Saturday, July 12, 2008

Weekly Psych News Roundup

Special thanks to my friend Paulo Júnior in Rio de Janeiro for allowing me to use his art!

Mental Health Parity Is Alive & Well, Maybe
Both houses of Congress came to an agreement on mental health parity this week, meaning that mental health benefits must be comparable to those for other illnesses or conditions. Read more at the Wall Street Journal Blog.

Autism Treatment Takes A Risky Turn
Under pressure from parents of autistic children, the National Institute of Mental Health director Dr. Thomas Insel gave the green light on investigation of the controversial chelation therapy. This is a treatment based on the hypothesis that autism is the result of mercury in vaccines. Here's more from US News.

Men Are The Biggest Flirts
In the July issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, new research indicates that men and women handle flirtation differently, among other things. Apparently men tended to look at their partner more negatively after meeting an attractive potential new mate while women tried to strengthen their current relationships. See the full report at Medical News Today.

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
It may be easier than you think. Dr. Laura Berman cites new research that people tend to overestimate the pain of a breakup and bounce back quicker than expected.

Is Online Therapy A Good Thing?
For social worker Michael Callans and his wife, it definitely is. And a profitable one at that. Very interesting story including research and opinions on the subject at Related Content

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