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Study Identifies Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression

Survey of more than 1.1 million new mothers helps researchers identify risk factors for postpartum depression.

Ketamine Helps Quickly Reduce Depression Symptoms and Suicidal Thoughts, Study Finds

A new meta-analysis finds strong evidence that ketamine can help reduce depression symptoms in 1 - 4 hours.

1 in 3 College Freshman Develop Anxiety/Depression, Study Finds

About one-third of college freshmen have or will develop anxiety and/or depression, researchers say, but being involved in university life appears to lower the risk and help with recovery.

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Eases Most Cases of Severe Depression: New Study

Nearly 80% of patients with severe depression achieved remission after being treated with a new type of brain stimulation, researchers say.

'Laughing Gas' Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Treat Depression

A single treatment using low-dose nitrous oxide rapidly relieves symptoms of severe depression, researchers say.

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16 May
Various Mental Illnesses Share Same Genes: Study

Various Mental Illnesses Share Same Genes: Study

Many people who get a diagnosis for one mental illness may find they have additional psychiatric conditions, and new genetic research offers an explanation why.

A number of mental illnesses share genetic similarities, researchers found. This discovery helps explain why m...

13 May
Nurses Key to Spotting Postpartum Depression in New Moms

Nurses Key to Spotting Postpartum Depression in New Moms

Nurses can be trained to detect postpartum depression in new mothers and could be crucial in spotting the condition early, researchers report.

Postpartum d...

12 May
Depression, Anxiety Hit Minorities Hardest During Pandemic

Depression, Anxiety Hit Minorities Hardest During Pandemic

Americans' rates of depression and anxiety spiked during the first year of the pandemic, but the increases were much more pronounced among Black, Hispanic and Asian people than among white people, new research shows.

From April 2020 to April 2021, the overall incidence o...

11 May
Week Off Social Media Boosts Mental Health: Study

Week Off Social Media Boosts Mental Health: Study

It's no secret that too much social media can be bad for one's mental health. Now, research suggests that taking even a brief break from TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can ease symptoms of dep...

09 May
It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

Mental health has become a hot topic during the pandemic, but some groups have been burdened by having too few services available even before the challenges of these past two years.

A new study found that while the Hispanic population in the United States grew by almost ...

28 Apr
Race, Income Can Be Roadblocks to Recovery From Depression

Race, Income Can Be Roadblocks to Recovery From Depression

If you're battling depression, the success of your treatment might be affected by your race, income, job status and education, a new study says.

"If you're going home to a wealthy neighborhood with highly educated parents or spouse, then you're arguably in a much better ...

27 Apr
Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

Witnessing violence between your parents is traumatic when it happens, but a new study finds that trauma can raise your risk of depression and other mental health problems.

The study inc...

26 Apr
Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

Having trouble getting your shut-eye during the COVID-19 pandemic?

You may be at increased risk for anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles.

That's the key takeaway from

20 Apr
When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

When people have legal access to marijuana, they're less likely to take certain prescription drugs, new research suggests.

U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal have seen large drops in the use of prescription drugs for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psych...

18 Apr
Brain Scans Spot When Psychosis, Depression Might Worsen

Brain Scans Spot When Psychosis, Depression Might Worsen

The future of diagnosing and targeting treatments for serious mental health disorders may include MRI brain scans.

Researchers in the United Kingdom found that brain scans enabled them to identify which patients with major

13 Apr
Exercise Is Powerful Medicine for Depression

Exercise Is Powerful Medicine for Depression

By now, most people have heard that exercise is good for their health.

A new review suggests it can it also make a difference in major depressive disorder.

Researchers...

12 Apr
How the 'Magic Mushroom' Drug May Tweak the Brain to Ease Depression

How the 'Magic Mushroom' Drug May Tweak the Brain to Ease Depression

Psilocybin — the active component in "magic mushrooms" — may help rewire the brains of people with depression.

