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The Caption to This Photo Touched Thousands of People All Around the World

This photograph was posted online by Shanna Niehaus, the mother of five-year-old Kainoa. The caption for it touched thousands of people all around the world to the bottom of their hearts. “See this moment? I’ve never experienced a moment like this. Yesterday was the first day my 5-year-old autistic son met his new Autism Service Dog, Tornado. We are Americans that live overseas in Japan and have prepared for nearly two years to meet Tornado. This picture captures the face of a mother who saw her child, who she can’t hug, wash, dress, snuggle, and touch, freely lay on his new service dog of hisRead More

Study finds first possible drug treatment for lymphedema

Tracey Campbell has lived for seven years with lymphedema, a chronic condition that causes unsightly swelling in her left leg. The disease, which stems from a damaged lymphatic system, can lead to infections, disfigurement, debilitating pain and disability. There is no cure. The only available treatment is to wear compression garments or use massage to suppress the swelling, which can occur throughout the body in some cases. Campbell — who had two quarts of excess water in her left leg by the time she was diagnosed — has for yearsRead More

The Eight Basic Qualities in All Personality Disorders

From the earliest attempts by psychiatrists to diagnose longstanding deficits in adaptive functioning known as personality disorders to the most recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) in 2013, there has been confusion and controversy: How many of these disorders are there, how distinct are they from one another, do they show stability over time, and, importantly, can people who have them be cured? Some disorders seem to provide sources of endless fascination to professionals and laypersons alike, such as narcissistic, antisocial, and borderline personality disorders. Each term has become part of popular parlance, even asRead More

Can You Spot a Narcissist?

Do you think you could spot a narcissist? Could it be you or someone you know? Narcissistic personality disorder is a habitual pattern of grandiosity, a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy, beginning in early adulthood, and indicated by the following criteria. If any of these apply, you might have a narcissist in your midst! 1. A grandiose sense of self-importance where the individual exaggerates achievements and talents and expects to be recognized as superior without relevant accomplishments. 2. A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance,Read More

SNL’s Pete Davidson reveals that he’s been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder

About the author:  Norman Quarrinton “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson revealed he has borderline personality disorder during a recent episodeof Marc Maron’s podcast “WTF With Marc Maron.” Davidson confessed to Maron that he’s “been a pothead forever” before clarifying that he had believed the symptoms he was experiencing were due to his use of the drug. “Around October [or] September last year, I started having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after. Blind rage,” Davidson said. “I never really did any other drugs, so IRead More

Borderline Personality Disorder and Ability to Read Emotions

The ability to decode emotions is a basic social skill. Knowing whether the people you’re with are happy, angry, fearful, or sad will help you gauge how exactly to interact with them. In people with borderline personality, who are defined in part by their difficulties in relationships, the risk would seem greater than for most. On the one hand, they may become highly attuned to the facial expressions of the people they’re with, so as to determine whether they’re going to be rejected. In this case, they would be biased toward reading more negativityRead More

Judge Who Sentenced Parents to 130 Years for Child Abuse: ‘Your Kids Were on Death’s Door’

A judge had strong words this week for an Oklahoma mother and father sentenced to 130 years in prison for what a police officer termed the “worst case of child abuse” he had ever seen. “It’s my estimation that your kids were on death’s door,” Judge William Musseman said in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, District Court on Monday, reports the Associated Press and The Tulsa World. The 9-month-old twin girls of parents Kevin Fowler, 25, and Aislyn Miller, 24, weighed roughly eight lbs. each when they were hospitalized in December. The couple was arrested following aRead More

A New Way to Understand the Narcissistic Male

Pathological narcissism is a personality attribute that characterizes individuals just below the level of a diagnosable disorder but remains clinically significant. According to the epidemiological data summarized in psychiatry’s diagnostic manual (American PsychiatricAssociation, 2013), men are more likely to have the personality disorder that forms the clinically significant form of narcissism. Individuals with pathological narcissism also show high levels of distress as well as high-risk behaviors that interfere with their ability to lead fulfilling lives. If there’s a narcissist in your life, you may not feel particularly sympathetic toward his plight. However, as noted byRead More

A New Way to Understand the Narcissistic Male

The findings underscored the importance of taking age into account when understanding narcissism. Research on personality disorders, in general, shows a lower percentage of individuals in mid and later life who have the so-called “immature” personality disorders that include narcissistic personality disorder.  Accordingly, in the Canadian study, the sample as a whole, whose average age was 49 years (with a range of from 19 to 86), pathological narcissism scores were lower than those obtained in samples of undergraduates. Within the current sample, younger men also were higher in SB-PNI scores than theirRead More

17 Things That Happen When An Empath Loves A Narcissist

There Has Never Been A More Toxic Union, Than The Relationship Between An Empath And A Narcissist. Empaths often are misunderstood as being weak, or victims of their kindness. That’s not the case at all. Empaths are strong, resilient individuals who are highly sensitive to the feelings and emotions of others. However, when narcissists enter the picture, “victims” are exactly what empaths become, if they don’t know how to protect themselves and create boundaries. Empaths want to heal the world, and can’t stand to see someone in pain. Because of this, theyRead More