Psychologists Colluded With Pentagon, CIA on ‘Torture’: Report

The US’s top psychology association colluded with the Pentagon and the CIA to devise ethical guidelines to support post-9/11 interrogation techniques that have since been labeled as torture, a report said Friday. Some members of the American Psychological Association (APA), including senior staff, sought to “curry favor” with defense officials, according to the 542-page probe […]

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: It Is Starkly, Nakedly False That Sex Change Is Possible

The idea that one’s sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery. For forty years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School—twenty-six of which were also spent as Psychiatrist in […]

Mental Health Bill Gets a Second Chance

Rep. Tim Murphy’s big mental health bill is getting a second chance this week, with its most controversial provision stripped out. A House subcommittee plans on Tuesday to consider the 173-page plan, which Murphy has ceaselessly championed over the last year and a half. The Pennsylvania Republican, who is a psychiatrist, has emerged as Congress’ […]

Sen. Markey Pushes For $60M for CDC to Study ‘Epidemic of Gun Violence’

Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to authorize $60 million in taxpayer money to go to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) for research on gun violence prevention. The measure, introduced last week, would give $10 million a year “for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2021 for the purpose of conducting or supporting research on […]

State Dep’t Official: Boredom, a Desire to Belong, Marginalization Drive ‘Violent Extremism’

Factors driving individuals to “violent extremism” range from boredom to “perceived adventure” to a desire to belong; while conditions conducive to its spread among communities include “social rejection, political disenfranchisement, and economic exclusion,” a State Department official said Tuesday. “Yet the phenomenon of political, economic, and social marginalization as a driver of violent extremism is […]

Being Unemployed Could Warp Your Personality

New research suggests being unemployed may actually alter a person’s “core personality” for the worse, making it harder to secure new employment, per the American Psychological Association. A study published in the APA’s Journal of Applied Psychology looked at nearly 6,769 German adults who took a personality test at two points during a four-year period; […]

School Shooter Fooled Psychologists As He Plotted Deadly Rampage

He called himself a “psychopath” in his secret diary and vowed revenge for slights dating back to elementary school before the Arapahoe High School shooter killed another student and himself last year, according to a sheriff’s report released Friday. Law enforcement and school officials said that 18-year-old Karl Pierson, furious over being demoted Sept. 3 […]