Researchers have observed a “whoppingly strong” correlation between suicide rates and elevation. US counties above 4,000 feet have twice the suicide rate as those at 2,000 feet. The highest rates occur above 9,000 feet. A lack of oxygen can cause hypoxia, which disrupts…

Previous counts greatly underestimated those living in conflict zones who suffer from mental disorders, new WHO estimates published in The Lancet reveal.   More than 1 in 5 live with some form of mental disorder, from mild depression to psychosis; nearly 1 in 10 have a…

The Wellcome Trust has pledged $258.8 million to advance mental health treatment and research, an area lagging behind other health fields.   Currently, mental health issues like anxiety and depression contribute to over half of all health problems. By 2030, they may be the…

The debilitating symptoms of perinatal depression are dangerous to mothers and babies alike. But the condition can be prevented, a national panel has reported for the first time.

Called kufungisisa (Shona for “thinking too much”), depression is a high burden in Zimbabwe. In 2006, a paucity of providers—there are 12 psychiatrists for the entire country—led Dixon Chibanda, director of the African Mental Health Research Initiative, to establish the…

What happens when promising research fails an initial futility analysis in a clinical trial? In this case, damaging misinformation and potential loss of hope for patients with debilitating depression. In open trials of deep brain stimulation (DBS), neurologist Helen…

Untreated depression may be an underlying cause of the US spike in opioid misuse. Researchers have found that depressed individuals are twice as likely as others to misuse painkillers. They also have doubled the risk of continuing to use opioids long term.  

The WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, opens the discussion of the complex mental health issue of depression as part of today’s World Health Day events. Its theme this year: “Depression: Let’s talk.”

On social media, decades of stigma and silence around depression and suicide have begun to lift, reports physician Megan Moreno. A study she conducted with colleagues found that a full 25% of Facebook profiles examined had one or more references to depression. As stigma has…

The use of lay counselors is a proven method of treating depression, especially in poorer communities that might not otherwise receive care.