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Questions About Sociopaths, Psychopaths, and Narcissists

Psychopaths and sociopaths are pop-psychology terms describing two somewhat different types or expressions of antisocial personality disorder.

Narcissistic personality disorder is a separate disorder, but there is much overlap.

Narcissistic traits are inherently part of antisocial personality disorder, and antisocial traits are inherently part of narcissistic personality disorder. Is there more work to be done on defining these disorders?
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10 Self Screening Tools For Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Etc.

May is Mental Health month, and a timely reminder to screen for mental illness or addiction.

Mental Health America,  a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans, offers some simple screening tools that can help you determine if you might be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or substance abuse/addiction.

These screening tools
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Marijuana & Schizophrenia

Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger schizophrenia in susceptible individuals, says a new study from Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine.

"Our research demonstrates that cannabis has a differential risk on susceptible versus non-susceptible individuals," said Dr. Barzilay, one of the lead researchers. "In other words, young people with a genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia — those who have psychiatric disorders in their families — should bear in mind that they're playing with fire if...
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Online Reviews Cannot Be Trusted. Really. Part II

Contd. from Part One

Our Fraudulent Online Review Story at HealthGrades

went to specialist last year. He was excellent, one of the best healthcare professionals in her experience. In addition to a host of awards, and doing very good work, he had a warm and informative bedside manner. But during a follow up-visit, he told her he was struggling with a negative online review that was causing him to literally lose sleep. Apparently, a disgruntled patient...
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Love Older People & Advocate For Them

The New York Times reported on new research that shows there's been an extremely sharp rise in the use of multiple psychotropic drugs in older Americans, even those without mental health diagnoses.
"The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.
"The new analysis, based on data...
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