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During Romantic Love, Your Brain Acts Obsessed, Depressed, and Stressed

Not all love is the same, says psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz. When your brain experiences romantic love, as opposed to maternal love, it exhibits signs of obsession, depression, and emotional stress.

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What can scientists know about love by looking at your brain? Quite a lot, says psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz. When individuals recall experiencing different kinds of love — romantic, maternal, etc. — brain scan machines (fMRIs) show which regions of the brain activate. As different regions are responsible for the release of different hormones, it is possible to establish biological similarities between romantic love and other emotional states that activate the brain in similar ways. The results are not what you might expect.

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The Passion of Vincent Van Gogh: How Mental Illness Transformed His Work

Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz discusses the artistic qualities that make Vincent van Gogh legendary, and how his unusual personality, affected by a certain mental disorder, affected his work.

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Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz discusses the artistic qualities that make Vincent van Gogh legendary, and how his unusual personality, affected by a certain mental disorder, affected his work. We know, for example, that Van Gogh was both highly disagreeable and "sticky," meaning he had a deep need for friendship despite his quarrelsome nature. His relationships with his brother and fellow painter Paul Gauguin, not to mention his various liaisons with women he wasn't suited for, take us a stop closer to understanding how Van Gogh's mental state affected his artistic output.

Help Prevent Cheating by Avoiding Emotional Affairs

What often begins as a former girlfriend or boyfriend making contact on Facebook can easily result in a physical relationship. Psychiatrist Gail Saltz explains how to avoid cheating on your partner.

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While thinking about someone other than your partner in a romantic way might be a healthy behavior, indulging those thoughts can become a real form of betrayal, explains psychiatrist Gail Saltz. What often begins as a former girlfriend or boyfriend making contact on Facebook can easily result in a physical relationship, so Saltz has a few guidelines for engaging old friends, which should be allowed, without risking to end your relationship.

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