July 7, 2011 In a reversal, the administration has decided to send condolence letters to families of service members who commit suicide while deployed. President Obama said he made the decision after an exhaustive study of former policy.
July 2, 2011 A prominent child psychiatrist and two colleagues were disciplined for failing to properly disclose drug industry payments they received. Their work benefited the makers of antipsychotic drugs.
May 11, 2011 It takes, on average, more than four years for veterans to get a disability claim processed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Each day, an average of 18 veterans commit suicide.
May 11, 2011 About 14 percent of elderly nursing homes residents receive a so-called atypical antipsychotic medicine despite an increased risk of death when the medicines are used to manage dementia in older people.
April 25, 2011 Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs make SSRI antidepressants less effective, which may help account for the fact that the widely used antidepressants don't help many people.
April 21, 2011 Antidepressants leave many people struggling to fall asleep in the middle of the night. Insomnia, decreased concentration, and other symptoms that can make life miserable taking the medicines.
April 19, 2011 The goal of the new definitions is to help recognize the early stages of the disease. While the new criteria will likely be valuable to researchers, it won't change how the vast majority of people are diagnosed or the very limited treatment choices.
April 6, 2011 Changes to a single protein involved in making brain cells and then pushing them where they belong may help explain one way schizophrenia is triggered.
April 6, 2011 Teenagers are more likely to be depressed if they spend a lot of time listening to music, while teens who read a lot are less depressed, according to new research.
March 22, 2011 KHNHalf a dozen states are considering changes in laws that would allow psychologists to prescribe medicines to treat mental illness. Shortages of psychiatrists in some areas and psychologists' success in New Mexico have given the approach traction, despite the objections of medical doctors.
March 14, 2011 Fathers who are depressed are far more likely to spank their 1-year-olds than dads who aren't. Thirteen percent of dads who weren't depressed reported spanking their kids. Among the depressed dads, however, 41 percent had given a spanking.
February 9, 2011 Australian researchers found that marijuana users who developed psychosis were 2.7 years younger than nonusers who became psychotic. Other sort of substance abuse sped up psychosis by two years, but alcohol alone showed no effect.
June 11, 2010 Military Mental Health Probe Widens After NPR-ProPublica Report