Anxiety, depression, burnout rising as college students prepare to return to campus. Experts at Ohio State create checklist to promote and protect student mental health. A new “return to campus” survey led by The Ohio State University’s Office of the Chief Wellness Officer finds rising rates of anxiety, depression, burnout […]

A conclusive narrative review has found physical punishment of children is not effective in preventing child behavior problems or promoting positive outcomes and instead predicts increases in behavior problems and other poor outcomes over time. The study by an international group of scientists including a researcher from The University of […]

Does social media really cause high rates of depression among teens? By Peter Gray Ph.D. Freedom to Learn For years now, the popular media have been publishing overblown articles, with scare headlines, about the dangers of “screen time.” At first the main demon was video games. Claims were made that […]

The researchers used brain imaging to explore other brain regions affected by sgACC over-activity during threat. Over-activation of sgACC increased activity within the amygdala and hypothalamus, two key parts of the brain’s stress network. By contrast, it reduced activity in parts of the lateral prefrontal cortex — a region important […]

A public health advisory issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003, followed by drug label warnings, indicated that children and adolescents taking antidepressants were at increased risk of developing suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Research has shown that these warnings reduced the diagnosis and treatment of depression […]

Mania Graphic. Credit: Diogo Matias Identifying the brain circuits affected in these “lesional” cases of mania, in addition to contributing to understanding the underlying mechanisms, could help find more effective treatments for bipolar disorder. A team of scientists from Portugal and the USA have now announced significant progress in the […]

But possible contribution to lessening anxiety not yet clear, evidence review suggests. Probiotics either taken by themselves or when combined with prebiotics, may help to ease depression, suggests a review of the available evidence, published in BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. But as to whether they might help to lessen anxiety […]

From left to right: Dr Andy Chevigné, Dr Martyna Szpakowska and Max Meyrath. Credit: LIH Novel molecule targets a newly discovered opioid receptor with atypical properties and holds promise for alternative therapeutic strategies. Researchers at the Department of Infection and Immunity of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) developed LIH383, […]

A new form of magnetic brain stimulation rapidly relieved symptoms of severe depression in 90% of participants in a small study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The researchers are conducting a larger, double-blinded trial in which half the participants are receiving fake treatment. The researchers […]

Study found that an additional 60 minutes of light activity (such as walking or doing chores) daily at age 12 was associated with a 10% reduction in depressive symptoms at age 18. Sitting Still Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Adolescents Too much time sitting still — sedentary behavior — is […]