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 A survey identifies traits, like generosity, that help couples buck the trend toward marital discord once baby arrives.

To Keep Marriage Healthy When Baby Comes, Share Housework

It's well documented that marital happiness plummets with the arrival of a baby. But a study of more than 2,800 married couples identifies common traits that helped more than a third of them buck the trend.
Make sure she has dinner with the rest of the family.

When to Worry About Smart Kids and Drugs

Do children with high IQs grow up to be drug abusers? That was the startling headline on a new research study. But lack of parental supervision and untreated mental health problems are far more likely to be issues, and those are things that parents can fix.

You May Be Among The Things That Go Bump In The Night

One percent of adults reported having two or more episodes of sleepwalking a month.

Military Looks To Redefine PTSD, Without Stigma

If more veterans seek treatment, it would add to the backlog in an already overburdened system.

Why Race Could Color The Vote Against Obama

A new study shows hidden racial attitudes are playing a role in the 2012 presidential vote.

Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

Most of us are unethical without realizing it, researchers say. Exhibit A: the story of Toby Groves.

To Predict Dating Success, The Secret's In The Pronouns

A psychologist says he learns a lot about relationships by analyzing language and use of some words.

Closure Of Chicago Mental Health Clinics Looms

By the end of the month, Chicago plans to shut down six of its 12 public mental health clinics.

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The Pentagon set up special battalions to help returning troops recover from their battlefield wounds. But some of those soldiers have been given excessive amounts of prescription drugs, which are causing additional problems. - READ MORE

Plame Wilson Wages Battle Against Postpartum Depression

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson says her experience with postpartum depression after giving birth to twins tested her in ways that espionage never did. Now her kids are 12, but Plame Wilson continues to speak out about the - READ MORE

VA Struggles To Provide Vets With Mental Health Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs says any veteran who seeks mental health services gets help within days. But a new investigation by the agency's inspector general says the statistics are skewed to make wait times appear shorter. The VA will have a chance at a Senate hearing Wednesday to explain how it's going to do better. - READ MORE

Children With Autism Are Often Targeted By Bullies

A new survey by the Interactive Autism Network found that nearly two-thirds of children with autism spectrum disorders have been bullied at some point. And it found that these kids are three times as likely as typical kids to have been bullied in the past month. - READ MORE

Ark. Judge Socks Johnson & Johnson With $1.1 Billion Penalty

An Arkansas judge's penalty is just the latest legal setback related to the company's marketing of Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug. Among the drug's possible side effects are weight gain and increased risk for diabetes. - READ MORE

Cancer Diagnosis Raises Risk Of Death From Heart Attack, Suicide

Risk of death by heart attack or suicide is greatest in the first week after getting a diagnosis, according to a study in Sweden. Researchers say more support from health care providers could reduce that risk. - READ MORE

Medicare Boosting Coverage For Mental Health Issues

Medicare now covers screening for depression without any cost sharing when patients visit their primary care doctor. That's a big deal, because the condition often goes undiagnosed in the elderly. - READ MORE

A Patient's Perspective: Police And The Mentally Ill

Two police officers faces charges in the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless, schizophrenic man, was beaten to death in California in 2011. Writer Carmelo Valone had a violent encounter with Boston police in 1995. He argues that police need new tactics for confronting the mentally ill. - READ MORE

'Triggered': Anxiety And The Doubting Disorder

In his memoir Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Fletcher Wortmann reveals the overwhelming anxieties he faces and how he gradually learned to cope with what some call the "doubting disorder." - READ MORE

Staff Sgt. Bales Case Shows Stigma, Paradox Of PTSD

Growing awareness about PTSD has had a downside, namely that civilians now assume veterans are likely to have psychological issues. Yet while in the military, many say they feel pressure to hide their problems. The recent mass shooting in Afghanistan has fueled misconceptions and further complicated efforts to treat PTSD. - READ MORE