Understanding the role of cortisol in suicide risk may lead to new treatments.
Do not be derailed by news reports that exercise is bad for the heart. Taking more exercise is a New Year’s resolution to stick to. Exercise reduces risks of depression, cancers, heart disease, stroke and sudden death.
Taking more exercise is a New Year's resolution to stick to. Exercise reduces risks of depression, cancers, heart disease, stroke and sudden death.
Christmas can be a particularly hard time of year, and dogs are a vital support for many of the most vulnerable in our society.
James Stewart and Donna Reed in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’
Just as facts are stubborn, myths in the era of social media are also
proving to be as well. And, that can be harmful, particularly when it
comes to the media reporting on holiday suicides. Here's why.
The experimental technique of ‘deep brain stimulation’ has improved the lives of patients with treatment-resistant depression, despite the ‘failure’ of a large clinical trial.
For some patients, drilling a hole in the skull and inserting an electrode into the 'sadness centre' of the brain offers relief from debilitating and otherwise treatment-resistant depression.
Studies have found scrolling through Instagram is linked with increased depression.
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We often hear reports of the effect of social media on teens' mental health. So what does the science say about it?
The largest differences in early death between those with and without mental disorders were for respiratory diseases and alcohol misuse.
Despite efforts to address the issue, the life expectancy gap between those with and without mental illness has remained consistent over two decades. However the causes of death have changed.
A new analysis shows that coffee is associated with a host of positive health effects.
According to a new analysis, the number of US teens who felt "useless" and "joyless" grew 33 percent between 2010 and 2015, and there was a 23 percent increase in suicide attempts.
For veterans going back to school, student life can involve many stresses.
US Department of Education
Since 2009, nearly one million veterans have benefited from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which helps them pay for tuition and other expenses. A scholar explains how it's a hard transition.
Does living at a higher altitude affect your mental health?
Several studies suggest that suicide rates in the US vary along geographic patterns.
Parenting programs and home visiting programs can offer vital support to mothers struggling with mental illness, substance use, and other challenges. Research shows that avoiding foster care is better for the health of mother and child.
New research shows that having a child in foster care is often harmful to a mother's mental and physical health.
A pair of identical twins. The one on the right has OCD, while the one on the left does not.
Brain Imaging Research Division, Wayne State University School of Medicine
It can be very hard for people to accept that they – or their family member – are not to blame for their mental illness. Seeing the evidence in a scan can make a difference.
People who unexpectedly lose a loved should be identified early enough and appropriately counselled.
Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters.
The unexpected death of a loved one is a traumatic experience. It's important to identify high risk individuals to provide counselling and social support.
The statue of Marcus Aurelius Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.
On World Mental Health Day, a philosopher explains how to learn from the stoicism of Roman philosophers.
Women in Africa who suffer from postnatal depression often go undiagnosed and untreated.
Reuters/ Finbarr O’Reilly
Initiatives to help women suffering postnatal depression are needed and should be encouraged and integrated as part of routine antenatal and postnatal care.
Working-class men have a reputation for repressing their emotions but a new study suggests that might be changing.
Depression doesn’t lead to heart disease, as some people suggest, but it’s a sign that you might be at risk of it.
If you're 45 or older and have depression, new research suggests you may need to ask for a heart check when you next see your doctor.
Research shows that night waking in infancy is associated with behavioural control challenges at three and four years of age.
Poor sleep in infants and children has been linked to an array of problems, from aggression to poor school performance to diabetes, obesity and suicide. Our expert reviews the science.
People who attempt suicide can access medical care at their clinics but psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers are not part of the primary health care setting.