Is trypophobia real?

Trypophobia is a condition where a person experiences a fear or a version to clusters of small holes.

The condition is thought to be triggered when a person sees a pattern of small clustered holes, bringing about symptoms, such as fear, disgust, and anxiety.

Although trypophobia is not currently recognized by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the term trypophobia has been in use since 2009.

Full story at Medical News Today

Coping With Chronic Stress

Coping with Chronic StressRemember the poster depicting a helpless kitten hanging on to a frayed rope by one claw? It was once a classic wall decoration in elementary school classrooms and its inspirational message said something like, “Hang in there.” Who hasn’t at one time or another felt like that kitten dangling in the air, questioning if she has the strength to hang on, fearing what might happen if she lets go and struggling to shimmy back up to safety. No wonder that kitten pulls at the heart strings. People relate to its stress.

The human condition requires undergoing stressful events. Stress is a natural, programmed physiological process. It’s like an internally regulated alarm system alerting a person to danger and providing the physical means to acknowledge and address a possible cause of harm. In simplest terms, according to Dr. Beth NeSmith, Ph.D., associate professor in the Georgia Health Sciences University Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing and an acute care nurse practitioner, it is the body’s arousal response to a perceived threat.  “It’s concern over something that may or may not happen,” she explains. It strikes in situations in which a person doesn’t know what to expect next or how he will handle it.

Full story of chronic stress at Augusta Magazine

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New Findings On Mortality of Individuals With Schizophrenia

New Findings on People with SchizophreniaA new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the average life expectancy of men and women with schizophrenia is 15 years and 12 years shorter respectively than for those who do not suffer from the disease. The study has been carried out in collaboration with Stanford University in the US.

The reasons why people with schizophrenia have a shorter life expectancy have previously been unknown, but have been much discussed in recent years. The research report that has now been published shows that individuals with schizophrenia are more likely to die of two major diseases.

The study followed over six million individuals from 2003 to 2009, of whom 8 277 had schizophrenia, by analyzing the Swedish population and health registers.

The results show that people with schizophrenia had contact with the health service over twice as often as people without the condition, but they were no more likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Full story of individuals with schizophrenia at Science Daily

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Evolutionary Psychologists Study the Purpose of Punishment and Reputation

Study of Punishment and ReputationFor two decades, evolutionary scientists have been locked in a debate over the evolved functions of three distinctive human behaviors: the great readiness we show for cooperating with new people, the strong interest we have in tracking others’ reputations regarding how well they treat others, and the occasional interest we have in punishing people for selfishly mistreating others.

In an article published September 27 in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers at UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Evolutionary Psychology report new findings that may help settle the debate and provide answers to the behavioral puzzle.

As they go about their daily lives, people usually don’t know the names of the people they encounter and — in cities, at least — typically expect never to see them again, noted Max M. Krasnow, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at UCSB and the paper’s lead author. Despite the fact that these encounters are brief, anonymous, and unlikely to be repeated, however, people often behave as if they are interested in the ongoing well-being and behavior of the strangers they meet.

Full story of punishment and reputation at Science Daily

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What do we know about mood disorders?

Questions on Mood DisordersJudging by the 5 a.m. call I got yesterday from a national news network, and from the barrage of in-print, online and televised discussion I saw as the day wore on, it is clear that the revelation that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated at a "residential treatment facility" for a mood disorder has raised far more questions than it has answered.

The key issues in the media debate/discussion appear to be: What is a mood disorder, and would the treatment of a mood disorder really require prolonged treatment at a residential facility?

Being told someone has a mood disorder is a little bit like learning someone has cancer. There is no such thing as "cancer," only specific types of cancer, which vary hugely from one another in location, symptoms and prognosis and need for treatment.

Like cancer, "mood disorder" is a general term for a group of disorders that can vary widely in terms of symptoms, prognosis and treatment. A mood disorder can be a mild depressive episode that sends a high-functioning person to a counselor for support and guidance, or it can be a florid psychotic episode that lands a previously law-abiding citizen in jail, or worse.

Full story of mood disorders at CNN Health

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