Black males were 32 % less likely to receive psychiatric treatment than white males, with no differences between white and Hispanic males, or any female subgroups.
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.
According to a new survey, what most teenagers want is easy access to mental health professionals rather than being “patched up” by teachers with little training.
Darsten Hjorthøj, Ph.D., along with his colleagues, obtained information from 11 studies out of 13 publications that involve 247,603 patients with schizophrenia in all inhabited continents excluding South America.
If “fake news” is an epidemic, we see it no place more clearly than in the media relations offices of universities that promote their professors’ latest research results.
Health care professionals at provider organizations that had fully adopted electronic health records (EHRs) were more likely to screen for depression when compared with health care professionals who used paper charts.
Pregnant women having lower levels of an anti-anxiety hormone in their second trimester had an increased chance of developing postpartum depression, a study has shown. Read more.
More than 16 million U.S. adults report having a major episode of depression within the last year, according to figures from the National Institutes of Health. While a number of factors are at play when considering who’s at risk, a new field of study called nutritional psychiatry looks at how diet can impact mental health. Read more
New research shows the value of effectively managing depression among those undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery. Read more.
Antidepressants Don’t Just Treat Depression—Study Finds They Can Permanently Change Your Personality
If you consider antidepressants to be temporary mood-lifters, you may be surprised to learn that the pills—and also cognitive therapy, for that matter—can do a whole lot more than that. Read more.
Prescription drug combination involved in 30% of opioid fatalities among more than 300,000 users. Read more.
In 2006, Liss Murphy was in thrall to what she calls a “sepsis of the soul” — an intractable and debilitating depression. No conventional treatments had helped. So when she heard that doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, had developed an experimental cure for severe depression that involved permanently implanting electrodes in the brain, she didn’t Read more
While there has been little academic study of the rate of mental health issues within Asian communities in the UK, mental health advocacy group Time to Change has published a report explaining some of the reasons why the topic carries such stigma. Read more.
Much like a clock on the wall, our cells have their own 24-hour timeline. When they’re in sync, our body clock may act as a protective barrier against mental and physical illnesses. But throw in some jet lag, a night shift or a bout of insomnia, and suddenly the clock’s hands are spinning out of Read more
Researchers examined data from previously published studies of mental health in 747 adults who were underweight preemies and 1,512 who were full-term infants in five different countries. They found that former preemies reported more avoidant behaviors and more so-called “internalizing” issues like depression, anxiety, withdrawal and loneliness than adults who were full term infants. Read Read more
Being bullied during childhood might have lifelong health effects related to chronic stress exposure, including an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes in adulthood, a study has showed. Read more.
A study has found structural differences in the cerebral cortex of patients with depression and that these differences normalize with appropriate medication.
A new study investigates the impact of depression on heart disease over a long period of time, and finds the psychological disorder to increase mortality risk.
Collectively, depression, anxiety and mood disorders have the greatest impact on Americans’ health of any condition, according to claims data from more than 40 million Blue Cross Blue Shield members.
Of the men and women completing a survey of mental health issues in rural Scotland, 67 percent reported suffering depression and 22 percent admitted to suicidal thoughts and feelings.
People seeking help for mental disorders are more likely to refuse or not complete the recommended treatment if it involves only psychotropic drugs, according to a review of research.
Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a controversial, cutting-edge brain chip technology that could one day treat everything from major depressive disorder to hand cramps?
Researchers at the University of Maryland found that college students experienced symptoms consistent with addiction when deprived of their smartphone for 24 hours.
Six years of violence and bloodshed have spawned a mental health crisis among Syria’s children whose impact will be felt for decades, international charity Save the Children said on Tuesday.
Adam Chekroud, a doctoral student in the Yale Department of Psychology and lead author of the latest study, said they used data to identify three groups — or clusters — of symptoms experienced by patients.
By 2013, one in five autistic youth were visiting the emergency department for a behavioral health concern, the researchers found.
Mental health conditions contribute to increased cancer care-related costs for breast and prostate cancer patients
A new analysis of data finds that mood and adjustment disorders such as anxiety and depression were strong predictors of the annual number of outpatient visits, hospital admissions, and number of days in the hospital for patients with breast and prostate cancer.