Workaholics May Have Underlying Psychiatric Problems

There’s a fine balance between working to live and living to work. For many people, work is more than just something we do to pay our bills. It can become a calling, a means of fulfillment. But there’s a difference between being dedicated to your job and being a workaholic. New research published in theContinue reading “Workaholics May Have Underlying Psychiatric Problems”

New study may explain gene’s role in major psychiatric disorders

A new study shows the death of newborn brain cells may be linked to a genetic risk factor for five major psychiatric diseases, and at the same time shows a compound currently being developed for use in humans may have therapeutic value for these diseases by preventing the cells from dying. In 2013, the largestContinue reading “New study may explain gene’s role in major psychiatric disorders”

Meditating in a tiny Iowa town to help recovery from war

By Supriya Venkatesan At 19, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq. I spent 15 months there — eight at the U.S. Embassy, where I supported the communications for top generals. I understand that decisions at that level are complex and layered, but for me, as an observer, some of thoseContinue reading “Meditating in a tiny Iowa town to help recovery from war”

Why do older white men have higher risk of suicide?

Older men of European descent (white men) have significantly higher suicide rates than any other demographic group in the United States, including older women across ethnicities and older men of African, Latino, or Indigenous decent, according to research published in Men and Masculinities. In her latest addition to suicide research, Silvia Sara Canetto, PhD, professorContinue reading “Why do older white men have higher risk of suicide?”

CPAP therapy demonstrated to reduce depression in adults with obstructive sleep apnea

A new study shows that depressive symptoms are extremely common in people who have obstructive sleep apnea, and these symptoms improve significantly when sleep apnea is treated with continuous positive airway pressure therapy. Results show that nearly 73 percent of sleep apnea patients (213 of 293 patients) had clinically significant depressive symptoms at baseline, withContinue reading “CPAP therapy demonstrated to reduce depression in adults with obstructive sleep apnea”

Meet the Man Trying to Use Ayahuasca to Treat PTSD

Deep in the Amazon rainforest, a group of veterans chokes down a gritty, gut-wrenching shot of liquid absolution. They try to drink away their severe mental disturbances, but not the way you drink away your ex-girlfriend with a bottle of whiskey. They’re looking for a cure. Their leader: 27-year-old retired infantryman Ryan LeCompte. Their goal:Continue reading “Meet the Man Trying to Use Ayahuasca to Treat PTSD”

Hip-hop music can improve mental health

by John Haltiwanger As a musical genre, hip-hop is often denigrated for seemingly condoning misogyny, materialism, violence and crime. But this is an unfair characterization and an overgeneralization. Yes, there are some rap artists who write songs containing nothing of substance. More often than not, however, hip-hop offers many of us an insightful view intoContinue reading “Hip-hop music can improve mental health”

World’s oldest psychiatric hospital opens new museum

The world’s oldest psychiatric institution, the Bethlem Royal Hospital outside London, this week opened a new museum and art gallery charting the evolution in the treatment of mental disorders. The original hospital was founded in 1247 in what is now central London and the name spawned the English word “bedlam” meaning chaos and madness. InContinue reading “World’s oldest psychiatric hospital opens new museum”

New study shows that use of psychedelic drugs does not increase risk of mental illness

An analysis of data provided by 135,000 randomly selected participants – including 19,000 people who had used drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms – finds that use of psychedelics does not increase risk of developing mental health problems. The results are published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Previously, the researchers behind the study –Continue reading “New study shows that use of psychedelic drugs does not increase risk of mental illness”

New research shows that listening to sad music helps stabilize mood

A new study published in the journal PLOS One and conducted by researchers at the Free University of Berlin in Germany found that listening to sad music evoked feelings of nostalgia, peacefulness, tenderness and wonder. “For many individuals, listening to sad music can actually lead to beneficial emotional effects,” the researchers, led by psychologist LiilaContinue reading “New research shows that listening to sad music helps stabilize mood”