We are living through unprecedented challenges, faced with profound uncertainties about the public health, the economy, the safety of our workplaces, the risks of gathering with friends and family, and even about the rhythm of the school year.

We're in the midst of an epidemic, a mental health epidemic.

Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center.

PCOS can be associated with an increased risk of eating and sleeping disorders as well as decreased sexual satisfaction. Screening for these disorders in women with PCOS may allow early intervention and improve quality of life.

It sounds too good to be true. But a compelling new study and computer model provide fresh evidence for a simple solution to help us emerge from this nightmarish lockdown. The formula? Always social distance in public and, most importantly, wear a mask.

Publicly, most narcissists maintain a favorable image by advertising their good deeds. Privately, it is equally as misleading. Often when narcissists set their eyes on a "prize," they stop at nothing to convince the person that they are selfless and loyal.

A new study suggests that in utero exposure to antidepressants may harm child neurodevelopment, although the authors caution against drawing firm conclusions based on their study.

From serving more fries to patients to engaging them in sewing face masks, Belgian psychiatric hospitals have carefully adapted their routine to comply with coronavirus restrictions.

The COVID-19 global pandemic and the systemic ramifications are not only unprecedented but harrowing.

Late-life depression is a major societal concern, but older adults' attitudes toward its treatment remain complex.

Virtually everyone has some experience with depression, however, the term "depression" has so many different meanings that confusion and invalidation often result when laypersons talk about their experiences

Before a top aide updated the mounting death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker briefly sounded more like the state's psychologist in chief.

There are no statistics on how many healthcare workers and first responders have passed the virus to their children, spouses, or parents.

We are in the midst of an epidemic and possibly pandemic of anxiety and distress.

"The good news is that the parent you are today is not the parent you have to be tomorrow."

If you walk through the facility, you'll only see subtle reminders that you're in a treatment center: things like the slanted doors and faucets, finger locks, and signs marking restricted areas.

Even without a diagnosis, people who have symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) can experience challenges in their daily lives.

Given the ageing of the global population, the number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD) is expected to double approximately every 20 years, to an estimated 115 million people by 2050 (Prince et al., 2013).

The death toll rose again in the U.S., to 69, with more than 3,770 confirmed cases as of early Monday.

This study sheds light on the direction of the association between cognitive functioning and Internet use. Findings indicate that using the Internet positively affects cognitive functioning in late life.

Celebrities are increasingly speaking out about their own struggles with anxiety and depression and it is a shift worth celebrating.

A 2019 study in Circulation reports that people who frequently drink sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and sports drinks, are at increased risk for premature death from cardiovascular disease.

Even if you're over 40 and you haven't noticed a change in your mental alertness and memory, you're-unfortunately-likely to notice a shift sooner than you think.

Getting your surly teens off the couch might trigger a long-term turnaround in their moods, new research suggests.

It is unclear what session frequency is most effective in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression.

he CDC estimates flu has caused 26 million illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths this season, according to the agency's most recent FluView report.

An estimated 54.4 million (22.7%) U.S. adults have provider-diagnosed arthritis (arthritis), a number that is projected to rise to 78.4 million by 2040.

If you're in an abusive relationship (physical or emotional), you know it's toxic. Maybe not in the beginning, but eventually. And you may minimize it. You may struggle to leave.

Being able to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important of all leadership skills. It is what enables us to pass information to other people and to understand what is being said to us, the foundation of productivity and strong relationships.

A. The medical term for winter depression is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Symptoms usually begin in late fall or early winter and go away by summer. A less common type of depression occurs in the summer.

All scientific knowledge relies on observation, but with complex phenomena, there is often an awful lot to observe. Schizophrenia is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by a wide range of symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, lack of motivation, cognitive difficulties, impaired speech...

Two new studies suggest that mindfulness - the practice of focusing one's awareness on the present moment -- can enhance academic performance and mental health in middle-schoolers

The stigma associated with mental illness is now called "sanism." Just like racism or sexism, it is a form of oppression and discrimination. And there is a lot of sanism and misinformation surrounding mental illness still present within our society.

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Arlington, VA- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today announced the release of a free online education course, NAMI Basics OnDemand. The new class format is an adaptation of the in-person NAMI Basics, a free, six-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. Participants can sign up at basics.nami.org.

From an early age, I was driven by conventional markers of success: academic and professional accomplishment and most importantly, financial wealth. As the child of immigrant parents, these markers were particularly important to me. I saw money as a measure that transcended cultural barriers and norms. Enough of it would establish my worth in our adopted home.

