The mental health field is constantly changing. One major driver of these changes is the ever-evolving state of research on such topics as neuroscience, pharmacology, social psychology, the relationship between physical and mental health, substance use, and the social determinants of health (race, gender, class, national origin). Research and the endless search for evidence-based practices is at the heart of mental health, but sifting through the vast amounts being published is a daunting task. Nevertheless, we believe a public interest is served by giving readers a sampling of some of the current ideas, and controversies, in the area of mental health research.
In recent months, new data have appeared that potentially illuminate how these risks, and the various experiences of migration, play out in the human brain. They highlight the importance of developing effective clinical interventions to help combat growing social stressors.
Instagram is the most damaging social network to young people’s mental wellbeing, and causes feelings of inadequacy and anxiety, according to a survey of around 1,500 14- to 24-year-olds.
Patients with mental illness and comorbid diabetes who participated in a targeted illness management program experienced greater improvement in depression, global psychopathology, and functioning compared with those who received treatment as usual.
People with depression show abnormalities in the body’s release of its own, endogenous, opioid chemicals. Depression tends to exacerbate pain—it makes chronic pain last longer and hurts the recovery process after surgery.
Psychological, educational interventions in primary care setting show benefit in preventing depression
Educational interventions — those that attempt to change how people think by using techniques such as cognitive behavioral or interpersonal therapy, to prevent depression, had a modest but significant preventive effect in primary care.
A steady increase in admissions due to suicidality and serious self-harm occurred at 32 children’s hospitals across the nation from 2008 through 2015, the researchers found.
Work is currently underway to develop a drug that will serve as an alternative to traditional antidepressants by acting as a “resilience enhancer”—a sort of vaccine for the emotional and mental impact of stressful situations that can in turn trigger depression.
If clinical trials yield positive results, a handful of these drugs could become prescription medicines in the next decade. The furthest along in this process is MDMA, which is showing promise in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Depression, irritability, and psychiatric comorbid conditions negatively impact quality of life and functioning in bipolar disorder, according to a study published in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.
If it works in humans, she envisions the drug she’s developing could be used to give to soldiers in war or aid workers in disaster zones to manage their emotions in the aftermath.
On Tuesday, the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted a colloquium on the state of mental health in South Africa and the issues raised by the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Its purpose was to derive a multifaceted, scholarly understanding of the state of mental healthcare.
A new study led by researchers at San Diego State University suggests that providing a brief behavioral therapy in the pediatric primary care setting can help more young people get the help they need.
Contrary to the usual belief that the tribal population lives a more or less stress-free life and are immune to psychiatric illnesses, a recent study found prevalence of ailments and low quality of life among the tribals in the Araku Valley of Vizag district.
The survey by Deakin University aims to find out more about the mental health and stress suffered by fishermen working in the industry.
A damning new report is calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into mental health services in New Zealand. The crowd-funded study found 93 per cent of both users and workers found mental health services lacking.
Nearly half of mentally ill individuals who said they had contact with Phoenix police said the officers actually made the situation worse, according to a city survey.
Scientists are studying a host of symptoms now known collectively as post-Ebola syndrome. Symptoms include loss of eyesight, joint pain and fatigue, as well as mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
A new paper sets out principles for responsibly testing innovative treatments for severe depression, based on treating more than 100 patients with approximately 1,000 infusions of ketamine over six years in Oxford.
Patients who have a history of sexual trauma may be more likely to respond to interpersonal psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than other common psychotherapies, according to a study.
Psychiatrists and psychologists at the University of Basel and the Psychiatric University Clinics Basel (UPK) have examined how dangerous the general public considers mentally ill people to be and which factors influence this perception.
Most Americans oppose the death penalty for the mentally ill, a category that ranges from mild to severe. But our research suggests that the death penalty actually targets those who have mental illnesses.