A new government reports shows that suicide rates in the U.S. have soared since 1999, with the most dramatic increases occurring among young white females and Native Americans. So why are Americans suddenly killing themselves in droves? It’s a major public health issue with no easy explanations.
While sitcoms are full of New Yorkers gabbing about therapy, the reality is that many people in the city suffer from mental health issues that go untreated. Health data gathered by city mental health workers shows that one group is overwhelmingly neglected: black New Yorkers.
The photos taken by Farm Security Administration photographers in the 1930s are some of the most iconic images in American history. We’re all familiar with some of the snapshots of craggy-faced farmers, but unseen photos in government archives tell a more complex story of a struggling country. Yale just released a…
That the internet is a miserable place is rarely still disputed. The New York Times ran an article about it in 2012—which suggests most of the rest of us had been aware of it since 2006. Depression itself has been a favorite topic of the internet for at least as long: crudely drawn comics with facile punchlines have…
A study of new parents out of Germany makes the claim that having a baby is more hazardous to mental well-being than divorce or the death of a partner.
What if you lived in a world where every kid got tested for potential depression when they were in elementary school? This video, from Binghamton University, describes new research on how we’d do it.
Getting pregnant changes a woman’s hormonal state: there’s a normal chemical interplay between mother and fetus. Hormones affect the brain, and their effects can differ in people. So if no one is surprised when a pregnant woman feels elated, why are they surprised when some pregnant women are clinically depressed?
One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. These drugs have been shown to work in some patients, but their design is based on a so-called “chemical imbalance” theory of depression that is incomplete, at best.
By now you've probably heard of SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. Each winter, some people become a little bit melancholy, perhaps owing to the decrease in daylight hours. But there's a second group of people who become sad in the summer. How does that work?
Get your Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind references ready, because scientists have just figured out a way to erase bad memories using—you guessed it—electroshock therapy. Get ready for on-demand forgetting. It's a real thing now.
Those damn dot-commers are still mucking up San Fran, parents are passing along their dangerous pedestrian ways to the next generation, a giant suitcase is an eyesore in Red Square, and—sigh—we're all so lonely. These things and more are What's Ruining Our Cities.
Ain't no problem that can't be solved by an app. At least, that's what it seems like the folks at EI Technologies are out to prove. Their app "Xpression" aims to help treat depression by listening to a user's voice, cataloging his or her moods, and alerting a doctor of any dangerous dips. All automatically.
Stress breeds depression. Anecdotally, we all know that's the case, but scientifically speaking it's been a hypothesis that has until now remained unproven. A new study, however, reveals that chronic stress affects us at the genetic level, in turn creating very real brain changes associated with depression.
The internet is different things to different people: a social hub, gigantic reference library or, for some, a place to seek solace. In fact, research shows that the way depressed individuals use the internet is dramatically different to the norm—and the findings could help diagnose depression earlier.
Even though your morning jog may give you a brief high, don't assume that working out can make you happy in the long-term. A new study suggests that however much exercise you do, it won't help reduce the symptoms of depression.
A study forthcoming in IEEE Technology and Society Magazine offers new insight on how certain behavioral patterns can be indicative of depression, with particular attention given to the ways we use the internet.
Maybe the reason that the Afghan counterinsurgency has been such a flop is that the people there are too traumatized and depressed to make nation-building work.
You know what they say: give a mouse a Zoloft and he'll ask for a Prozac. Give a mouse a Prozac and he'll ask for a Lexapro. But how do researchers determine if the anti-depressent they're developing is actually effective before giving it to people?
We all have friends that post ambiguous, leading or confessional posts on Facebook. Often, they're plain irritating—but could they be used to spot mental health problems ahead of trained clinicians?