I remember the first time I asked a client if they were having thoughts of suicide. I was scared. It felt intrusive. And somewhere in the back of my mind, I didn't really want to know. I wasn't sure if I could respond well if the answer was "yes," and I was worried that I might even make the situation worse.

A common myth about suicide is that it happens without warning, but the reality is that there are often warning signs. These signs can be hard for a loved one to see, especially if they don't know anything is wrong in the first place. However, a trained professional can easily pick up on the signs-if they ask the right questions.

Mental illness is a common, though often ignored, malady in older adults. The World Health Organization found that, as of 2013, approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder. Unfortunately, many people confuse symptoms of mental illness with normal signs of aging.

THE INSTITUTE OF Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) issued a report in 2012, "The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?" that said 14 to 20 percent of U.S. adults over age 65 have one or more mental health or substance use conditions. That's about 8 million people. Yet a number of studies also indicate that mental illness in older adults is underrecognized and underdiagnosed.

Welcome to Sleep Better, a new advice column to answer your most pressing questions about sleep - how to get more of it, how to improve the quality of it, and how to beat the most common factors that disrupt it. Each month, Shelly Ibach, Thrive Global's Sleep Editor-at-Large and President & CEO of Sleep Number, will consult with other top sleep experts for the best tips on how to upgrade your sleep, and thus, your overall well-being. Submit your sleep questions for Shelly via Instagram; DM them to @shellyibach.

I came home from a business trip to find my then-9-year-old daughter fiddling with a sparkly new iPod Touch. When I asked my husband where she got it, he said, "She begged me to take her to the store and paid for it with her own money, so I figured it was fine."

A group of international doctors has uncovered the genes that contribute to the development of ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia.

Transgender college students are two to four times more likely than their classmates to have mental health problems, researchers say.They analyzed data from more than 1,200 gender-minority students on 71 U.S. campuses who took part in an annual nationwide survey. Gender-minority means their gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth.

Alzheimer's disease and dementia are becoming an increasingly big part of the health care conversation in America as the population ages and more people develop these cognitive ailments.

The study has found that independent driving is good for the mental wellbeing of older people.

In a break from hearing about what is "broken," the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System has listened to some more uplifting stories about solutions, including a school that enrols kids and their parents, a simple help-your-neighbour program and a device to alert elderly people's families if they're lonely.

10 Symptoms of Mental Illness in the Elderly

Did you know that about 20% of adults aged 55 or older have experienced some type of mental health concern, but nearly one in three of those seniors do not receive treatment?

Survivor's guilt is when a person has feelings of guilt because they survived a life-threatening situation when others did not. It is a common reaction to traumatic events and a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Interacting with difficult personalities is often frustrating or even enraging, but it is possible to learn how to manage interactions with these individuals more effectively.

Fentanyl is roughly 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. In fact, it is the most potent opioid pain reliever available for use in medical treatment.

Humans have a compulsion to simulate the activities and behaviors of others in their social group, but why is that? The findings of a new study may change the way that we understand empathy and phenomena of emotional and behavioral contagion.

A new study looks at the genetic makeup of thousands of adults with depression to try to find an accurate way of predicting which children and adolescents may be at risk of developing this mental health problem.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. Below is a Brief Description of EMDR Therapy.

This study aimed to evaluate eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), by comparison to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based on exposure and response prevention.

Adverse childhood experiences, in particular, are linked to chronic health conditions. Published: February, 2019. A rocky childhood. A violent assault. A car accident. If these are in your past, they could be affecting your present health.These are all examples of traumatic events - which, in psychological terms, are incidents that make you believe you are in danger of being seriously injured or losing your life, says Andrea Roberts, a research scientist with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Research shows that these events can trigger emotional and even physical reactions that can make you more prone to a number of different health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. ยง 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

Requiring in-person driver's license renewal visits and vision testing is highly associated with fewer car crashes involving drivers with dementia, according to a study reported in 2018 in Neurology. Forty-five states require in-person renewals at least once within two or three renewal cycles, 36 call for vision testing, and two require road testing.

This study tested a psychosocial model of suicide risk in a sample of 156 Latino college students. Specifically, depression and loneliness were hypothesized to be important predictors of suicide risk (namely, hopelessness and suicidal behaviors) in Latino students.

