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  • Brains of People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Offer Clues About Disorder

    12/03/2014 11:08:37 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 55 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | David Tuller
    Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome are accustomed to disappointment. The cause of the disorder remains unknown; it can be difficult to diagnose, and treatment options are few. Many patients are still told to seek psychiatric help. But two recent studies — one from investigators at Stanford a few weeks ago and another from a Japanese research team published earlier this year — have found that the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome differ from those of healthy people, strengthening the argument that serious physiological dysfunctions are at the root of the condition. Both studies were small, however, and their...
  • [Photos] Aspiring Model Spent $45,000 Transforming Herself into a Sex Doll

    09/21/2014 3:47:49 PM PDT · by walford · 80 replies
    Mad World News ^ | September 18, 2014 | Sean Brown
    An aspiring model spent massive amounts of money on plastic surgery in order to make herself look like a real-life sex doll. French native Victoria Wild dropped $45,000 on the multiple surgeries, which the model proudly said that her goal was to look like a “bimbo doll.” She may be pleased with her new look, but in all honesty she looks like she belongs in a circus tent. Her surgical enhancements include; three pounds of breast implants, rhinoplasty, implants in her buttocks, lip implants that make her look like a sucker fish, and of course Botox to make sure she...
  • Obamacare Now Covers Gender Reasignment Surgeries

    08/25/2014 9:46:42 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Breibart ^ | August 25, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Transgender Americans seeking gender reassignment surgeries are finding relief through Obamacare, The Daily Beast reported on Monday. Federal laws banning health insurance discrimination against transgender people, combined with Obamacare's ban on denying coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, have paved a path for transgender patients who wish to make the transition from one gender to another. "The federal anti-discrimination regulations have yet to be written, but California insurance regulators have said that companies must treat transgender patients the same as other patients," reports The Daily Beast. "For example, if plans cover hormones for post-menopausal women, they must also cover them...
  • Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports

    03/27/2014 12:44:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 184 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/27/2014 | Maggie Fox
    e latest look at autism in the U.S. shows a startling 30 percent jump among 8-year-olds diagnosed with the disorder in a two-year period, to one in every 68 children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which did the survey, says the numbers almost certainly reflect more awareness and diagnosis of kids who would have been missed in years past. The new estimate for 2010 was a jump from one in 88 children in 2008, the last year for which numbers had been available. “The number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise,” the agency’s Dr. Coleen Boyle...
  • Student Suspended for Taking Razor From Classmate (Who Was Self-Harming)

    03/20/2014 11:55:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    WAVY ^ | Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Andy Fox
    We teach kids that honesty is the best policy, but at one Virginia Beach middle school it might be better to keep the truth to yourself. Last Thursday at Bayside Middle School, sixth grader Adrionna Harris came to the aide of a classmate who was cutting his arm. She faces expulsion for taking a razor from the student, throwing it away and convincing him what he was doing wasn’t right. She thought she was doing the right thing, so on Friday she told the school administration what happened. The way school officials responded led to this question: was the school’s...
  • Gay and bisexual boys are more likely to abuse steroids

    02/04/2014 6:52:53 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 32 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | Will Boggs MD
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gay and bisexual boys are almost six times as likely as their heterosexual peers to misuse steroids, according to a new study. "What was most surprising to us was the magnitude of the disparities that emerged between sexual minority and heterosexual boys," Aaron J. Blashill from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston told Reuters Health in an email. Upwards of 5 percent of adolescent boys use anabolic-androgenic steroids to enhance strength, athletic performance, and muscle size, but nobody had studied the association between sexual orientation and steroid abuse before, Blashill and his colleague Steven A. Safren...
  • Sexual revolution leaving American women plagued by anxiety disorders

    01/25/2014 10:06:17 AM PST · by usalady · 101 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan, 24, 2013 | Martha
    In spite of their advances in education and the workforce anxiety disorders are replacing happiness for American women. Sexual liberation was supposed to bring equality for females that expected fulfillment with the freedom to pursue lust without expecting committed relationships.
  • Portland schools cancel speaker who calls homosexuality a 'mental illness'

