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Phantom Limbs: The Missing Link

Scientists, researchers, and physicians alike still have not been able to pinpoint the precise cause of phantom pain, a term coined by Silas Weir Mitchell in 1871. Phantom limb is used to reference a syndrome in which patients experience pain or other sensations originating from a nonexistent limb. There may also be discrepancies between the…

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Separating Facts from Fiction

Very few psychological disorders have captured the public’s imagination like Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). While often confused with schizophrenia, which is characterized by paranoia rather than dissociation, dissociative identity is a completely unrelated disorder. Dissociative disorders in general tend to be rare, misunderstood, and often debated among psychology experts. Many disagree about whether DID, arguably…

You Are What You Feed

When people find out I don’t have Facebook, they always look so puzzled. “Why not?” they ask. It’s been two years since I deactivated my account and, yet, I still can’t find a coherent answer to this question. More times than not, I respond with an “uhhh” until somebody eventually changes the subject. I do…

Gone Girl and the Paradox of Madness

Gone Girl. Some call it a traditional gothic horror tale that reveals the truth of marriage. Others have derided it as a misandrist revenge fantasy or a misogynist validation of every paranoia American culture teaches men to hold. Certainly, this controversy highlights gendered double-standards in the United States. But more, Amy Dunne,  the main character,…

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