Could a notorious party drug be the next psychiatric breakthrough?

MDMA is a drug that’s typically associated with youth culture and dance parties — but it’s increasingly attracting the attention of psychologists and cognitive therapists. Also known as ecstasy, the drug has shown effectiveness in treating a number of mood disorders. But are the potential health risks worth it? » 5/30/13 11:40am 5/30/13 11:40am

Science proves blogging is therapeutic — at least for teenagers

We hear a lot about the downside of plugged-in teenagers — the anxiety the experience on social media, sexting, cyberbullying — but that doesn't mean that teens don't feel some psychological benefits from all that time spent online. In fact, a recent study found that good old fashioned blogging can actually function… » 1/29/12 5:30pm 1/29/12 5:30pm

Virtual Psychotherapy Works Better Than Live Docs

Teenagers would rather see a virtual shrink than a real one. So says Eric Wagner, a psychologist at Florida International University. Last month at a meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) he unveiled his plan to cyber-rehab teenage alcoholics. Wagner's been helping kids… » 4/09/08 9:30am 4/09/08 9:30am