Imagine being confined to a small, dark room, with no social interaction whatsoever for 30 days. Not many people would jump at this opportunity. But, in November 2018, a professional US poker player, Rich Alati, bet $100,000 that he could survive 30 days alone and in total darkness. He was kept in a small, completely dark room with nothing but a bed, fridge, and bathroom. Even with all the resources he needed to survive, Alati couldn't last the month. After 20 days he negotiated his release, taking a payout of $62,400.

Each year around this time, the internet starts going abuzz with warnings about the dreaded "Blue Monday," the so-called most depressing day of the year. Where did the Blue Monday concept originate, and is it a real phenomenon?

Acquired language disorders after stroke are strongly associated with left hemisphere damage. When language difficulties are observed in the context of right hemisphere strokes, patients are usually considered to have atypical functional anatomy.

New research has revealed that targeted cognitive training can successfully reduce cognitive impairment in treatment-resistant schizophrenia.

Doctors may find it hard to diagnose Alzheimer's disease before the obvious symptoms set in, and many of the current tests for it are expensive and complicated. However, researchers recently devised a blood test that could accurately detect this condition.

You've spent the past few nights staring at the ceiling, thinking about your grocery list, lining up your tasks for the next day, or obsessing about your problem du jour - but what you really want to be doing is sleeping soundly. You're in the pharmacy and notice an array of over-the-counter sleep aids, and you're tempted. Will taking one help you get that deep slumber you crave?

New research finds four genetic variants that may raise the risk of dying by suicide, regardless of environmental factors. The study also identifies hundreds of other genes that require further analysis and that may also raise the likelihood that a person dies by suicide.

Neuroscientists have shown that stimulating the caudate nucleus can generate negative moods that lead to irrational decision-making. Stimulating the caudate nucleus causes animals to give far more weight to the anticipated drawback of a situation than its potential benefit.

In the largest known brain imaging study, scientists evaluated 62,454 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans of more than 30,000 individuals from 9 months old to 105 years of age to investigate factors that accelerate brain aging.

A depressive episode in the context of a major depressive disorder is a period characterized by low mood and other depression symptoms that lasts for 2 weeks or more. When experiencing a depressive episode, a person can try to make changes to their thoughts and behaviors to help improve their mood.

Anxiety can impact physical and mental health. There are short- and long-term effects on both the mind and body.

Fear of falling is prevalent among older people and associated with various health outcomes. A growing number of studies have examined the effects of interventions designed to reduce the fear...

Depression can cause debilitating fatigue and make the simplest activities, such as getting out of bed, too difficult to manage. According to a 2018 report, fatigue affects over 90 percent of people with...

Many people occasionally bite their lip when they are anxious. However, for some people, lip biting can become a habit that impacts on everyday life. People with this nervous habit may get painful sores...

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States experience mental illness every year. That's a significant portion of our population-one in ...

Growing up in an environment perceived as invalidating is one factor commonly discussed as contributing to the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Coupled with a genetic tendency to...

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.

Reducing severity of PTSD symptoms long-term holds significant public-health and economic implications

The mood swings and stress you experience as you go through puberty can shape your brain to determine the person you will become. My four-year-old twins are similar in many ways - both are sociable, loving and cheeky - but a few contrasts are opening up. For instance, our son is more aware of tim...

Marijuana is made from the shredded and dried parts of the cannabis plant, including the flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems. It's also known as pot, weed, hash, and dozens of other names. While many...

The new research suggests that both anxiety and depression are caused by an overstimulation of the caudate nucleus.

Associations tended to be higher among minority high school students

Depression with psychotic features is when someone experiences both depression and psychosis. Psychosis refers to a disconnection from reality and may include symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions.

According to some observers, anxiety is now snowballing in the United States. So, in this Spotlight, we ask whether anxiety truly is becoming more prevalent in the West and, if so, what may be causing it.

A substantial body of research shows that adverse life experiences contribute to both psychological and biomedical pathology. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an empirically validated treatment for trauma, including such negative life experiences as commonly present in medical practice.

We performed the first meta-analysis of clinical studies by investigating the effects of eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy on the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and subjective distress in PTSD patients treated during the past 2 decades.

The Mental Cost Of Poverty: How Being Poor Leads To Poor Decisions

Simple positive emotion skills yield benefits in physical and emotional health

Depression can reveal itself in different ways, but one thing is certain: with 12.8% of adolescents between the ages of 12-17 suffering a major depressive episode in the United States, it's an incredibly widespread issue for our nation's teenagers. Sadly, the many pressures of teen life; changing bodies, hormonal changes, social conflicts, academic pressures - can often create an extra psychological strain.