Psychedelics including psilocybin have shown promise in treating many mental health disorders in recent years, and a

05 Apr
Gun Violence Wreaks Havoc on Lives of Survivors, Their Families

Gun Violence Wreaks Havoc on Lives of Survivors, Their Families

Gun violence can cause significant, long-lasting mental harm to survivors and their families, according to a new study.

In the year after their injury, survivors are at increased risk for pain, mental health and substance use disorders. Their family members also have hig...

04 Apr
Parents' Expectations Driving College Kids to Dangerous Perfectionism: Study

Parents' Expectations Driving College Kids to Dangerous Perfectionism: Study

Kids today feel more pressured by their parents' high expectations, and that may be feeding a rise in

31 Mar
Many U.S. High School Kids Report Sadness, Stress, Abuse During Pandemic

Many U.S. High School Kids Report Sadness, Stress, Abuse During Pandemic

If there's any doubt that America's teens have suffered mightily during the pandemic, a new government survey offers fresh proof of the pain restrictions from the coronavirus has inflicted on this vulnerable group.

Many high schoolers have experienced physical and emotio...

29 Mar
Does Social Media Harm Kids? It Might Depend on Their Age

Does Social Media Harm Kids? It Might Depend on Their Age

Your child's risk of harm from social media is higher at certain ages and it's different for girls and boys, researchers report.

To figure out how social media use affected "life satisfaction" among 10- to 21-year-olds, the investigators analyzed long-term data on 17,400...

29 Mar
Depression Raises Stroke Risk for Heart Attack Survivors

Depression Raises Stroke Risk for Heart Attack Survivors

Heart attack survivors with depression have an increased risk of stroke, and more research is needed to find out why, according to the authors of a new study.

"There could be a multitude of

25 Mar
'Magic Mushroom' Therapy: Does It Interact With Other Medicines?

'Magic Mushroom' Therapy: Does It Interact With Other Medicines?

Psilocybin, the psychedelic substance in "magic" mushrooms, is generating lots of interest as a potential treatment for a host of mental ills, but new research warns there is little data on how it might interact with more traditional psychiatric medications.

"There's a m...

21 Mar
Would Your Teen Admit a Mental Health Issue? Poll Finds Roadblocks to Getting Help

Would Your Teen Admit a Mental Health Issue? Poll Finds Roadblocks to Getting Help

Would you know if your teen was struggling with mental health issues?

Most parents say yes, but many also doubt their teen would tell them something was wrong, a new poll shows.

Specifically, nearly 95% of the parents surveyed said they were somewhat or very confi...

18 Mar
Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

Using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety or depression may quickly lead to dependence, without relieving symptoms, a new study suggests.

Those most at risk for misusing medical ma...

17 Mar
Postpartum Depression Rates Have Tripled for New Moms During Pandemic

Postpartum Depression Rates Have Tripled for New Moms During Pandemic

Rates of postpartum depression among American mothers rose nearly three-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with large increases in major depression and thoughts of self-harm, according to a new study.

15 Mar
Mental Issues Can Linger More Than a Year After Severe COVID

Mental Issues Can Linger More Than a Year After Severe COVID

People who have severe COVID-19 are at higher risk for depression and other mental woes that can last more than a year, a large study suggests.

Researchers repor...

15 Mar
Suicide Rate Is Spiking Upwards in Preadolescent Children

Suicide Rate Is Spiking Upwards in Preadolescent Children

In the past two decades, a growing number of preteens have taken medicines or other chemicals as a way to end their lives, new research warns.

The mental health of children has become a big talking point in light of the pandemic, but the study data showed the problem has...

15 Mar
Suicides Involving Guns Have Key Differences, Study Shows

Suicides Involving Guns Have Key Differences, Study Shows

People who die by suicide with a gun are challenging to assist beforehand, and different from those who kill themselves using other means, a new study finds.

"Those who died using a firearm were more likely to have disclosed their suicidal thoughts to other people in the...

