Source: Wikimedia Commons There’s a house down the street with piles of debris inside and boxes stacked on the front porch. “The hoarders’ house,” a neighbor calls it. According to the DSM-5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), compulsive hoarders cling to their possessions, unable to discard things they no longer use. Their homes are filled with newspapers, magazines, and old clothing. Their clutter is often piled so high they cannot use their living areas. In severe cases, hoarders are unable to cook in their kitchens or sleep in their beds. Hoarding behavior affects both males and females, occurring most often in adults over 55. People typically begin hoarding after a traumatic life event or period of acute stress. Feeling unsafe, they accumulate possessions to feel more secure. Yet by living in these cluttered, unsanitary conditions, they compromise their health and safety. Compulsive … [Read more...] about Why So Much Compulsive Hoarding?
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These haunting portraits show the faces of patients kept at one of the most infamous and controversial mental hospitals in history. Scores of people treated at Bethlem Royal Hospital - known better by its nickname Bedlam - in London were photographed in the 1850s by doctors to try to find evidence of their mental health conditions. The pictures were taken by photographer Henry Hering between 1856 and 1857 and have recently been unearthed among the hospital's files and medics are unlikely to have derived much from the 'evidence' with most of the patients wearing a similar expression. Little is known about the patients, with only a few of the photos containing names and conditions. But they reveal some of the individuals had committed horrific crimes, including a woman with 'apoplectic mania' who had killed a child while a William Sellers was at the hospital to be treated for mania after killing his mother. The notorious institution, which was the first to specialise in mental health … [Read more...] about Faces of Bedlam: How a Victorian photographer’s haunting portraits of patients sent to the notorious Bethlem Asylum were used to examine them for evidence of mental health conditions
February saw the announcement in Silicon Valley by X Prize founder, serial entrepreneur, and all-round gee-whiz future-technology promoter Peter Diamandis that he had cofounded a new company called Celularity. He did so together with Dr. Bob Hariri, a renowned biomedical entrepreneur known for innovations in harvesting placental stem cells. Hariri had previously founded Celgene Cellular Therapeutics. Here's the new company's aim, as expressed on its website: "Celularity seeks to make 100 years old the new 60, and to provide people with maximal aesthetics, mobility, and cognition as they age." According to Diamandis, Celularity "is being born above the line of supercredibility, with $250 million (€203 million) in funding from Celgene, United Therapeutics Corporation, Sorrento Therapeutics, Human Longevity, and a group of venture capitalists." Fresh cells and tissues for aging bodies So it's clear the company has serious funding. Does it have a serious scientific basis? It … [Read more...] about What if billionaires could live forever?
On June 1st last year, the 1975 played a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. It was a huge moment for the English pop provocateurs, who had recently broken through in the U.S. with their second full-length LP, 2016’s chart-topping I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. “There’s a picture of Michael Jackson playing the Garden right before you go on,” says singer-guitarist Matty Healy, 29. “I remember staring at that, thinking, ‘This is fucking crazy.’ ” Truthfully, though, Healy doesn’t remember all that much about that night. “It was a strange time,” he adds. “I mean, I was still doing quite a lot of drugs.” Healy founded the 1975 in the early 2000s with drummer George Daniel, bassist Ross MacDonald and lead guitarist Adam Hann, friends from secondary school near Manchester. They spent years alternately mocking the idea of rock stardom and embodying it to the … [Read more...] about The Rebirth of the 1975
It’s a fact: while Americans have countless tools with which to connect with one another, we are also watching fragmentation, polarization, and de-diversification happen en masse. The American public is self-segregating, tearing at the social fabric of the country. Many in the tech world imagined that the internet would connect people in unprecedented ways, allow for divisions to be bridged and wounds to heal – a Kumbaya dream of sorts. Today, those same dreamers find it quite unsettling to watch as the tools that were designed to bring people together are used by people to magnify divisions and undermine social solidarity. These tools were built in a bubble, and that bubble has burst. Nowhere is this more acute than with Facebook. Naive as hell, Mark Zuckerberg dreamed he could build the tools that would connect people at unprecedented scale, both domestically and internationally. He still clings to that hope while facing increasing attacks about the role that Facebook is … [Read more...] about Self-segregation: how a personalized world is dividing Americans