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 …

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 …

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 …

‘Tiger King’ Characters Finally Address Their Mental Health

This contains mild spoilers for “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” as well as the follow-up episode “The Tiger King & I.”  Being cooped up at home for the past few weeks thanks to the coronavirus outbreak means that some people have had more time than usual to fire up Netflix and get sucked into their latest true crime docuseries. …

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 …

Talk Therapy and Medication Are Equally Effective for Treating Depression, New Study Finds

If you’re one of the approximately 16 million Americans who live with depression, you may have tried talk therapy, medication, or a combination of both to treat the condition. While people have had success using both methods, is one more effective than the other in the long run? According to new research out of the University of Michigan, after five …

Is It Depression or a Bout of the Blues?

Everyone has bouts of the blues. The kind of body-wracking grief that follows a breakup or death is universally human. Smaller sadnesses are facts of life, too, whether it’s a romantic rejection, being passed over for a promotion at work or just general overwhelm at the amount of injustice in the world. But when does a regular blue mood become …