15 Mar
Could Air Pollution Help Trigger Depression in Teens?

Could Air Pollution Help Trigger Depression in Teens?

Even "safe" levels of ozone air pollution may increase adolescents' risk of depression, a new study sho...

14 Mar
Some Teens Are Overdosing With Meds Prescribed for ADHD, Anxiety

Some Teens Are Overdosing With Meds Prescribed for ADHD, Anxiety

Taken correctly, prescription drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help teens and young adults navigate their condition, but a new study finds many a...

14 Mar
Could Depression Make Dry Eye Worse?

Could Depression Make Dry Eye Worse?

When people have both chronic dry eye and depression, their eye symptoms may be worse, a new study finds.

Researchers said the exact nature of the link is not clear: Does depression affect the severity of

09 Mar
Odds for Mental Illness Rise in Kids After Concussion

Odds for Mental Illness Rise in Kids After Concussion

Kids who've suffered a concussion are at heightened risk of mental health issues in the aftermath, a large new study suggests.

The researchers found that compared with their peers, children and teenagers with a past concussion were 39% more likely to be diagnosed with a ...

07 Mar
Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

Health and fitness apps are growing in popularity, but not among the people who might benefit most from them seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

Nearly two out of three American adults are living with a chronic health problem like heart diseas...

07 Mar
Antidepressants Often Ineffective for Depression in Pregnancy

Antidepressants Often Ineffective for Depression in Pregnancy

Antidepressants don't always help ease depression and anxiety in pregnant women and new moms, according to a new study.

"This is the first longitudinal data to show that many pregnant women report depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum, despite t...

04 Mar
Biden Plan Will Tackle Mental Health Crisis in America

Biden Plan Will Tackle Mental Health Crisis in America

President Joe Biden has announced a new plan to expand mental health and drug abuse treatment that would devote millions to suicide prevention, mental health services for youth and community clinics providing 24/7 crisis care.

Health insurers would also have to cover thr...

02 Mar
Could the Keto Diet Help People With MS?

Could the Keto Diet Help People With MS?

The Keto diet is a low-carb lover's dream, but a new study suggests the popular eating plan may also improve some symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

28 Feb
Which New Moms Are at Highest Risk for Postpartum Depression?

Which New Moms Are at Highest Risk for Postpartum Depression?

First-time moms and new mothers of twins may be among those at greatest risk of postpartum depression symptoms, a large new study suggests.

Postpartum depression is a common illness. In the United States alone, about one in eight women report depression symptoms soon aft...

28 Feb
Racism in Youth Leaves Black Women With  Lasting Risk of Depression

Racism in Youth Leaves Black Women With  Lasting Risk of Depression

Black women who often encountered racism before age 20 have an increased risk of depression, new research shows.

Of the 1,600 Black women in Detroit, aged 25 to 35, who took part in th...

23 Feb
Microdosing LSD: Can It Help or Harm Mental Health?

Microdosing LSD: Can It Help or Harm Mental Health?

Microdosing has become trendy in the era of drug legalization, with TV shows like "Nine Perfect Strangers" promoting the potential positives of regularly taking tiny amounts of psychedelics.

But a new study finds that short-term microdosing of one hippy-era psychedelic, ...

17 Feb
Mental Health Woes Can Rise in Year After COVID Recovery

Mental Health Woes Can Rise in Year After COVID Recovery

COVID-19 can take a heavy toll on the body, but new research shows that patients are also 60% more likely to suffer lingering mental and emotional woes in the year following their infection.

These problems included anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, opioid use disor...

14 Feb
Breakup, Then Breakdown: Men Can Crumble Mentally When Romance Ends

Breakup, Then Breakdown: Men Can Crumble Mentally When Romance Ends

There's some bad news for lovelorn men this Valentine's Day.

A new study has found that men are at an increased risk of mental illness after the breakdown of any romantic relationship. And, it found, stereotypes of masculinity may be partially to blame.

Researche...