    01/16/2014 7:47:54 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 43 replies
    http://www.nwcn.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Reggie Aqui, KGW Staff
    He touts himself as an educator, psychologist, political scientist and “pan-Africanist.” Those credentials were apparently enough to get Umar Johnson invited to speak at two Portland schools. But now, the District is rescinding the invitation and is calling his words “unacceptable.” Johnson was supposed to speak Thursday about educational issues in the African-American community at the Self Enhancement Inc Academy that contracts with the district, and at Jefferson High School. One day earlier, the Oregonian, showed Portland Public Schools videos on the web where a man identified as Umar Johnson shares his views on gay people. “I see homosexuality as...
  • Adam Lanza's Computer Contained Files on Mass Shootings, Pedophilia Advocacy

    12/30/2013 9:27:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/30/13 | AWR Hawkins
    Among the thousands of documents Connecticut police released December 27 related to the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary, the contents and files of Adam Lanza's computer include files on mass shootings, mass murders, pedophiles' rights, and a man/boy love story. According to police reports contained within the documents, Lanza's laptop computer contained "hundreds of bookmarks," a number of which were for "mass murder killing spree" and "mass murders." His desktop had a "document written showing the prerequisites for mass murder spreadsheet." Lanza's desktop also had a "document written advocating pedophiles' rights" and a "screenplay or script describing a relationship...
  • Is pedophilia a sexual orientation?

    12/29/2013 2:59:28 PM PST · by Salman · 114 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | Dec 22 2013 | Laura Kane
    Pedophilia has been widely viewed as a psychological disorder triggered by early childhood trauma. Now, many experts see it as a biologically rooted condition that does not change — like a sexual orientation — thanks largely to a decade of research by Dr. James Cantor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Cantor’s team has found that pedophiles share a number of physical characteristics, including differences in brain wiring. It’s now thought that about 1 to 5 per cent of men are pedophiles, meaning they are primarily attracted to children. These findings have been widely accepted among scientists, but...
  • Vanity: Human Rights Camp : Gay is not a choice,to suggest otherwise is harmful. [ Birth Defect? ]

    12/29/2013 1:44:58 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 93 replies
    NLZ
    "We know that being gay is not a choice someone makes, and that to suggest otherwise can be incredibly harmful." Is HRC saying being gay is a birth defect?
  • Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism

    12/08/2013 1:16:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/08/2013 | BY DAVID HARDING
    Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. The Scottish singer who shot to worldwide fame in 2009 with her jaw-dropping performance on "Britain's Got Talent" was diagnosed last year, but has now decided to reveal her news publicly for the first time. Speaking to the Observer newspaper, Boyle said, "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself." Asperger's has...
  • Pittsburgh Man Thinks He's a Dog, Goes By Name 'Boomer'

    11/12/2013 1:16:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | | – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 10:34 AM EST | SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
    Born Gary Matthews, the retired technology worker and a self-confessed "nerd" thinks he is a dog. The 48-year-old wears a dog collar, eats dog food from a bowl — his favorite is Pedigree – and loves milk bones and dog cookies. "I don't eat dog food every day," Matthews told ABCNews.com "It's a special thing for me to do once in awhile to get closer to feeling like a canine. I eat the canned kind. It's not bad -- it tastes OK. I eat regular human food, too, like pizza." But he has the most fun wearing his dog suit,...
  • Autism signs 'present in first months' of life

    11/07/2013 8:23:53 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | November 6, 2013 | Helen Briggs
    Autism can be identified in babies as young as two months, early research suggests. US researchers analysed how infants looked at faces from birth to the age of three. They found children later diagnosed with autism had shown diminished eye contact - a hallmark of autism - in the first few months of life. The findings, reported in Nature, raised hope for early interventions to tackle autism, said a UK expert. In the study, researchers led by Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta used eye-tracking technology to measure the way babies looked at and responded to social clues. They...
  • Belgian killed by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation

    10/01/2013 3:31:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/1/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Nathan, born Nancy, Verhelst, 44, was given legal euthanasia, most likely a lethal injection, on Monday afternoon on the grounds of "unbearable psychological suffering". Wim Distelmans, the doctor who carried out the euthanasia, is the same doctor who late last year gave lethal injections to deaf twins who were frightened they were also going blind. "I was the girl that nobody wanted," Mr Verhelst told Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper in the hours before her death. "While my brothers were celebrated, I got a storage room above the garage as a bedroom. 'If only you had been a boy', my mother...
  • Not a diagnosis: Voices in head more common than thought

