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 …

Is Smoking Weed Reducing or Increasing My Social Anxiety?

I can rationalize smoking marijuana in many ways. It helps with writer’s block, boosts my libido, settles my stomach, and helps curb my boozing. But there is only one way I can justify smoking it before, say, walking into my 3-year-old’s playdate or ballet class: Weed helps with my (self-diagnosed) social anxiety disorder—or so I tell myself. There are other …

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 …

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Having a Major Impact On Americans’ Mental Health, Survey Says

The coronavirus outbreak has completely changed most of our lives. We’ve been instructed to stay home at all times, isolated in our houses and apartments, listening to blaring sirens driving by 24 hours a day. It will be quite some time before we know the long-term effects of the pandemic on our mental health, but thanks to a new survey …

How the Coronavirus Outbreak is Changing Our Approach to Mental Health Care

Several weeks into the coronavirus outbreak and practicing social distancing, most of us have experienced some major shifts in our lifestyle. Many people are working from home (if they’re lucky enough to still have a job), socializing is now done exclusively online, and what were once simple tasks like going grocery shopping are now complicated, potentially dangerous missions. We’re also …