Researchers recently discovered that an inhibitory brain receptor triggers synaptic pruning in adolescence. Now, a new article shows that drugs that selectively target these receptors can alter synapse number, with possible implications for the treatment of autism and schizophrenia.
Science of Mental Health
In the past, therapists say it’s been fairly uncommon for patients to bring up politics on the couch. But that was before “fake news,” “alternative facts,” “repeal and replace,” travel bans, protests, and suspicions about Russian influence.
French illustrator Sow Ay who sketches cartoons about his ongoing struggle with mental illness says “I’ve always been sharing my work online. To make people laugh, or to share my story. But it all became way more dark last year.”
People with mild heart disease are more likely to say they have poorer health, anxiety and a negative outlook than people in the general population, a new study suggests.
Among older adults with subthreshold depression (insufficient levels of depressive symptoms to meet diagnostic criteria), collaborative care compared with usual care resulted in an improvement in depressive symptoms after four months, although it is of uncertain clinical importance, according to a study.
National Health Service guidelines state that half of children with such conduct disorders not only miss out on parts of their childhood, but go on to develop serious mental health problems – such as anti-social personality disorders – as adults.
Cook and his colleagues at the University and around the country have identified key intervention programs that have been proven to reduce the rate of mental illness among schoolchildren.
The alarming aspect of the #DiagnoseTrump petition has nothing to do with the actions of the president. The argument surrounding this issue has to do with the way society looks to mental illnesses as a scapegoat for behaviors they dislike.
Using mental illnesses casually categorizes these illnesses into positive or negative illnesses. It makes the illness sound significantly less serious than it is and further contributes to the stigma of mental illnesses.
“Quite surprisingly, we found that people with intermediate educational levels were suffering more mental health problems during the crisis than any other group, and this occurred regardless of whether they were employed or unemployed,” says Juan Antonio Córdoba Doña.
The female ward at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) in India’s capital Delhi is home to about 80 women with mental health problems.
Alabama Senator Cam Ward, an Alabaster Republican, said Tuesday that counties currently pay for detainees’ psychiatric health care. He has introduced a bill that would shift 70 percent of those costs to the federal government under Medicaid.
The Affordable Care Act was a game changer for community clinics. It has enabled them to get reimbursement for much more of the care they provided, because more of their patients now had private insurance or were on Medicaid.
Back in the 1970s, eight mentally well people, including psychologist David Rosenhan, presented themselves at psychiatric hospitals, where they showed signs of mild anxiety and complained of auditory hallucinations, specifically words like “empty” and “hollow”.
The team identified four subtypes of depression. If confirmed in additional studies, the findings could enable clearer diagnoses and pave the way for personalized therapies targeting brain networks found to be awry in individual patients.
MDLive originally launched behavioral health services in November 2014. The company reports it has since conducted more than 50,000 virtual mental health visits and is now available to more than 10 million Americans.
Depression is almost twice as likely to affect women than men. Difficulty in sleeping, loss of appetite and fatigue are the most common symptoms, but another lesser-known risk is a higher chance of heart attack.
A recent review of the literature demonstrates that collaborative care models are particularly well suited to treating depressed women in non-mental health settings.
While psychologists and other counselors have done invaluable work to reduce this risk, new research finds a different group of professionals has had an enormous positive impact: state legislators.
Nearly one in three children have significant psychiatric problems during their time in foster care—especially those related to trauma and neglect that brought them into the system. Recently, psychiatrists working with foster kids have been under fire.
Teachers, you’re no use to anyone if you break yourself. Here are the five friends everyone needs in a time of mental health crisis, writes the former government mental health tsar and mental health campaigner.
The trivialization of mental illness, especially among college students, undermines the struggles of other students that have serious mental health problems.
Dubbed calmbox, the innovative technique comes in the form of a monthly subscription-based service designed for those who are prone to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional and spectrum disorders.
Old age is often characterised by poor health due to isolation, morbidities and disabilities in carrying out activities of daily living leading to depression. A new study offers a comprehensive analysis of depression among the old in South Africa.
A new approach to helping mentally ill people avoid the criminal justice system or get better care is in progress.
Researchers, students, mental health professionals and religious leaders will gather on April 13-14 to attend the ninth annual Muslim Mental Health Conference.