    09/18/2013 7:33:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    NBC ^ | 17 hours ago | JoNel Aleccia,
    As more details emerge about Alexis, Lieberman said he was concerned that the shooting renews worries for people with mental illness and once again raises questions about how society treats disorders. “I think it immediately arouses fears and enhances stigma about people with mental illness, that they’re psychotic killers and wackos running amok,” Lieberman said. “It’s unfortunate.”
  • New treatment for sexual dysfunction (for men and women)

    08/26/2013 12:18:39 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/25/2013 | Lisbeth Roy, D.O.
    The O-Shot for women and the Priapus Shot for men are made from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) sourced from your own blood, which is then activated, to heal aged and damaged tissue of the sex organs. PRP therapy is nothing new – it’s been used for the popular Vampire Facelift, and for decades to treat athletic injuries and promote healing after certain procedures – but those same healing properties are now helping giving patients a boost...in the bedroom. Here’s how it works: Local anesthetic cream is applied to the injection sites and then PRP is injected at those precise locations. These...
  • ‘I am Chelsea Manning. I am female’

    08/22/2013 8:24:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 98 replies
    NBC ^ | 8-22-2013
    “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning said in a statement read during an exclusive TODAY show interview with lawyer David Coombs. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way I have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.” While Fort Leavenworth, the prison where Manning will serve her sentence, does not offer hormone therapy, Coombs told host Savannah Guthrie he would fight to ensure his client received the medical treatment she needed. He also said he and Manning...
  • Revealed: California killer who abducted teenage girl is shot dead in Idaho wilderness

    08/11/2013 9:30:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 8-11-13 | Lydia Warren, Michael Zennie and Jessica Jerreat
    Full Title: Revealed: California killer who abducted teenage girl is shot dead in Idaho wilderness 18 years TO THE DAY after his own father committed suicide while holding another 16-year-old hostage James DiMaggio's kidnapping of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, whom was said to have a 'crush on,' could be a horrific case of history repeating itself, it has been revealed. DiMaggio's father, also named James DiMaggio, shockingly killed himself 18 years ago to the day that DiMaggio was shot dead by an FBI agent in the Idaho wilderness. Hannah was found safe and is expected to be reunited with her father...
  • SoCal Doctor Diagnoses Man as Gay, Patient Says

    08/09/2013 11:34:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | Friday, Aug 9, 2013 | Chris Henao and Kim Baldonado
    The patient, who is gay, doesn't have a problem with his sexual orientation listed on his medical chart, but does take issue with it being labeled a "chronic condition"A patient said a Southern California doctor diagnosed him with "Homosexual behavior" during his first visit to the office for a check-up. Earlier this year, Matthew Moore started seeing a new doctor who suggested he undergo a complete physical. The tests revealed he was B-12 deficient, and had high blood pressure and high cholesterol -- conditions that he called "normal for me." When Moore, who is openly gay, went back to the...
  • Transgender ABC new editor switches from man, to woman, to man

    08/09/2013 9:43:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Metro News ^ | 08/09/2013 | Morgan Rousseau
    ABC News editor Don Ennis suffered a very public identity crisis by switching his gender twice in a three-month period, and posting a workplace memo attributing his actions to amnesia. According to a report by The New York Post, Ennis started dressing as a woman and going by the name “Dawn” in May, but recently switched back to being a “just another boring straight guy.” In a memo posted to the newsroom bulletin board Friday and first obtained by the website NewsBlues.com, Ennis called the episode a “transient global amnesia” and said he accused his wife of playing “some kind...
  • ABC newsman who switched genders wants to switch back (Mainstream news Editor)

    08/06/2013 6:28:52 AM PDT · by equalator · 88 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8-6-2013
    ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.Fortunately, my memories of the last 14 years have since returned. But what did not return was my identity as Dawn,” said Ennis, who had been wearing lipstick, skirts and heels. “I am writing to let you know I’m...
  • This is ‘civil rights’? Pro-family leaders react to California school’s transgender settlement

