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High Rates of Loneliness Seen Among Bisexual and Transgender People

Transgender and bisexual adults have rates of loneliness that are much higher than that of cisgender and heterosexual people, new data shows.

Federal health data on U.S. adults from 2022 finds the highest rates of self-reported loneliness among people who identify as bisexual (56.7%) or transgender (rates ranging from 56.4% to 63.9%), according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disea...

Depression Around Pregnancy Could Take Toll on Women's Hearts

Depression during or after a pregnancy could be tied to a heightened risk for heart trouble in women decades later, new research warns.

This so-called "perinatal" depression was linked to a 36% higher odds of developing heart disease within the next 20 years, reported a Swedish team led by Dr. Emma Bränn, of the Karolinska Institute in Sto...

Surgeon General Calls for Warning Labels on Social Media Sites

The U.S. Surgeon General announced Monday that he will push for warning labels on all social media platforms, stating that they may harm teens' mental health.

"The mental health crisis among young people is an emergency -- and social media has emerged as an important contributor," Dr. Vivek Murthy wrote in an essay publi...

There May Be 6 Types of Depression, and Brain Scans Can Sort Them Out

Depression can be sorted into six distinct types using brain scans, a revelation that could improve treatment for many suffering the debilitating mood disorder.

Researchers analyzed brain scans to identify six different biological types of depression, bas...

New Form of Psychotherapy Might Help Ease Chronic Pain

A new form of psychotherapy appears to work even better at treating chronic pain in older adults than gold-standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a new study finds.

U.S. veterans who received emotional awareness and expression ...

Depression Could Take Toll on Memory With Age

Depression and memory declines may be closely linked in older people, new research suggests.

“Our study shows that the relationship between depression and poor memory cuts both ways, with depressive symptoms preceding memory decline and memory decline linked to subsequent depressive symptoms," said senior study author Dr. Dorina Ca...

1 in 6 Patients Who Quit Antidepressants Get 'Discontinuation Symptoms'

Roughly 1 in 6 people who stop taking an antidepressant will experience symptoms caused by discontinuing the drug, a new review finds.

However, only 1 in 35 will experience severe symptoms after dropping their medication, researchers report June 5 in The Lancet Psychiatry jou...

Suicidal Impulses May Peak During Restless Nights

The wee hours of the morning could be the most dangerous for someone on the brink of suicide or homicide, a new study shows.

There's a five-fold greater risk for suicide and an eight-fold greater risk for homicide between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. for those awake in the still of the night, resea...

Night Owls Could Be Upping Their Mental Health Risks

People who regularly stay up until the wee hours of the morning could be harming their mental health, a new study finds.

Regardless of whether people were morning larks or a night owls, they tended to have higher rates of mental and behavioral disorders if they stayed up late, researchers found.

The mental health risk associated with staying up late cropped up regardless of a perso...

Suicide Rates Among Cancer Patients Are Falling

Even as suicide rates have risen among Americans generally, one group appears to be bucking that trend: People diagnosed with cancer.

Experts are crediting improved access to counseling and other "psychosocial care" with easing the emotional toll of cancer and keeping more patients from making tragic decisions.

Nevertheless, cancer patients still face elevated risks for suicide, no...

Recent Release From Jail a Big Risk Factor for Suicide

Inmates released from jail have a ninefold increased risk of suicide within the following year, compared to people who've never been incarcerated, new research shows.

“Suicide prevention efforts should focus on people who have spent at least one night in jail in the past year,” concluded the team led by Ted Miller, a senior researc...

Economy, Election Spur Rising Anxiety Among Americans in 2024

A looming presidential election, continued economic struggles and the threat of gun violence have a rising number of Americans more anxious this year compared to last, a new poll finds.

The

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  • May 2, 2024
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  • More Evidence Supports Psilocybin's Antidepressant Powers

    The active chemical in magic mushrooms could prove to be a powerful antidepressant, a new review finds.

    Psilocybin outperformed a variety of “control” treatments in easing symptoms of depression, researchers reported May 1 in the BMJ.

