Set of test tubes

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.

Brain-Altering Science and the Search for a New Normal

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

Adults who were preemies may face more mental health risks

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

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