    07/29/2013 12:55:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    ARCADIA, CA, July 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-family leaders reacted with stunned disbelief this week to the news of a settlement in the case of a Southern California girl whose parents filed a federal civil rights complaint against their local school district after their daughter was not allowed to sleep in a hotel room full of boys during field trips, despite her belief that she is a boy trapped in a girl's body. After two years of investigation by the Obama administration's Department of Justice, the Arcadia Unified School District agreed to a settlement in which they admit no wrongdoing,...
  • Anthony Weiner’s sexual behavior may have underlying issues (No, really? REALLY?!?)

    07/24/2013 10:06:16 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 88 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/24/2013 | Lena H. Sun and Meeri Kim
    The lewd behavior that New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner engaged in suggests he is struggling with more than bad behavior and could be dealing with a variety of issues driving his problematic sexual behavior, experts said. But doctors, clinical psychologists and sex therapists differ on the role of biology, as well as issues such as anxiety, depression and insecurity. Fred Berlin, director of the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said many of his patients exhibit behavior similar to Weiner’s, although he and other experts cautioned that they could not speak to the former congressman’s specific situation....
  • Now transgender teenage lovebirds are in love after they BOTH had gender reassignment surgery

    07/23/2013 1:28:14 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2013
    Teenagers Arin Andrews and Katie Hill look like any normal young couple posing in their swimwear. It is hard to believe that just two years ago Arin was a girl called Emerald, and Katie was a boy called Luke. Arin, 17, and Katie, 19, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, have both undergone surgeries to change their gender and now are enjoying being in their bodies they always wished for. Just over a year ago Katie, a university student, had gender reassignment surgery, thanks to an amazing $35,000 donation from an anonymous donor who read her story in a local newspaper. Now, Arin,...
  • I live like a disabled person even though I'm physically healthy and now want a surgeon to cut my

    07/17/2013 9:22:58 AM PDT · by Irenic · 74 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 17 July 2013 | Ulla Kloster
    I live like a disabled person even though I'm physically healthy... and now want a surgeon to cut my spinal cord: Rare condition has made woman, 58, disown her legs * Chloe knew at 4 she was different and wanted to live as a disabled person * She wanted to wear leg braces like her aunt, hurt in an accident * Aged 9, she caused an accident to stop her own legs from working * Now she enjoys the excitement of downhill skiing - because she might fall * She spends most of her time in a wheelchair, but is...
  • Transgender at 6: For Tyler and his parents, no second thoughts

    07/12/2013 9:36:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-11-2013
    Yes, Tyler is still a boy. That’s what people who heard about him have wondered. After a Maryland couple decided to listen to their 5-year-old daughter’s urgent and persistent insistence that she was a boy, after a psychiatrist told them it would be healthy to let the child live as a boy, after they let him pick a boy name and found a school that would enroll the child in kindergarten as a boy last year, Tyler’s parents have had no second thoughts. “It’s not a phase,” said his mother, Jean. “Anyone who meets him says, ‘Yeah, that’s a boy.’...
  • ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades

    07/10/2013 1:46:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2013 | SHIRLEY S. WANG
    Studies of Children With Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Find Little Change It's no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and others simply facing a big test—taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There's little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes. Stimulants used to treat ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall are sometimes called "cognitive enhancers" because they have been shown in a number of studies to improve attention, concentration and even certain types of memory in the short-term. Similar drugs were given to World War II soldiers to...
  • Mom hopes transgender child will help others ‘be free’

    06/23/2013 7:19:55 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 79 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | 06/23/13 | Francine Kopun
    Danielle Sheridan, age 8, was born a boy. Before she was 3, she began telling her parents she was a girl. It wasn't a phase. She was insistent. She identified with Cinderella. She wanted to grow up and marry a prince. She began dressing like a girl at home. “We kept it in our home only because of our fear of society. We wanted her to be happy, but we wanted her to be safe,” said her mom, Leah Sheridan, 35. Finally, her daughter said she didn’t want to live if she had to live as a boy. “She said...
  • Amphetamines for All

    06/17/2013 10:21:54 AM PDT · by eagleye85 · 21 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | June 17, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    In a cutting new article for the Wall Street Journal, two professors criticize the American Psychiatric Association for loosening the standards by which Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed. This, they argue, will make such diagnoses more likely and increase the amphetamine usage of the general public. “Symptoms of ADHD remain the same in the new edition” of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but with some changes: “The difference is that in the previous version of the manual, the first symptoms of ADHD needed to be evident by age 7 for a diagnosis to be made....
  • Cross-dressing "transgender" boy becomes prom queen at Mass. high school!