    Those control groups received either placebo medications, the dietary supplement niacin (vitamin B), or microdoses of psychedelics.

    Years Prior to Menopause Are Danger Zone for Depression

    Women approaching menopause appear to be at higher risk of depression, a new review indicates.

    Women in the transition period prior to menopause are 40% more likely to experience depression than premenopausal women, according to pooled data from seven studies involving ...

    Staying Fit Boosts Kids' Mental Health

    The benefits of physical fitness for kids spill over into their mental health, new research shows.

    Getting plenty of exercise may guard against depressive symptoms, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study published April 29 in the journal J...

    Trying 'Magic Mushroom' Drug to Ease Depression? It Has Side Effects

    Many people with tough-to-treat depression may be trying psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, as an alternative to antidepressants.

    Thinking that it's a "natural" drug, folks might assume it comes without side effects.

    That assumption would be wrong.

    People in a new study who took p...

    Taking Psilocybin for Depression? Relationship With Therapist Is Key

    Many people dogged by depression are turning to the psilocybin found in "magic mushrooms" to ease the condition, and often reporting success.

    Now, new research suggests much of the credit for that success lies in the relationship between th...

    Most Homeless Americans Are Battling Mental Illness

    Two-thirds of homeless people are experiencing some form of mental health disorder, a large, new review of data on the subject.

    The analysis found that men who are homeless are more likely to be battling mental illness than women, although rates were high for both genders compared to the general population.

    There are signs that rates of mental illness may be on the rise among homele...

    A More Diverse Nature Brings Better Mental Health

    Want to feel happier?

    Live in or near a place with a rich diversity of nature, a new study says.

    Environments with plentiful natural features -- trees, birds, plants and rivers -- are associated with better mental well-being than the more spartan landscapes of suburbia, researchers found.

    Further, spending time in areas like this can provide benefits that last up to eight hour...

    'Feeling Like a Burden' Can Be Motivator for Suicide in Preteens

    Quiet preteens who feel they're a burden on others are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and behaviors, a new study reports.

    Criticism from parents or caregivers also increased the likelihood of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, researchers found.

    Preteen girls with these traits are at especially high risk, according to the study published recently in the

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  • April 15, 2024
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  • Exercise Could Help Your Heart by Calming the Brain: Study

    You know exercise is great for your cardiovascular health, but new research suggests that your brain has a lot to do with it.

    It's all about physical activity's ability to lower stress levels within the brain, explained a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.

    Bolstering that finding, their study found that exercise brought the greatest heart benefits to peop...

    Black and Native Americans Hit Hardest by 'Deaths of Despair'

    More middle-aged Black and Native Americans are now falling prey to “deaths of despair” than whites, a new study finds.

    These deaths -- from suicide, drug overdose and alcoholic liver disease -- initially had been more common among whites.

    But a new analysis has determined that deaths of despair have skyrocketed for Black and Native Americans over the past decade.

    The deat...

    Teens with Anxiety, Mood Disorders Less Likely to Get Driver's License

    Teenagers suffering from anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder are likely to have a tougher time getting their driver's license, a new study finds.

    Teens and young adults with these types of mood disorders are 30% less likely to obtain a driver's license than peers without a mood disorder...

    Suicide Rates Have Doubled in 20 Years Among U.S. College Athletes

    Suicides among U.S. college athletes have doubled over the past two years, according to data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Suicide is now the second most common cause of death for college athletes after accidents, results show.

    “Athletes are generally thought of as one of the healthiest populations in our society, yet the pressures of school, internal a...

    Too Often, Postpartum Depression Goes Untreated in Black, Hispanic Women

    Massive racial disparities exist in the treatment of pregnancy-related mood disorders in the United States, a new study shows.

    White women suffering from depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy are nearly twice as likely receive treatment as women of color are, ...

    Big Improvements Seen in Spotting, Treating Mental Health Issues Around Pregnancy

    Expecting or new mothers are much more likely these days to be diagnosed with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, new research shows.

    However, more women are also getting treated for these problems rather than roughing it out, researchers report in A...

