Connecticut shooting open thread.

If I see one more reporter pressuring a traumatized kid or their parents, I’m going to kick humanity square in the nuts and leave. I’m mostly disgusted, and trying to focus on other work.  However, I see everybody on the web talking about this, so here’s a place to do it with other WWJTD commenters/readers.  [Read More...]

The American Psychological Association removes Asperger’s as a diagnosis.

The APA is apparently reclassifying those who have Asperger’s, which will no longer be a diagnosis under the DSM-V: The American Psychiatric Association voted this weekend to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome from the so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders. People with Asperger’s will now more likely be [Read More...]

That’s so crazy!

Steven here… A woman in Russia was just arrested for keeping a dead body in her apartment. For three years. With kids living there. The devout Pentecostal woman believed her husband would resurrect and she made her kids feed the body and have conversations with it. Commenters are quick to point out that the woman [Read More...]

Mail: trapped by mental illness.

I’m behind on answering emails, so there will be a lot of that today.  Some of them will find their way onto the blog.  The first comes from Hank (name changed). I’ve been following your blog since I saw your talk at [my school]. When I saw the video of your talk at Skepticon 4, [Read More...]

The Therapist Project in Psychology Today.

Psychology Today has released an interview with Dr. Darrel Ray over the Therapist Project.  Darrel does a great job at first identifying the problem. Certainly, the best schools train therapists to avoid imposing their beliefs on the client, but right now there are hundreds of religious schools graduating thousands of Christian counselors, licensable in most [Read More...]

Selfishness and suicide.

[Trigger warning:  suicide] Christina here… I received a text message from my dad 2 months ago: Dad: “Do you remember Shawn (lastname)?” “Of course I do”, I thought. Shawn and I lived together as roommates for a few years. We met in high school. We picked up odd jobs together with my dad, who is a general [Read More...]

What depression feels like.

Michaelyn sent me this.  The artist is ricochet188. [Read more...]

A hero is gentle to Ann Coulter.

During the third Presidential debate, Ann Coulter, that wicked, wicked woman, made the following tweet. I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard. — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 23, 2012 This prompted a response from a Special Olympian with down syndrome. I’m a 30 year old man with Down [Read More...]

Email: how to help someone with bipolar disorder or other mental illness.

I got this email from Agatha (that’s not her real name). Hi JT! How’s everything going for you? I’ve been following your blog fairly consistently, and it looks like you’ve been having fun with a wide variety of skeptical shennanigans. We miss you here in [name of state]! Through all of your blog posts, the [Read More...]

When the monster was born.

I was not popular in high school.  I wanted to be.  Didn’t we all? Initially I tried being like everybody else and found I wasn’t any good at it.  So eventually I took off in the complete opposite direction, bucking all social norms and claiming that I didn’t care for acceptance.  Of course, that was [Read More...]