Mental Health

1:39am

Mon January 7, 2013
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Triage System Helps Colleges Treat Mentally Ill Students

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 2:34 pm

Meredith Was, a senior at the University of Virginia, heads a chapter of the mental health advocacy group Active Minds.
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Miranda Dale had her first breakdown during her freshman year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It was 2 a.m. on a Saturday, and she hadn't left her dorm room in days.

"I honestly didn't know what to do," says Dale. "I heard rumors that at a big university you're just a number and you're not going to get through to anyone" at the university counseling center.

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7:12am

Wed December 12, 2012

3:53pm

Fri November 30, 2012
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Weekend Vote Will Bring Controversial Changes To Psychiatrists' Bible

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 10:18 am

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This weekend, 20 people from around the country will meet in a nondescript hotel room in Arlington, Va., and take a vote. A passing stranger who stumbled on this group wouldn't see much of anything, just a bunch of graying academic types sitting around a table.

But millions of people will be touched by that vote because the graying academic types are voting to approve the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual — the bible of psychiatry.

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11:51am

Fri November 16, 2012
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Mental Disorders And Evolution: What Would Darwin Say About Schizophrenia?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 4:36 am

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It's a question that's baffled evolutionary theorists for decades: if survival of the fittest is the rule, how have the genes that contribute to serious, debilitating mental disorders survived?

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8:43am

Thu November 15, 2012
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A Peek Inside Rappers' Brains Shows Roots Of Improvisation

Some rappers have an impressive ability to make up lyrics on the fly, in a style known as freestyle rap.

These performers have a lot in common with jazz musicians, it turns out.

Scientists have found artists in both genres are using their brains in similar ways when they improvise.

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