Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Alcohol and drug misuse and related disorders are major public health challenges that are taking an enormous toll on individuals, families, and society. Neighborhoods and communities as a whole are also suffering as a result of alcohol- and drug-related crime and violence, abuse and neglect of children, and the increased costs of health care associatedContinue reading “Substance Use Disorder (SUD)”

Sociopath vs Psychopath: What’s The Difference?

You may have heard people call someone else a “psychopath” or a “sociopath.” But what do those words really mean? You won’t find the definitions in mental health’s official handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Doctors don’t officially diagnose people as psychopaths or sociopaths. They use a different term instead: antisocial personalityContinue reading “Sociopath vs Psychopath: What’s The Difference?”

Is Social Media Turning People Into Narcissists?

Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. In this series, we look at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the law. There has been a massive increase in the use of social media – from being almost non-existent 15 years ago, it now takes up a major part of our livesContinue reading “Is Social Media Turning People Into Narcissists?”

Don’t Feed The Trolls

Almost half the population of the planet now has access to the internet, with about one in three of those people regularly active on social media. But this increased opportunity to socialise and communicate in a virtual environment has offered new avenues for antisocial behaviour. The problem of cyberbullying has received considerable research attention. However,Continue reading “Don’t Feed The Trolls”

The Robots Are Polarising How We Consume News

An article recently published in the American Journal of Political Science claims to have found proof that the internet is fuelling polarisation. The article uses data from 2004 to 2008 to show those with better internet access consume greater quantities of partisan media, and that greater exposure to biased news sources makes people more hostileContinue reading “The Robots Are Polarising How We Consume News”