Until recently, there was little research dedicated to understanding nonsuicidal self-injury like cutting.1 in 5 adolescents (particularly girls) report self-harm. For 20% of them, the behavior can become an addiction. Once considered a symptom of…

For decades, a woman in Medellín, Colombia sidestepped the dementia that was an early death sentence for generations of her family, The New York Times 

Gaming advocates in South Korea want the WHO to drop “Internet gaming disorder” from its list of classified diseases, even as the government considers adding it to their own disease roster.   Industry advocates say that would undercut South Korea’s economy. In 2017…

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…

50% of millennials and 75% of Gen Zers have vacated a job for mental-health reasons, Business Insider reports on a new study. Millennials face high rates of burnout—recently declared a WHO-classified syndrome—working longer hours while strapped with student loan debt and…

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…

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

Some parents swear by tapeworm concoctions to ease symptoms of autism. Could “helminth therapies” go mainstream?   While there’s no proof that they work, there have been glowing anecdotal reports. Illegal to distribute in the US, one parent had them shipped from Thailand—…

In 2012, the FDA approved Amyvid dye, the first Alzheimer’s biomarker test. But the dye requires a PET scan and costs thousands of dollars.  Researchers are looking for better biomarkers for earlier diagnosis and improved drug research. The tau protein, for example, is…