    06/04/2013 11:20:08 AM PDT · by massmike · 29 replies
    massresistance.org ^ | 06/04/2013 | n/a
    A senior boy at Middleborough High School in Middleborough, Mass. -- who started coming to school dressed as a girl during his sophomore year -- became the school's "prom queen" last week. Fox News in Boston did the first report on this, and it was a gushing pro-transgender puff piece -- referring to the boy as "she" -- with no contrasting opinion included at all. The Fox anchorwoman was totally "with the program." Fox News began its report describing the boy the "a girl whose growing achievement is the end of a journey that she started years earlier." Fox went...
  • Transgender Navy SEAL 'Warrior Princess' Comes Out

    06/03/2013 6:08:09 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 3, 2013 | Lee Ferran
    A former member of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs has come out to say she's now a woman.
  • Perspective: Casting light on sleep deficiency

    05/24/2013 11:34:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Nature ^ | 22 May 2013 | Charles A. Czeisler
    There are many reasons why people get insufficient sleep in our 24/7 society, from early starts at work or school, or long commutes, to caffeine-rich food and drink. But the precipitating factor is an often unappreciated, technological breakthrough: the electric light. Without it, few people would use caffeine to stay awake at night. And light affects our circadian rhythms more powerfully than any drug. Just as the ear has two functions (hearing and balance), so too does the eye. First, rods and cones enable sight; and second, intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) containing the photopigment... --snip-- The US Institute...
  • Zeta-Jones checks into mental health facility (again)

    04/30/2013 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
    A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress has “proactively” checked into a mental health facility for treatment of her bipolar condition. … Two years ago, the 43-year-old Oscar winner checked into a similar facility for a brief stay for treatment of her condition, known as Bipolar II. The disorder is characterized by mood swings and depressive episodes, and is commonly treated with medication and psychotherapy. …
  • 'Batgirl' #19 Features First Openly Transgender Character In Mainstream Superhero Comics

    04/11/2013 8:41:19 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 27 replies
    Comicsalliance.com ^ | April 10, 2013 | Matt D. Wilson
    The sibling conflict teased on the cover of Batgirl #19 may be the hook that pulls readers in, but it will be another reveal in the issue that will occupy a spot in comics history, as one of the book's characters will reveal she is transgender, the first time a character has done so in a mainstream superhero comic. Wired reports that writer Gail Simone was inspired to create a transgender character by a conversation with Batwoman co-creator Greg Rucka at Wondercon a few years ago. Simone asked why there seem to be fewer gay male comics characters than lesbian...
  • Snoop Dogg says homosexuality may not 'ever be acceptable' in rap music

    04/09/2013 3:54:50 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 April 2013 | Hanna Flint
    Snoop Dogg may have recently come out in support of gay marriage, but he doesn’t seem to think the world is ready for gay rappers. The legendary hip-hop artist - who now also goes by Snoop Lion - was asked whether Frank Ocean's decision to come out as a gay artist would make it easier for others to follow suit. Snoop responded by saying ‘Frank's a singer. It's acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don't know if it ever will be because rap is so masculine.’
  • My father’s gay marriage (WaPo OpEd)

    04/08/2013 3:09:07 PM PDT · by Salman · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/6/2013 | Susan Meader Tobias
    ... In 1930, when he was 12, my dad was caught in bed with another boy at his New England prep school and sent home. My enraged grandfather hired a psychologist to straighten him out. The psychologist proclaimed that my grandmother’s extravagant love of her eldest child, and my grandfather’s harsh discipline, were responsible for Dad’s sexual confusion. He pronounced the cure: that my father leave home. ... So at the age of 12, he was exiled by his family to board at schools and summer camps and spent the rest of his life on the run. After my mother...
  • Strange Sleep Disorder Makes People See 'Demons'