    Steady Rise in U.S. Suicides Among Adolescents, Teens

    U.S. rates of suicide by all methods rose steadily for adolescents between 1999 and 2020, a new analysis shows.

    During those two decades, over 47,000 Americans between the ages 10 and 19 lost their lives to suicide, the report found, and there have been sharp increases year by year.

    Girls and minority adolescents have charted especially steep increases in suicides, said a team le...

    High Rate of Suicidal Thoughts Among Black Men in Rural America: Study

    Suicidal thoughts and contemplation of death haunt the minds of many rural Black men in the United States, a new study reports.

    One in three rural Black men said they had such dark thoughts within the past two weeks, University of Georgia researchers found.

    These thoughts are driven by childhood trauma, poverty and exposure to racism, all of which take a heavy toll on mental health ...

    6 in 10 Stroke Survivors Will Struggle With Depression Years Later

    Six out of every 10 stroke survivors wind up struggling with depression later in their lives, a new study says.

    That compares to the 22% depression rate of the general population, results show.

    Further, 9 of 10 stroke-related depression cases occur within five years of surviving a stroke, r...

    Knitting Helps Keep Troubled Minds From Unraveling, Study Finds

    Stressed out, anxious or desperately needing to recharge?

    Grab some knitting needles and a pretty ball of yarn -- Swedish research shows yarncraft improves mental health without medication.

    "Knitters have a creative leisure interest that can also help them cope with life and so improve their mental health," said first author

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  • March 21, 2024
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  • As Treatments Ease Anxiety, Heart Risks Also Decline

    People with heart disease can stay healthier if they address their emotional problems as well as their physical ailments, a new study says.

    Treating anxiety and depression reduced ER visits and hospitalizations among patients with heart disease, researchers ...

    U.S. Falls Out of Top 20 in 'World's Happiest Countries' List

    For the first time, the United States has fallen out of the top 20 spots on the annual world's happiest nations list.

    Americans are now No. 23, far behind the top five countries -- Finland (No. 1), Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Israel. 

    "The...

    Average Middle-Aged American Is Lonelier Than European Peers

    Middle-aged Americans are lonelier than ever, with new research showing they are even more isolated than some of their peers in Europe.

    That does not bode well for their health.

    "Loneliness is gaining attention globally as a public health issue because elevated loneliness increases one's risk for depression, compromised immunity, chronic illness and [premature death]," said study au...

    Depression May Be Tougher on Women's Hearts Than Men's

    Researchers are zeroing in on the reasons why women who battle depression may be more likely than men to develop heart disease.

    A study published March 12 in the journal JACC: Asia underscores the need to tailor prevention and management strategies according to sex-specific factors, researchers said.

    This "may help in the development of targeted prevention and treatment str...

    ADHD Meds Cut Odds for Early Death, Especially by Overdose

    People diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show a marked decline in their two-year risk for death once they start taking medication, new research shows.

    That was particularly true for deaths due to accidents and drug overdose.

    People taking ADHD drugs also showed no higher...

    Permissive Gun Laws Linked to Higher Suicide Rates

    When states let gun owners carry a firearm openly without a permit, death rates soar.

    Significantly more people died by firearms and suicides in states that have relaxed open carry laws, a nine-year study of death data from all 50 states shows. 

    "Our analysis suggests that because of the change in the law, which provides easier access to firearms, we saw an increased firearm su...

    Medical Costs for Kids' Mental Health Jumped 31% in 5 Years

    The cost to American families of caring for a child with a mental health condition rose by almost a third between 2017 and 2021, a new report finds, to an average $4,361 per year. 

    Overall, American families spent an estimated $31 billion in 2021 on child mental health services, which now make up nearly half (about 47%) of all child medical spending, the report found.

    The findi...

    Kids Battling Mental Health Issues Have Tougher Time Recovering From Concussion

    Kids struggling with mental health problems have a tougher time recovering from a concussion, a new study finds.

    These troubled kids tend to have more emotional symptoms after concussion and take longer to fully recover, results show.

    In ...

