Racism Worsens Depression in Black Teens, Study Finds

Black teenagers surveyed in a new study experienced racial discrimination on an average of five times a day, and researchers saw their depression symptoms increase, too. Devin English, a psychologist at the Rutgers University School of Public Health, and his colleagues surveyed 101 black students between the ages of 13 to 17 in the Washington, D.C. area. They wondered the …

Calls to U.S. Mental Health Crisis Hotline Up 891% During Pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, many people are focused on identifying the symptoms of COVID-19 — and rightfully so. But in the process of doing so, we may overlook some of the crucial signs of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Whether or not we realize it, the isolation, financial insecurity and uncertainty of pandemic can take …

Are Anti-Inflammatory Drugs the Future of Depression Treatment?

“Inflammation” has been one of the most popular health buzzwords lately, and this has prompted a new wave of research on all the ways it can affect your mind and body, including its role in depression. If inflammation can cause depression, does that mean that anti-inflammatory medications can help treat it? That’s exactly what a new study out of the …

Artificial Intelligence May Soon Be Able to Determine If A Depression Med Will Work for You

One of the many frustrating parts about living with depression — and opting to try medication to treat the condition — is trying to find one that actually works for you. And because people with depression frequently also have other mental illnesses like generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder, finding the right meds is a tricky …

What Do the Colors in the Images You Post Say About Your Mental Health?

When we talk about social media and mental health, it’s usually in the context of how platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook can make us feel worse than we already do. But a new study out of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine took a look at a different aspect of this relationship: what the colors in the images …

How Ecstasy Transcended Its Stigma — And Became A Treatment for PTSD

In 2012, after Madonna asked concertgoers, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?”, the popular DJ Deadmau5 went on an online tirade, accusing the superstar of advocating illegal drug use to young music fans. This represents a snapshot in the evolution of MDMA (aka. 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine). Ecstasy, the previous street name for MDMA in pill form, had become an …

MDMA May Be Helpful in Treating PTSD

For those living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the frequent vivid flashbacks and nightmares can make everyday life a challenge. And while medications used to treat other mental illnesses may help with PTSD, that’s not the case for everyone, which is why new research from the University of British Columbia looking into whether MDMA — also known as a party …

Latest Coronavirus Study on Mental Health Reveals What’s Giving Americans the Most Anxiety

During the coronavirus global pandemic, only one thing is completely clear: there’s so much uncertainty about everything. From the science behind understanding the virus, to our medical resources and personnel being stretched incredibly thin, to the economic impact of the outbreak, there’s still a lot we don’t know — and that’s making us anxious. In fact, a recent study found …

How Kevin Love Is Handling His Coronavirus-Related Anxiety

For people living with anxiety — like NBA player Kevin Love — spending weeks in quarantine thanks to the coronavirus outbreak has been a major challenge. As one of the 40 million American adults who live with some form of anxiety, Love is once again speaking out about the importance of destigmatizing mental health. Fortunately, as the Cleveland Cavalier told …