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When Your Child Is a Psychopath

When Your Child Is a Psychopath | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.
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Over the years I practiced as a psychologist I met a few kids who were psychopaths and lacked the capacity for real emotional connect but who could understand how to function in the world. They happily manipulated other people to get whatever they could. Then there were the few who did not seem able to find pleasure or happiness without the excitement of hurting others. Could they learn to suppress that motivation and learn that there were other, better ways to find pleasure? My guess only to a limited degree. Which raises powerful ethical and political issues: At what point does a person place themselves outside the limits of the human community? And, if they do,  what are we then to do with them? 

I had a friend years ago who recommended that we use deserted islands to house the less-than beings; something like Escape From New York except isolated rather than contained. Or do we blow them away as if they were zombies after the apocalypse? Finally, how do we decide who they are?

In a sense, we may yet have to return to the Soviet Union's notion of psychiatry, when the politically unaccepted were diagnosed. Oh, but wait; then would that include LBGT people? Would it include those who supported a particular political candidate? Which one? 

Sometimes, it is just damn difficult to be a rational and caring human. "Off with their heads," screams the queen, who is so not amused. 
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The Islamic State creates a new type of jihadist: Part terrorist, part gangster

The Islamic State creates a new type of jihadist: Part terrorist, part gangster | Upsetment | Scoop.it
European followers of ISIS help finance the group’s war machine through petty crime.
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Obviously, ISIS is becoming a gang just like the drug cartels and the street gangs of central America. While part of our response must be military, we also need to consider addressing the psychological and sociological conditions that lead young people first into criminality and then into the rationalization that being a hoodlum in the guise of jihad makes their behavior acceptable. 

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She fought making it easier for Virginia to commit the mentally ill. Then she got committed herself.

She fought making it easier for Virginia to commit the mentally ill. Then she got committed herself. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Alison Hymes was a longtime advocate for the mentally ill in Virginia, even serving on a task force to reform state laws. But she was committed involuntarily in 2011 and again in 2013.
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If you find this story fascinating, you really should read my novel, "Memoirs From the Asylum." It will take you into the depths of the madness, not just the patients' but the system's.

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Parkinson's Drugs Linked to Sex and Gambling Addictions

Parkinson's Drugs Linked to Sex and Gambling Addictions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientists have new clues to what causes behaviors like pathological gambling, hypersexuality and compulsive shopping after a new study shows these behaviors may occur as the side effects of taking certain drugs, that affect dopamine in the brain.
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Anyone who works with mental illness knows that dopamine is the neurotransmitter most likely to be involved in issues of impulse control and hallucination. Amphetamines are dopamine mimetic drugs, and we know what that using them does for many people. Clinical trials for any drug that acts within the brain should include careful attention to behavioral side effects.

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Now there's a link I wasn't expecting.

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Study: Rodent empathy is environmental, not genetic

Study: Rodent empathy is environmental, not genetic | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rats will only help other rats they are socially familiar with, whether they are of the same or a different strain.
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The human question this evokes: How do we decide who is like us and who is not? For rats it may be as easy as what they have seen in the past, but for us it is perhaps the real test to recognize the common core of humanity. That is a test far too many of us humans fail.

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What Does It Feel Like to Have Trichotillomania?

What Does It Feel Like to Have Trichotillomania? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
For years, Cheryn Salazar never went anywhere without her makeup. Even in labor, she waddled over to the mirror to make sure her eyebrows were still drawn on. "It was like, ‘Don’t dab my brow
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Compulsive preening disorders like trichotillomania are some of the most powerful compulsions we have. Driven by a need to avoid looking bad, they like compulsive working out and eating disorders, can take over lives and can eventually even lead to serious physical illnesses to go along with the psychological torment. No, they are not a simple case of willful behavior. The combination of anxiety and fear that one somehow does not look right make body dysmorphia of any kind horrific. As with most behavioral expressed disorders, sharing recovery with others helps. 
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Why 40% of Americans Misremember Their 9/11 Experience

Why 40% of Americans Misremember Their 9/11 Experience | Upsetment | Scoop.it
'Human memory is not like a computer.'
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Memory is a creative process. Speaking of creative, my new book which culminates on 9/11, will be released soon. "Times to Try the Soul of Man" is one young man's personal growth set against the realities of the world at the turn of the century. Those realities included some real criminality, espionage, and corruption.

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Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

My mother was so overprotective that she didn't let me use crayons; I might poke myself in the eye. Which reminds me of the kid who always came home with pictures done only in black. He sat at the back of the room. By the time he got to the crayon box, that was the only color left. Enough joking, the interesting thing about drawings by little kids is that they do reflect the child's emotions and sense of reality, which is why once an artist is well trained they often want to allow themselves to regress, for it is the child's art that tells truth.

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Three Tricks for Dealing with Anxiety In the Moment

Three Tricks for Dealing with Anxiety In the Moment | Upsetment | Scoop.it

You may have prepared for a stressful situation like a job interview, an important meeting, or a presentation, but you're still likely to have some anxiety while you're in the situation. That's normal! Here are some things you can try to ease your anxiety

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Warning, some other methods such as masturbating, drinking, or taking drugs, may reduce anxiety, but they will not help you deal the realities of the situation.

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