2020 PSA! Yes, Politics Can Make You Crazy (Literally)

Outlier Features launched last month with a simple question:  Is political engagement making us ill? Now, another study suggests the answer may be yes. A pair of researchers looked at health care claims from 900 people in Taiwan during election seasons, and found elections increased health care use and expense only during legally specified campaign periods by as much 19 …

Suicide Rates Climb in CDC Mortality Report

Suicide is among the top 10 causes of death in the United States, and the statistic, unfortunately, continued to climb in 2018. According to this month’s mortality report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide deaths rose 1.4 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. The CDC found 47,173 registered deaths in 2017 were intentional, and that number increased …

Ohio State Basketball Star DJ Carton Makes Decision to Take Mental Health Break From Team

D.J. Carton, one of Ohio State’s star basketball players, has announced he’s taking a break from the team to work on his mental health, and we’ve got to hand it to him, it’s a heroic decision. The freshman point guard, who was No. 6-ranked point guard in his class of 2018 college recruits, has quickly risen as a star player …

What Is ASMR and Can It Help With Anxiety and Insomnia?

ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, refers to the sweet tingling sensation over the scalp of the head that some people feel when hearing certain sounds like a slow turning newspaper, or a soft whisper, and the slumber-inducing calm that washes over them afterwards. The physical pleasure and relaxation it provides is so similar in nature to an …

‘Smart Pills’ Have Arrived – What Are They and How Do They Help Treat Mental Health Disorders?

It’s 2020, so you probably have a smart phone in your hand. In fact, you may be reading this article on one right now. And soon, you may be swallowing digital technology to read your health, too. Nicknamed “smart pills,” pharmaceutical companies have been busy developing drugs equipped with a digital ingestion tracking system, sending a message from the pill’s …

THIS Is the Biggest Factor ‘By Far’ Contributing to Mental Health Disorders

It’s no secret that childhood trauma can have a major impact on an adult’s mental health, but a new study suggests it is the single biggest factor. Authors of a paper published in the January issue of American Journal of Psychiatry reviewed a large body of literature investigating the effects of childhood maltreatment — including neglect and physical, emotional, and …

Selena Gomez Turns ‘Forever’ Mental Health Struggles Into ‘Fun’ on Comeback Record

“This is just what the doctor ordered / put a gold star on my disorder,” sings Selena Gomez at the start of “Fun,” one of the tracks off of her comeback record, after a four-year musical hiatus and a total break from her career in 2018 to face mental health issues. It’s clear in her new music, and an in-depth …

Kobe Bryant’s Legacy Also Includes Mental Health Advocacy: ‘It Is Not a Sign of Weakness’

Kobe Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and an excellent father to his children, including 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who tragically died Sunday in the same helicopter crash with seven other people. But in a 2018 interview, the NBA legend also makes it very clear he understood what it’s like to struggle with …