Maia Szalavitz is a neuroscience journalist. Her next book, Unbroken Brain, will explore why addiction is best viewed as a developmental disorder and what this means for treatment and policy.
Co-published with Vice. Pain patients who take opioids face numerous barriers to accessing adequate medication amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Co-published with The Guardian. Inequality isn’t just changing the way we deal with economics – it’s perversely altering how we see ourselves and what we value.
Co-published with The Guardian. It’s about to get worse for those needing help as the Trump administration tightens access to all sorts of benefits.
Co-published with The Guardian. We want the world to be fair: the good will be rewarded, the evil punished. As a result, we blame the victims of misfortune.
Co-published with The Guardian. Americans reflexively link hard work with reward, but what happens as the two become ever more disconnected?
Co-published with The Guardian. Inequality predicts homicide rates ‘better than any other variable’, says an expert – and it is linked to a highly developed concern for one’s own status.
Co-published with The Guardian. Americans are exposed to one of the most damaging sources of stress: uncertainty. The assault on our fundamental sense of security can make us sick.
Co-published with the Guardian. Emotional, physical or sexual abuse can lie at root of weight problems in later life and, unless targeted, taxes on food types will be cruel to those who self-medicate
Co-published with The Guardian. Researchers are exploring how community, connection and trust could help protect society’s most vulnerable.
Co-published with The Guardian. If an unexpected medical emergency bankrupts you, you view yourself as a victim of bad fortune – while seeing other bankruptcy court clients as spendthrifts. Why?
Co-published with The Guardian. Rise in acts of plane-related violence shed light on something bigger: modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible.
Co-published with VICE. Doctors are already getting spooked out of prescribing painkillers, and new rules could make life in some of America's struggling communities even worse.