Psychology’s 10 Greatest Case Studies – Digested

These ten characters have all had a huge influence on psychology and their stories continue to intrigue each new generation of students. What’s particularly fascinating is that many of their stories continue to evolve – new evidence comes to light, or new technologies are brought to bear, changing how the cases are interpreted and understood. What many of these 10 also have in common is that they speak to some of the perennial debates in psychology, about personality and identity, nature and nurture, and the links between mind and body.  more

26 Interesting Psychology Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Any article on the Internet will tell you that all of the bad habits that you have just mean that you’re a genius and a great person. It’s true! When was the last time that you saw an article claiming that taking a bath once a week is a sign of Lonely Braincell Syndrome? I swear, those crackpot are abundant enough that we should harness them for power generation.

However, it is possible that some of the nuggets of wisdom found on the Internet is true. And since you don’t want to read dry and dreary psychology papers just to get to the point, we have collected some of those nuggets into a list. Read on!  more

The 30 Most Disturbing Human Experiments in History

Disturbing human experiments aren’t something the average person thinks too much about. Rather, the progress achieved in the last 150 years of human history is an accomplishment we’re reminded of almost daily. Achievements made in fields like biomedicine and psychology mean that we no longer need to worry about things like deadly diseases or masturbation as a form of insanity. For better or worse, we have developed more effective ways to gather information, treat skin abnormalities, and even kill each other. But what we are not constantly reminded of are the human lives that have been damaged or lost in the name of this progress. The following is a list of the 30 most disturbing human experiments in history.  more

Eating Disorders

There is a commonly held view that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. more

Top 10 Most and Least Common Phobias

What’s your phobia?

Even if you are like FDR and have nothing to fear but fear itself, you are still in the Phobia Club. You have a phobia called “phobophobia” (the fear of phobias).

If you have a phobia, relax if you can—you’re not alone.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 1 in 10, or 6.3 million, Americans have a diagnosed phobia.

So, as we took down our Halloween decorations, we started wondering which phobias are the most popular. (This is how blog ideas are born at ProEdit.)

Is yours on the list of the top 10 most common phobias?  MORE

Everything You Should Know About Thanatophobia

What is thanatophobia?

Thanatophobia is commonly referred to as the fear of death. More specifically, it can be a fear of death or a fear of the dying process.

It’s natural for someone to worry about their own health as they age. It’s also common for someone to worry about their friends and family after they’re gone. However, in some people, these concerns can develop into more problematic worries and fears.  more

What ‘Am I Crazy?’ Really Means

Have you found yourself typing “Am I crazy?” into Google or asking Siri? You probably got back a patchwork of results, from online “sanity tests” to mental health forums.

Fortunately, most people who do such searches aren’t actually going “crazy,” as in developing delusions, paranoia, or hallucinations, says Gerald Goodman, PhD, an emeritus professor of psychology at UCLA.

“Believing that you are going crazy is a good clue that you are sane,” he says.

When someone is developing a serious mental illness with psychosis, such as schizophrenia, they usually don’t know it. “Part of ‘crazy’ is getting away from reality,” Goodman says.  more

More children are dying by suicide. Researchers are asking why

Samantha Kuberski hanged herself with a belt from a crib. She was 6.

Razy Sellars was 11 when he took his life. Gabriel Taye was 8. Jamel Myles was 9.

Suicide in elementary school-aged children remains rare: 53 children aged 11 and younger took their lives in 2016, the last year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has data. But medical professionals and researchers have noted alarming increases in the last decade – deaths more than doubled from 2008 to 2016 – and rising numbers of young children visiting emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts.  more

Psychiatric patients claim ‘hearing voices’ is part of daily life

Rachel Waddingham hears voices.

13 different voices

“I hear about 13 or so voices,” she said in a news release from Durham University, in England. “Each of them is different – some have names, they are different ages and sound like different people. Some of them are very angry and violent, others are scared, and others are mischievous.”

In fact, “for me, the word ‘voices’ isn’t sufficient,” said Waddingham, a trustee of the National Hearing Voices Network in the United Kingdom, and the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis.  more

Depression Signs, Symptoms, Latest Treatments, Tests, and More

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting more than 16 million men and women (almost 6.7 percent of the adult population) and 3.1 million adolescents. (1)

It is a serious mental illness in which feelings of sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest, anger, frustration, or other negative emotions like irritability (especially in adolescents) last for weeks or years and interfere with daily life.  more