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 …

Michael Phelps Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles During the Pandemic

We first got to know swimmer Michael Phelps — the most decorated Olympian of all time — as an extraordinary athlete. But since retiring from the sport in 2016, he has used his platform to talk about mental health; specifically, what it’s like to live with depression and anxiety. Now, in the midst of the global coronavirus outbreak, Phelps is …

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 …

What Is PTSD? The Symptoms, Causes and Treatments You Need to Know About

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person has experienced a highly traumatic event. Though PTSD is most closely associated with combat veterans and participating in a war, there are several other situations that could result in PTSD, including experiencing or witnessing a crime, natural disaster, serious accident, mass shooting, assault, or terrorist …

What Is Depression? The Symptoms, Causes and Treatments You Need to Know About

Depression — also referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression — is a medical condition that impacts a person’s mental and physical health. It’s more than just “feeling sad,” though sadness is a common sign of depression. Clinical depression is also relatively common, affecting more than 16.1 million American adults, or approximately 6.7 percent of the population over …

What Is Bipolar Disorder? The Symptoms, Types, Causes and Treatments You Need to Know About

Bipolar disorder — previously known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression — is a mental illness marked by dramatic shifts in mood, energy levels, and concentration. Though most people experience highs and lows every day, those living with bipolar disorder go through periods of extreme elation and energy (known as mania), as well as intense bouts of depression that …

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Opens Up About Mental Health & Relationship Challenges During Pandemic

Life during the coronavirus outbreak and quarantine hasn’t been easy on anyone — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has previously opened up about living with depression. In a recent Instagram video, the professional-wrestler-turned-actor discussed his own mental health, as well as how the quarantine is impacting his relationship with his wife, Lauren Hashian. Specifically, he talked about how anxiety …