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How real is middle child syndrome?

How real is middle child syndrome?

The oldest kid gets undivided attention from overeager parents, while the youngest gets more freedom and special treatment. Meanwhile, the middle child is just there, squished between siblings. Does middle child syndrome (MCS) exist?

Could Vladimir Putin suffer with Asperger’s syndrome?

Could Vladimir Putin suffer with Asperger’s syndrome?

A US Pentagon report from 2008 concluded that the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality, described as a form of autism. The study was based only of videos of Putin. Putin's authoritarian style and obsession with extreme control is a way of overcompensating for his condition, the researchers concluded.

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle tells of suicide bid

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle tells of suicide bid

Former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle has told how he made the decision that he 'had to die' after being charged with a drink-driving offence, and later jumped into the path of an oncoming lorry. The 35-year-old, the former Professional Footballers' Association chairman, was seriously injured on the A64, near York.

10 things you might not know about trichotillomania

10 things you might not know about trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a condition which causes sufferers to compulsively pull out their hair. A patient lists some key facts.

The man trapped in constant deja vu

The man trapped in constant deja vu

The term deja vu was coined in 1876 by the French philosopher Emile Boirac. It is the overwhelming sense that you have already experienced something before. It translates literally from French as 'already seen'. According to research, about two thirds of us experience at least one deja vu in our lifetime, yet very little is known about what causes it. A group of scientists have studied the strange case of the man with 'chronic deja vu'.

Could you be depressed?

Could you be depressed?

Statistically, between 8% and 12% of us will experience a period of depression before the year is out, according to the Office for National Statistics. But many will never be diagnosed. Despite increased awareness of mental health issues, people can live with a range of symptoms without ever realising they are depressed.

Words people can’t spell - includes ‘psychiatrist’

Words people can’t spell - includes ‘psychiatrist’

A survey commissioned by the television channel Nick Jr. UK to mark its new literacy-based show, Wallykazam!, reveals 50 common words that Britons struggle to spell. The list includes 'psychiatrist'. Well, at least it's a common word.

A death by suicide every 40 seconds

A death by suicide every 40 seconds

Somebody dies by taking their own life every 40 seconds, according to a significant report by the World Health Organization (WHO). It analysed 10 years of research and data on suicide from around the world. It concluded: Around 800,000 people kill themselves every year; it was the second leading cause of death in young people, aged 15 to 29; those over 70 were the most likely to take their own lives; three-quarters of these deaths were in low and middle income countries; in richer countries, three times as many men as women die by suicide. It said limiting access to firearms and toxic chemicals was shown to reduce rates of suicide. And that introducing a national strategy for reducing suicides was effective, yet had been developed in only a minority of countries.

Smartphone stress - the ‘always on’ culture

Smartphone stress - the ‘always on’ culture

For some people, portable connected devices have liberated them from the constraints of the nine-to-five. Flexible working has given them more autonomy over their working lives and enabled them to spend more time with their friends and families. For many others though, smartphones have become tyrants in our pockets, never allowing us to switch off, relax and recharge our batteries. And a number of commentators are becoming increasingly concerned about the syndrome.

Actor David Robb recalls his wife’s anorexia and suicide

Actor David Robb recalls his wife’s anorexia and suicide

Downton Abbey actor David Robb talks about his wife, Briony McRoberts, who became a regular on British TV in Scottish soap Take the High Road. She jumped to her death under a train at the age of 56. David Robb said his wife, who was anorexic as a teenager, developed the illness again after her acting work began to dry up.

How neuroscience patients helped our understanding of the brain

How neuroscience patients helped our understanding of the brain

The stories of five neuroscience patients that enhanced our understanding of the brain. Includes patient 'Tan', who could understand speech but had a severely limited vocabulary of his own, leading to the discovery by Broca (pictured) that speech production and speech comprehension regions of the brain are quite separable.

Dementia self-portraits

Dementia self-portraits

When he learned in 1995 that he had Alzheimer’s disease, William Utermohlen, an American artist living in London, immediately began work on an ambitious series of self-portraits.The artist pursued this project over an eight-year period, adapting his style to the growing limitations of his perception and motor skills and creating images that powerfully documented his experience of his illness. The resulting body of work serves as a unique artistic, medical, and personal record of one man’s struggle with dementia.