October 17, 2011 A new batch of papers from The Lancet finds that there's been some encouraging progress in figuring out how to help people with mental health issues in developing countries, but progress in actually getting help for people has been slow.
September 27, 2011 A Harvard School of Public Health study of more than 50,000 nurses suggests the more caffeine they drank, the less likely they were to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers are calling for more study on why this might be.
September 14, 2011 Many people don't want to tell their doctor that they have symptoms of depression. And they've got a variety of reasons: fear of antidepressants, fear of being sent to a psychiatrist and worries about the confidentiality of medical records.
August 4, 2011 More and more people are taking antidepressant medications. Most antidepressants aren't prescribed by psychiatrists, raising questions about whether people are prescribed drugs they don't need or are suffering without help.
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.