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Why lumping transgender teens into a single group in mental health studies is missing an opportunity to help them

The disparities are staggering: A growing body of research suggests that transgender teens experience suicidal thoughts and attempt to take ...
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Second psychopharmacology revolution: New drugs could change the way we treat depression

The field of psychopharmacology was born during the 15 years between 1955 and 1970. Now, nearly 60 years later, the field of psychiatry may ...
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Does marijuana help with depression and anxiety? This study finds scant evidence to support growing claims

A major study has found little evidence that cannabis helps with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, despite growing ...
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‘If you get better, you stay better’: Deep brain stimulation could offer long-lasting depression treatment

Deep brain stimulation can durably improve depression symptoms in people who don’t respond well to other treatments, according to a ...
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Mental health apps are reading your texts—some of them are selling your data, raising privacy concerns

An app for monitoring people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is so precise it can track when a patient steps ...
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Long-term antidepressant use linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death

More Americans are taking antidepressant medications like Prozac and Zoloft for extended periods of time: One-quarter of people on the ...
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We can cure Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, glioblastoma in mice. Why not humans?

Lab mice endure a lot for science, but there’s often one (temporary) compensation: near-miraculous recovery from diseases that kill people ...
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Anger, aches and pains: Anxiety manifests differently in men

Anxiety problems can look different in men. When people think of anxiety, they may picture the excessive worry and avoidance ...
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‘Grave set of circumstances’: Investigating connection between autism and depression

[People with autism] are four times more likely than neurotypicals to experience depression over the course of their lives, although ...
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Seeking origins of schizophrenia, autism by putting ‘stress’ on mini-placenta, mini-brains

Biologist Jennifer Erwin of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, however, has no intention of babying her organoids: the world’s ...
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Acne’s Wonder Drug Is a Mental-Health Puzzle

In 2002, a family filed a lawsuit alleging that an acne drug made their teenage son suicidal. Accutane, a since-discontinued ...
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‘I’m not me’: Rare depersonalization disorder leaves patients feeling disconnected from their bodies

I would stare at my hands and think, “I’m not me.” No matter where I was, in the middle of ...
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Virtual reality could transform the way we treat anxiety disorders, chronic pain and Alzheimer’s

Experts used to worry that virtual reality (VR) would damage our brains. These days, however, VR seems more likely to ...
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Understanding how ketamine helps the brain deal with depression

The promise of ketamine, an anesthetic drug primarily used at sub-anesthetic doses to either manage severe pain or send recreational ...
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Can virtual reality treat depression symptoms through ‘pleasant scenarios’?

Michelle Craske is asking patients to dive into coral reefs, ride on bullet trains rushing past pine trees, and cheer ...
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Searching for genetic links to suicidal thoughts and behavior

New genetic research could help identify those most at risk of suicide ...
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This funny-looking helmet could treat depression by ‘rewiring’ the brain

[Recent] weeks have been frenetic for Bre Hushaw, who is now known to millions of people as the girl in ...
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PTSD and other psychological traumas may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

People coping with psychological trauma have a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a large-scale study finds. Researchers used national ...
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Ketamine for depression—what we know about how it changes the brain

The FDA's approval [of ketamine for depression] marks the first genuinely new type of psychiatric drug—for any condition—to be brought ...
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Why esketamine will force doctors to rethink office visits for depressed patients

The Food and Drug Administration approved esketamine (Spravato) for treatment-resistant depression to be administered under physician supervision. It’s a derivative of ...
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Treating OCD and other anxiety disorders with brief, intensive therapy

For nearly 20 years [Thomas] Ollendick has been testing briefer, more intensive forms of [cognitive-behavioral therapy] for childhood anxiety disorders ...
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How mass shootings and other traumas could impact mental health, suicide risk

Two teenagers who survived the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., took their own lives ...
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Can genetic testing pinpoint the right antidepressant, or is it just ‘a shot in the dark’?

For patients who weren’t responding well after trying one or two different antidepressants, [physician Jeremy Bruce] started sending samples of ...
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Podcast: How AI is boosting treatment of PTSD

Only about 10% of the individuals with mental health issues in the US are getting any sort of treatment that ...
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Why psychiatrists should stop ‘looking the other way’ when confronted with faked mental illness

The act of feigning illness for personal gain, or malingering, is far more widespread than the public might suspect ...
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Why masculinity is in turmoil

The American Psychological Association released new guidelines for men and boys last month. Critics went mad — and they missed the ...
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Autism or OCD? Why it can be challenging to tell the difference

At first glance, autism and OCD appear to have little in common. Yet clinicians and researchers have found an overlap ...
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Esketamine touted as ‘game changer’ for depression—but who gets to use it?

[Recently,] the Food and Drug Administration approved Johnson & Johnson’s Spravato, the nasal spray version of a ketamine-like sedative, for ...
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