The desire to help your loved ones meet their recovery goals can be a source of strength and motivation for someone who is struggling with addiction. But for some people, the need to help becomes so strong it's impossible to recognize when the line between helping and enabling is crossed. By definition, enabling is essentially the same as "empowering," or helping a person achieve things they could not on their own.

Whether you've spent years on a military base or a month in a combat zone, re-entering civilian society after serving in the armed forces is never easy. The excitement of returning home to your family and starting a new life can be mildly tempered by the fear of the unknown that lies ahead. And, if you are dealing with a combat injury or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even your own home can overwhelm you.

Getting a diagnosis for depression -- or any mental illness -- is no easy task, but getting validation and treatment can be a great relief.

Millions of people with mental health issues lead happy, productive, and extremely normal lives. Many people with mental health conditions never tell their loved ones, and their behavior may be no different from people without mental health conditions. Indeed, more than 25% of Americans receive a mental health diagnosis at least once. But this doesn't mean that living with a mental health challenge is easy, and friends and family can be frustrated when their attempts at helping fail. If someone you love struggles with mental health challenges, there are many ways you can help.

While struggles with mental health were traditionally kept private, in recent years a growing number of sufferers are adopting the opposite tack: sharing their mental health battles with the world, via social media.

Historically, black teenagers in the United States have had lower suicide rates than whites. But a new study finds that more black teens have been attempting suicide in recent years -- and experts are not sure why.

An unhealthy diet is one of the leading risk factors for poor health and accounts for up to 45% of all deaths from these cardiometabolic diseases, the researchers noted.

"I love playing the game of football, but not the other stuff that goes with it," said Isaiah Woods, now considering a career in design. "I stress myself out way too much."

Focused light therapy may improve sleep and reduce symptoms of depression and agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related dementias, new research suggests.

Even psychologists acknowledge that a workplace too heavy on meetings can sap your brain of the ability to actually get work done.

Magic mushrooms may have moved one step closer to becoming a treatment for depression.

New research suggests a person's reliance on his or her smartphone predicts greater loneliness and depressive symptoms, as opposed to the other way around.

The largest genetics study on anxiety to date has uncovered six novel gene variants associated with the disorder, in findings that may point to new treatment targets.

The musician took to social media this past week to show off the "brave face" he puts on when he's feeling low, especially when he's experiencing the type of Christmastime melancholy that turns his normally jovial expression into a more "grim" countenance.

Adults with severe obesity may be at higher risk for cognitive decline and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy than those with normal weight, and this risk may be amplified by greater waist circumference, according to findings published in Diabetes Care.

It's a difficult birth for this new decade. The year 2020 kicks off under the shadow of divisive politics, international security threats, a spate of hate crimes, and a planet in environmental peril, plus all the reasons we're stressed individually: work, health problems, life changes and more.

Can diet impact mental health? A new review takes a look at the evidence. Overall, the authors conclude that although nutrition certainly does appear to have an impact, there are still many gaps in our knowledge.

The Trump administration has resolved an internal dispute over how to handle new variants of fentanyl that it believes can beef up the fight against the deadly synthetic painkiller without hindering research to ease the opioid crisis, according to a draft agreement seen by Reuters.

Early life adversity including neglect and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse is the single biggest risk factor for psychiatric disorders, new research suggests.

SAMHSA's National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Teenagers and young adults in the United States are being ravaged by a mental health crisis - and we are doing nothing about it.

In October 2012, Pamela Wible, MD, attended a memorial service in her town for a physician who had died by suicide.

In this article, we stress the need for love and care, applying caring cognitive (behavioral) talking skills when communicating with people who suffer from a psychosis, talking on equal footing with psychotic people and building trust.

AD is associated with significantly increased anxiety and depression, which may go undiagnosed.

Everyone believes they understand the meaning of the term "narcissist," as it is certainly one that is applied widely to everyone from celebrities to politicians

If you find that you can't stop acting defensively, it may be because of old programming.

Some who are faced with the prospect of divorce, are deterred by the sheer magnitude of change that will impact their family's lives; they worry about the reactions of their children, their friends, their parents, and their siblings.

Dr. Shawn McDaniel, a psychologist with Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, says one of the most important things to do when checking your anxiety level is to know the source of it.