The number of suicides in 2020 declined in comparison to 2019, despite an increase in some risk factors associated with suicidal behavior, including pandemic-related job loss, financial strain, and deteriorating mental health, according to new federal statistics. The number of…Read More
We are facing a rise in mental health problems 'caused by poor sleep'
We all know a poor night’s sleep can make you feel groggy in the morning, but the long-term impacts of frequently sleeping badly could be much more serious. Experts have warned of an upcoming rise in mental health problems caused by sleep issues, in the results of…Read More
Low Depression Scores May Miss Seniors With Suicidal Intent
Older adults may have a high degree of suicidal intent yet still have low scores on scales measuring psychiatric symptoms, such as depression, new research suggests. In a cross-sectional cohort study of more than 800 adults who presented with self-harm…Read More
Key Driver of Fish Oils Antidepressant Effects Revealed
A key molecular mechanism underpinning the anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and neuroprotective effects of omega-3 fatty acids has been identified. In findings that could lead to the development of new treatments for depression, the research provides the “first evidence” that hippocampal…Read More
Can a Routine Cancer Scan Flag Depression?
Whole-body imaging that is performed routinely in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma could offer the added benefit of flagging those with possible depression, “without extra dedicated brain images or increased radiation exposure or cost,” according to researchers at…Read More
No-cancel culture: How telehealth is making it easier to keep that therapy session
When the covid-19 pandemic forced behavioral health providers to stop seeing patients in person and instead hold therapy sessions remotely, the switch produced an unintended, positive consequence: Fewer patients skipped appointments. That had long been a problem in mental health…Read More
How Can Mental Health Services Be More Accessible for People of Color?
By now, we conversations about mental health are more frequent than ever. As our broader society considers issues of burnout, self-care and resources to help our brains and bodies, women of color are having a parallel but nuanced conversation about…Read More
Whitney Port Needs 'Me-Time' to Keep Anxiety & Depression at Bay
Practicing self-care is not easy for busy moms who have been taught to consider the act selfish. This is why Whitney Port’s recent Instagram post during Mental Health Awareness Month is important to help fellow moms view self-care as absolutely…Read More
Blood Tests Offer the Promise of Precision Psychiatry
A panel of blood-based biomarkers can distinguish between depression and bipolar disorder, predict a person’s future risk for these disorders, and inform more tailored medication choices, new research shows. Dr Alexander Niculescu “In terms of precision psychiatry ― objective assessment,…Read More
Supportive partners protect relationship quality in people with depression or stress
Having a responsive, supportive partner minimizes the negative impacts of an individual’s depression or external stress on their romantic relationship, according to research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst social psychologist. Paula Pietromonaco, professor emerita of psychological and brain sciences,…Read More