Orchids & Dandelions Abloom (Repost)

  Can Genes Send You High or Low? The Orchid Hypothesis A-bloom by David Dobbs Originally posted March 2012* A few years ago, Arial Knafo, a psychologist at Jerusalem University, wanted to see if three-year-olds would share their bonbons. Snack time would come amid a bunch of other activity at Knafo’s lab — drawing, games, […]

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The Depression Map: Genes, Culture, Environment, and a Side of Pathogens

This post, originally published  14 September, 2010, examines how genes and culture can apparently shape one another’s development and expression — a topic much in my mind as I write my book The Orchid and the Dandelion, about how genes, environment, and culture shape temperament, behavior, and destiny   The Depression Map: Genes, Culture, Environment, and a […]

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Psychiatry Throws a Tantrum

Over at Slate I have a story, “The New Temper Tantrum Disorder,” about the “Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder” I wrote about more briefly here a couple weeks ago, when DMDD was still a proposed diagnosis. Last week the DMDD diagnosis was approved for inclusion in the American Psychiatric Association’s forthcoming Diagnostic Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition — […]

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