14 Feb
Big Spike in Alcoholic Liver Disease Early in Pandemic

Big Spike in Alcoholic Liver Disease Early in Pandemic

The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic brought a big jump in hospitalizations for life-threatening alcoholic hepatitis at a Detroit health system, new research shows.

Alcoholic hepatitis is a

11 Feb
When Psychiatric Care Is Far Away, Telehealth Fills the Gap

When Psychiatric Care Is Far Away, Telehealth Fills the Gap

Telehealth took off during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a new study shows even people with serious mental health conditions can benefit from online appointments.

The findings are good news for rural folks who live miles away from psychiatrists and psychologists.

"Thi...

11 Feb
Depression Levels High Among People With Spinal Cord Injuries

Depression Levels High Among People With Spinal Cord Injuries

Adults with spinal cord injuries have a high risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues -- and chronic pain is a major factor, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed private insurance claims from more than 9,000 U.S. adults with a traumatic s...

09 Feb
Midwinter Blues Could Be SAD: An Expert Guide to Treatments

Midwinter Blues Could Be SAD: An Expert Guide to Treatments

Though the days are getting noticeably longer, if you're feeling down this winter, you might have a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

08 Feb
Pandemic Has Been Devastating to Mental Health of Disabled Americans

Pandemic Has Been Devastating to Mental Health of Disabled Americans

Loneliness, isolation and fears about contracting COVID-19 have turned life upside down for people with disabilities, causing high levels of depression and anxiety, a new survey finds.

Even before the pandemic, individuals with disabilities were more likely to experience...

07 Feb
Searching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and Wrong

Searching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and Wrong

Many Americans are working hard to get a good night's sleep, and feeling the effects when they miss the mark.

About 32% of people feel more tired these days than they did before the pandemic began, according to the results of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey. ...

07 Feb
Ketamine May Be Emergency Deterrent for People at Risk of Suicide

Ketamine May Be Emergency Deterrent for People at Risk of Suicide

A new clinical trial strengthens the case that ketamine -- once famous as a club drug -- can rapidly ease suicidal thoughts.

Researchers found that among 156 adults hospitalized for severe suicidal thoughts, those given two doses of ketamine often saw those disturbing id...

04 Feb
Pandemic Worsening Americans' Already Terrible Sleep, Poll Finds​

Pandemic Worsening Americans' Already Terrible Sleep, Poll Finds​

Many Americans are bone-weary following two straight years of pandemic stress, and a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows that sleeplessness is only part of the problem.

One-third of poll participants said they feel more tired now than they did before March 2020, the...

03 Feb
Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

Following a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer lasting neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

The ne...

02 Feb
Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

Drug Overdose Suicides Rising Among Young Americans and Seniors

Suicides by drug overdose have increased among teens, young adults and seniors, even as they declined for the overall population, U.S. federal researchers say.

Drug-related suicides declined for Americans in general during the latter part of the 2010s, researchers from t...

25 Jan
3 Factors Helped Teens Stay Mentally Healthy During Pandemic

3 Factors Helped Teens Stay Mentally Healthy During Pandemic

Support from family and friends, along with exercise and sufficient sleep, have helped protect teens' mental health during the pandemic, new research shows.

The study also found that teen girls have been more likely than boys to suffer mental distress during the pandemic...

24 Jan
Depression Might Predispose You to Believe COVID Vaccine Lies

Depression Might Predispose You to Believe COVID Vaccine Lies

Misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines abounds, and people with depression are more likely than others to fall for it, a new study finds.

"One of the notable things about

24 Jan
U.S. Teens Were Already in Mental Health Crisis Before Pandemic Hit

U.S. Teens Were Already in Mental Health Crisis Before Pandemic Hit

MONDAY, Jan. 24, 2022 (HealthDay Now) -- Alaina Stanisci has grappled with an eating disorder since she was 10, and the disruptions of the pandemic only made things worse for the high school senior.

"I actually experienced a relapse at the beginning of the pandemic becau...

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