In northeastern Nigeria—“Boko Haram’s den”—at least 3 in 10 people suffer from untreated mental illness. Despite high suicide rates and risks of radicalization, care is reserved for treating substance use or disorders like schizophrenia.    Nonprofits like NEEM Foundation…

The discovery of mental illness clusters within families has sparked genetic research—but the data has a diversity problem.   78% of current DNA data comes from people of European ancestries, who thus stand to benefit most from related treatment advances, write Anne…

Air pollution is significantly associated with the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders, according to a new study published in PLOS Biology.  

Suicide is on the rise among Yazidis struggling to cope with the unspeakable trauma inflicted at the hands of the Islamic State, who descended on their people some 5 years ago, killing and enslaving thousands.    Since April, Médecins Sans Frontières has recorded 20…

Reports about conditions inside detention centers for immigrants on America’s southern border sound horrific—what’s going on inside detainees’ brains may be just as bad.   The realities these children endure fly in the face of core scientific concepts of child well-being…

There are only 3 psychiatrists and 5 WHO-recognized mental health centers in Somalia where 1 in 3 people has some form of mental illness.    Decades of war and a staggering 80% unemployment rate exacerbate the crisis. Men are particularly vulnerable and often denied…

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…

Another study adds to evidence of a link between strong anticholinergic drugs and greater dementia risk, CNN reports. Anticholinergics are often prescribed to fight anxiety, depression and pain, or purchased over the counter to tackle allergies or sleep problems.

California has teamed up with Silicon Valley on mental health experiments like Mindstrong, an app that provides a digital “fire alarm” for imminent emotional crises. The program monitors smartphone activity moment-to-moment, recognizes off-pattern behavior and alerts users…

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…