Ketamine has already been deployed to fight depression—now scientists have made a case for it as a treatment for excessive drinking, which is tough to treat with current methods.  Study participants given just one dose of Special K, which can cause hallucinations,…

Sierra Leone’s history of civil war and Ebola has contributed to widespread mental health problems. 10% of the country’s population experiences them. With just 2 practicing psychiatrists in the country, 99% go untreated. International NGOs haven’t provided sustainable…

California’s Kern County sheriff’s office has the state’s highest inmate suicide rate.  To combat this, officers routinely lock inmates in suicide watch isolation. Here, they could spend hours or days in tiny booths without toilets, fountains, or a mattress. They’re given…

Liberians are demanding better mental health services a decade after devastating civil wars—and later Ebola—created an extraordinary need for services. Benjamin Harris, one of the only psychiatrists in Liberia, found that 70% of students he interviewed had witnessed people…

Resilience—the personal resources an individual has to effectively deal with difficult challenges—may be key in mitigating impacts of stress during pregnancy and postpartum depression.  

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…