February 28, 2013 After Elyn Saks was diagnosed with schizophrenia, she thought she'd never be able to hold a job. Saks explains how she went on to become a law professor at the University of Southern California. Dr. Richard Friedman, of Weill Cornell Medical College, discusses balancing work and mental illness.
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A guinea pig does its part for science and human relations by sitting on the lap of an autistic child.
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February 27, 2013 Autistic children may find it easier to socialize with other people in the presence of animals. An Australian study suggests that animals could help autistic children connect with therapists, teachers and their peers.
February 26, 2013 A new study on bullying shows that people who were bullied have higher rates of psychiatric illness as adults. Host Michel Martin speaks with the study's lead author, William Coleman of Duke University, and bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman.
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February 20, 2013 Georgia inmate Warren Lee Hill has received a stay of execution. State doctors who initially said Hill, who has an IQ of 70, did not meet the qualifications for "mental retardation" have changed their minds. Only Georgia requires a defendant to prove mental impairment beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Seeds of fear? To most of us, cantaloupe and horn melon look like a healthy breakfast or snack. But the clusters of seeds can evoke anxiety, nervousness and even nausea for some trypophobes.
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February 13, 2013 Images of holey foods, like Swiss cheese, aerated chocolate and lotus pods, are freaking out people on the Internet. Urban Dictionary has even coined a term for it: trypophobia. These photographs may make your skin crawl and stomach churn, but here's why you shouldn't panic.
February 8, 2013 We spend a lot of time sleeping (roughly one-third of our lives, according to the National Institutes of Health). But how much downtime do our brains really need? Experts discuss the links between sleep, memory and cognition, and why our sleep patterns change as we age.
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Life as a millennial may not be as mellow as it looks.
February 8, 2013 Health care professionals aren't giving Americans the stress management advice they want, according to a new survey. The untreated anxiety may be good news for the snack food and video game industries.
February 8, 2013 When she was younger, Myra didn't realize her mom, Bonnie Brown, was "different" than most. Her mother's intellectual disability was only something she realized later when her mother told her, "I know I am not like your friends' mothers, but I'm doing the best I can."
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February 6, 2013 Is there a definitive line that divides "crazy" from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two.
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February 6, 2013 Comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." He asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away, and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?
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Elyn Saks, mental health law scholar, speaking at the TEDGlobal conference.
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February 6, 2013 Elyn Saks says she's not schizophrenic — she's a person with schizophrenia. Saks was able to rise above her grave diagnosis to become a respected legal scholar. She asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
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February 4, 2013 Calls for better equipment and protection for players grew louder in the NFL this year. It follows growing evidence of the damage caused by repeated blows to the head, and some high-profile suicides by former players.
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February 1, 2013 In the early days of the NFL, the average lineman weighed 190 pounds. Now they average 300 pounds. A look at the physics behind a tackle shows that bigger and faster players means harder slams to the turf and more severe injuries.
January 25, 2013 The suicide rate has been climbing among servicemen and women in the U.S. military. To put those numbers in context, Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Alex Crosby of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the overall U.S. suicide rate and the factors that contribute to it.
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January 24, 2013 Our memories and experiences help shape who we are, so what happens when memories are erased? Host Neal Conan talks with neuroscientist Daniel Levitin about the role memories play in defining our sense of self and the challenges that arise when we lose them.
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