in 1997, English medical journal The Lancet published an intriguing set of case studies detailing three reports of zombification in Haiti. What caused the dead to walk in these instances? Well, let's just say reality is far less lurid than George Romero… » 1/11/12 8:10am 1/11/12 8:10am