Mental Health

Stigma as a Barrier to Mental Health Care

Despite the availability of effective evidence-based treatment, about 40% of individuals with serious mental illness do not receive care and many who begin an intervention fail to complete it. More

  • Researchers share how their work is advancing the understanding and treatment of conditions like postpartum depression, OCD, and bipolar disorder. More

    Video: 5 Flash Talks on Mental Health

    Researchers share how their work is advancing the understanding and treatment of conditions like postpartum depression, OCD, and bipolar disorder. More

  • When a person receiving care has dementia, the caregiver is much more likely to experience depression or anxiety, especially if they have high levels of emotional empathy. More

    When Caregivers Care Too Much: Emotional Empathy as a Mental Health Risk Factor

    When a person receiving care has dementia, the caregiver is much more likely to experience depression or anxiety, especially if they have high levels of emotional empathy. More

  • The feelings of work related exhaustion associated with "burnout" could be a form of depression. More

    Is Burnout Depression by Another Name?

    The feelings of work related exhaustion associated with "burnout" could be a form of depression. More

  • A new study in Clinical Psychological Science suggests that there has been little to no increase in the association between adolescents’ technology engagement and mental health problems. More

    Little to No Increase in Association Between Adolescents’ Mental Health Problems and Digital Technology Engagement, Study Says

    A new study in Clinical Psychological Science suggests that there has been little to no increase in the association between adolescents’ technology engagement and mental health problems. More

  • Unwanted memories can intrude on our thoughts from time to time, but new research suggests that a lack of sleep can greatly impair our ability to suppress these unpleasant and unwanted thoughts. Researcher Scott Cairney from the University of York in the UK helps us understand the role of sleep More

    Losing Control: How Lack of Sleep Allows Unpleasant Thoughts to Intrude

    Unwanted memories can intrude on our thoughts from time to time, but new research suggests that a lack of sleep can greatly impair our ability to suppress these unpleasant and unwanted thoughts. Researcher Scott Cairney from the University of York in the UK helps us understand the role of sleep More

  • Cell phones and social media can help teens cope with stressful events—as long as they strike the right balance between spending time online and pursuing other coping activities. More

    Stressed Teens Benefit from Coping Online, but a Little Goes a Long Way

    Cell phones and social media can help teens cope with stressful events—as long as they strike the right balance between spending time online and pursuing other coping activities. More

  • Launched in 2009, the RDoC framework integrates many levels of information spanning the full range of human behavior to better understand the nature of mental health and illness. More

    RDoC at 10: Sharpening the Science of Mental Health Disorders

    Launched in 2009, the RDoC framework integrates many levels of information spanning the full range of human behavior to better understand the nature of mental health and illness. More

  • We may think of depression as a recurring condition with a gloomy prognosis, but findings from one study indicate that nearly 10% of adults in the United States with major depression were thriving ten years later. The findings suggest that some people with depression experience more than a reduction in depressive symptoms over time – they can achieve optimal psychological well-being. More

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    Some People Can Thrive After Depression, Study Finds

    We may think of depression as a recurring condition with a gloomy prognosis, but findings from one study indicate that nearly 10% of adults in the United States with major depression were thriving ten years later. The findings suggest that some people with depression experience more than a reduction in depressive symptoms over time – they can achieve optimal psychological well-being. More

  • A systematic review doesn't disprove the myth linking creativity and mood disorders but it shows there's little evidence for it. More

    No Clear Link Between Creativity and Mood Disorders

    A systematic review doesn't disprove the myth linking creativity and mood disorders but it shows there's little evidence for it. More

  • Social interaction is considered to be such an important contributor to physical and mental well-being that individuals who show relatively low drive for and pleasure from interacting with others are sometimes given a clinical diagnosis of “social anhedonia.” Social anhedonia cannot be explained by social anxiety or exclusion; rather, socially More

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    Why Some People Get Little Pleasure From Social Interaction

    Social interaction is considered to be such an important contributor to physical and mental well-being that individuals who show relatively low drive for and pleasure from interacting with others are sometimes given a clinical diagnosis of “social anhedonia.” Social anhedonia cannot be explained by social anxiety or exclusion; rather, socially More

  • Read about effective, science-backed interventions for mood disorders and other mental illnesses. More

    Mental Illness Treatment and Prevention

    Read about effective, science-backed interventions for mood disorders and other mental illnesses. More

  • Violent individuals are often assumed to suffer from a long history of mental illness that compels them to act destructively, but a psychological study suggests that the link between psychosis and aggressive acts is weak. More

    Psychosis and Violence Aren’t Strongly Linked

    Violent individuals are often assumed to suffer from a long history of mental illness that compels them to act destructively, but a psychological study suggests that the link between psychosis and aggressive acts is weak. More

  • Using eye-tracking technology, researchers have found that women with a history of depression tend to spend more time looking at the angry faces compared to women with no history of depression. More

    Attention to Angry Faces May Predict Future Depression

    Using eye-tracking technology, researchers have found that women with a history of depression tend to spend more time looking at the angry faces compared to women with no history of depression. More

  • Bipolar disorder, like most psychiatric disorders, is characterized by the frequency and severity of its symptoms. Many people may exhibit characteristics of the disorder without meeting the criteria for a diagnosis, meaning they may be more likely to develop the disorder at some point. Now, a study conducted by Ben More

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    Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Circadian Rhythm

    Bipolar disorder, like most psychiatric disorders, is characterized by the frequency and severity of its symptoms. Many people may exhibit characteristics of the disorder without meeting the criteria for a diagnosis, meaning they may be more likely to develop the disorder at some point. Now, a study conducted by Ben More

  • Individuals with schizophrenia may have some memory problemst, but they are still able to accurately and reliably assess their own personality traits, clinical research shows. More

    Understanding the Self With Schizophrenia

    Individuals with schizophrenia may have some memory problemst, but they are still able to accurately and reliably assess their own personality traits, clinical research shows. More

  • A unique longitudinal investigation of Major Depressive Disorder tracks the illness across four critical periods in life, providing new insights into how depression emerges and develops over time. More

    Research Explores Markers of Depression From Childhood to Adulthood

    A unique longitudinal investigation of Major Depressive Disorder tracks the illness across four critical periods in life, providing new insights into how depression emerges and develops over time. More

  • Many people suffering from depression are not seeking treatment, but researchers have identified a possible communication technique that could spur help-seeking. More

    Mistargeted Messages Could Spur Help-Seeking for Depression

    Many people suffering from depression are not seeking treatment, but researchers have identified a possible communication technique that could spur help-seeking. More

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