    04/02/2013 6:51:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    livescience ^ | 31 March 2013 Time: 10:20 PM ET
    Sleep paralysis happens when people become conscious while their muscles remain in the ultra-relaxed state that prevents them from acting out their dreams. The experience can be quite terrifying, with many people hallucinating a malevolent presence nearby, or even an attacker suffocating them. Surveys put the number of sleep paralysis sufferers between about 5 percent and 60 percent of the population. [Say what?] One man told her about his frequent sleep paralysis episodes, during which he'd experience extremely realistic hallucinations of a young child, skipping around the bed and singing nursery rhymes. Sometimes, the child would sit on his pillow...
  • ADHD diagnoses in U.S. children rise 53% in the past decade, CDC data show

    04/01/2013 11:51:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/01/2013 | Tracy Miller
    One in five high school boys and 11% of schoolkids overall have received an ADHD diagnosis, according to new data from the CDC. The data also shows two-thirds of children diagnosed with ADHD are prescribed stimulants like Adderall (above) and Ritalin. About 6.4 million children have received an ADHD diagnosis at some point — an increase of 16% since 2007 and 53% in the past decade. One in five high school boys and 11% of all schoolkids in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and...
  • Judge rejects divorce for transgender pregnant man

    03/29/2013 10:24:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    AP ^ | 3-29-13 | ap
    PHOENIX—An Arizona judge on Friday refused to grant a divorce for a transgender Arizona man who gave birth to three children after beginning to change his sex from female. Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriages prevents Thomas Beatie's nine-year union from being recognized as valid. Thomas Beatie was born a woman and underwent a double-mastectomy but retained female reproductive organs and gave birth to three children. Gerlach said he had no jurisdiction to approve a divorce because there's insufficient evidence that Beatie was a man when he married Nancy Beatie in Hawaii.
  • Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on Disneyland ride [It's a Small World]

    03/27/2013 8:27:48 AM PDT · by Huntress · 142 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 3/27/2013 | Unattributed
    A wheelchair-bound man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously, according to an attorney for the plaintiff. Jose Martinez, who suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, did not medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009, attorney David Geffen said. "He has panic disorder and that was really what started everything rolling," Geffen said. "What caused the court concern, as well, because Disney was alerted about his panic problem and didn't call for the fire department...
  • Psychiatry’s New Normal: ‘Transgendered’ Persons

    03/26/2013 6:44:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 03/22/2013 | JIM GRAVES
    The term “gender identity disorder” has been eliminated from the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s official guide to classifying mental illnesses, known as the DSM-5. Whereas previously a man who “self-identified” as a woman (or vice versa) could have been classified as mentally ill, now the DSM-5 uses the term “gender dysphoria,” which means it is only a mental illness if you’re troubled by this self-identification. Elated activists in the “LGBT” community had lobbied the APA for the change for years. And this month in Massachusetts, students, parents and teachers are reacting with concern to a recent policy...
  • Homosexuality and Mental Health

    03/22/2013 8:12:52 AM PDT · by fwdude · 52 replies
    Ryan Sorba's Blog ^ | January 12, 2012 | Ryan Sorba
    It was never a medical decision—and that’s why I think the action came so fast…It was a political move…That’s how far we’ve come in ten years. Now we even have the American Psychiatric Association running scared. -Barbara Gittings, Activist Getting Started The American Psychiatric Association (APA) currently considers same-sex attraction a diagnosable and treatable mental disorder –if one is marked by persistent distress about their “sexual orientation.” The disorder is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV TR (DMS-IV TR) as a paraphilia, euphemistically entitled, “Sexual Orientation Not Otherwise Specified.” Psychiatrists began to use this clunky phrase...
  • Colorado school bars transgendered 1st-grader from using girls' restroom

    02/27/2013 5:58:37 AM PST · by redreno · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed February 27, 2013 | By Ed Payne,
    (CNN) -- Just like she did during the first half of the school year, first grader Coy Mathis wants to use the girls' restroom at her Colorado elementary school. But school officials won't let her. The reason? Coy is transgendered, born with male sex organs but a child who identifies herself as female. She has dressed as a girl for most of last year. And her passport and state-issued identification recognize her as female. In December, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District informed Coy's parents that Coy would be barred from using the girls' restrooms at Eagleside Elementary in Fountain after...
  • Psychiatrists to brand grief lasting longer than two weeks a mental illness