    Embryo Technology Might Lead to Children With Genes From Two Men

    New technology might soon allow men in same-sex relationships to have a child genetically related to both dads, researchers say.

    The technology uses skin cells from one person to alter the genetics of a donated egg, researchers reported March 8 in the journal Science Advances.

    That egg can then be fertilized b...

    Sport Coach's Style Can Boost a Player's Mental Health

    Athletes whose coaches are open, authentic and positive are more likely to have better mental health, a new study says.

    Athletes feel happier and deal with problems more easily if their coaches adopt an “authentic leadership” style, researchers report in the journal

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  • March 7, 2024
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  • Many Can't Access Mental Health Services that Save Money, Keep People Out of Jail

    When it comes to giving at-risk Americans access to the mental health services they need, prevention is far better than detention, new research confirms.

    However, a majority of the 950 U.S. counties surveyed in the report do not offer access to the types of mental health and substance use disorder services that can save communities money and prevent incarceration.

    "Most co...

    Some Women Escape the Mental Health Effects of Menopause: Study

    Menopause is thought to trigger mood changes among women, with changes in female hormone levels contributing to anxiety, depression and stress.

    However, a new study says some women are at more risk than others for menopause-linked mental health issues, and many escape them altogether.

    There's no evidence that menopause causes a universal rise in risk for mental health conditions lik...

    1 in 5 People Who Attempt Suicide Have No Prior Mental Illness

    One out of every five adults who attempt suicide never met the criteria for a mental illness by the time the attempt happened, new research shows.

    “This finding challenges clinical notions of who is at risk for suicidal behavior and raises questions about the safety of limiting suicide risk screening to psychiatric populations,” concluded a team led by

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  • February 27, 2024
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  • Firsthand Experience of Climate Change Disasters Is Stressing Teens

    Weather disasters driven by climate change are stressing out U.S. teenagers, a new study warns.

    Teens with the most firsthand experience of events like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, droughts and wildfires were more likely to show signs of mental distress than peers who hadn't been confronted with the effects of climate change, researchers report.

    “We know that climate change has ...

    Mental Health Issues a Prime Driver of Deaths for New Moms: Study

    Data from dozens of studies supports the notion that mental health crises are a big factor behind rising rates of maternal deaths during and around pregnancy in the United States.

    “We need to bring this to the attention of the public and policymakers to demand action to address the mental health crisis that is contributing to the demise of mothers in America," said

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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Grief Affects the Body, Not Just the Mind

    Of course grief can ravage your mind, but science shows it can also weaken your body, leaving you open to illness.

    “As humans, we are strongly motivated to seek out social bonds that are warm, dependable, friendly and supportive,” explained George Slavich. He directs the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Rese...

    Hormone Replacement Therapy Could Ease Depression Around Menopause

    Hormone replacement therapy might help women avoid depression as they go through menopause, a new study finds.

    Women treated with hormone therapy at a menopause clinic in Ontario, Canada, experienced a reduction in their symptoms of depression, researchers report Feb. 21 in the journal

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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Recognize the Signs of Burnout in Yourself and Others

    Burnout: It's a common enough concept, but how do you know if you're experiencing it at work and at home?

    According to experts at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, a myriad of daily pressures placed on individuals can culminate in burnout.

    “Burnout is not a result of one singular thing,” explained Dr. Eric Storch...

    Patients With Depression Face Highest Risk for Suicide in Days After Hospital Discharge

    People treated at psychiatric hospitals are at highest risk of committing suicide immediately after their discharge if they suffer from depression, a new study reports.

    Patients hospitalized for depression are hundreds of times more likely to commit suicide within the first three days of discharge, compared to the suicide rate of the general population, results show.

    “Although we ...

    Access to Opioids Could Be Boosting Suicide Rates

    Increased access to prescription opioids has driven up U.S. suicide rates by making it easier to women to end their lives, a new study claims.

    The study also blames a shrinking federal safety net during tough economic times for rising suicide rates.

    “We contend that the U.S. federal government's weak regulatory oversight of the pharmaceutical industry and tattered social safety ne...