    02/23/2013 10:54:26 AM PST · by Drew68 · 160 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22 Feb 13 | Clifford Fram
    THE grieving process is in danger of being branded a medical condition if a mourner feels sad for more than two weeks and consults a GP, according to an international authority on death and dying. At present, mourners can feel sad for two months before being told they have a mental disorder, says Professor Dale Larson. Decades ago, a diagnosis could be made after a year.In a keynote address at an Australian Psychological Society conference in Melbourne on Saturday, Prof Larson will express his anger about the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual, DSM 5, which is used in many...
  • How to Tell If Someone Is a Sociopath

    02/17/2013 8:07:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    A sociopath is characterized by the deficit of social emotions such as love, guilt, shame or remorse. According to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the sociopath lacks "a sense of moral responsibility and social conscience." Sociopaths often scheme to manipulate others without regard to consequences of inflicting harm. It is the cold-hearted way the sociopath reacts to his victims that illustrates his lack of moral compass and detachment from other human beings. ... 3 Verify stories and information provided by the suspected sociopath. Sociopaths typically concoct elaborate backgrounds, inflate their worth and experience and simply lie to convince others to give...
  • Raising Adam Lanza

    02/17/2013 10:15:04 AM PST · by redreno · 36 replies
    http://www.courant.com ^ | 02/17/2013 | By ALAINE GRIFFIN, agriffin@courant.com, and JOSH KOVNER, jkovner@courant.com
    Shortly after her move from New Hampshire to Newtown in 1998, Nancy Lanza had good news about her troubled son. "Adam is doing well here, and seems to be enjoying the new school," Lanza wrote to a friend back in Kingston, N.H., in a Feb. 9, 1999, email. But Adam, 6, then diagnosed with a condition that made it difficult for him to manage and respond to sights, touch and smell, eventually struggled in the first grade at his new school — Sandy Hook Elementary. His mother would respond, touching off a 10-year educational shuffle with moves in and out...
  • Can Spicy Food Really Give you Nightmares?

    02/15/2013 9:18:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Meghan Holohan
    After a restless night of sleep, filled with nightmares where velociraptors and chainsaw-wielding maniacs chase you down, you wake up and wonder what caused such vivid, frightful dreams. Could it have been that spicy Thai food you had before bed? Actually, there is some evidence that eating a spicy meal shortly before going to sleep can lead to some wacko dreams. In fact, eating anything too close to bedtime can trigger more dreams, because the late night snacks increase the body’s metabolism and temperature, explains Dr. Charles Bae, MD, a sleep medicine doctor at Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland...
  • Mental Health Organizations: Political Slaves of the Homosexual Movement

    02/08/2013 12:34:40 PM PST · by fwdude · 18 replies
    rethinkingtheology ^ | January 19, 2013 | James R. Aist
    ”It was never a medical decision — and that’s why I think the action came so fast… It was a political move.” “That’s how far we’ve come in ten years. Now we even have the American Psychiatric Association running scared.” — Barbara Gittings, Pro-homosexual Activist Introduction Homosexuality advocates like to appeal to position statements published by American mental health organizations to fortify their bogus claims concerning homosexuality issues. One would expect such professional groups to be a reliable source of unbiased information on such matters and that their official positions would be based on the most up-to-date and scientifically sound...
  • Should I Become a Woman and Risk Causing Pain to My Wife and Children?

    02/04/2013 7:53:55 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 104 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 1, 2013 | CHUCK KLOSTERMAN
    I’ve been living the life of a married man for 20 years. I have a successful career and three children. All this time, however, I have battled gender dysphoria and the deep sadness that comes from living a lie. From the earliest age, I’ve been unhappy being male. I believed I would find happiness only once I was true to myself. I recently had my self-diagnosis confirmed, and I’m initiating a transition to living as the real me. There is a cost involved: pain to my family and stress on my career. Ethically, is it right to be “true to...