My favorite definition of mindfulness is “to pay attention with abiding faith in a loving universe,” from Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates. Put more simply, mindfulness is a practice of first observing and then letting go of various thoughts and feelings. It takes…

Elon Musk’s new company, Neuralink, will attempt to connect computers directly to human brains, the Wall Street Journal reports. With Neuralink, Musk intends to explore “neural lace” technology — tiny implanted electrodes through which the brain could communicate with…

Scandinavians are battling seasonal depression (the winter blues) with giant rotatable mirrors, light-therapy clinics and positive thinking, but the disorder continues to puzzle researchers.   A leading theory for the winter blues is the “phase-shift hypothesis.” It says…

Psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren specializes in the psychological effects of climate change—and believes that mental health professionals—by the nature of their training—are uniquely positioned to reach people and bring about change. Van Susteren is part of the Climate…

Psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren specializes in the psychological effects of climate change—and believes that mental health professionals—by the nature of their training—are uniquely positioned to reach people and bring about change. Van Susteren is part of the Climate…

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…

State policies allowing same-sex marriage in the US are associated with a 7% reduction in adolescent suicide attempts, according to a new JAMA study by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard universities and Boston Children’s Hospital.  

Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s have more than doubled since 2000, pushing the diseases up the WHO’s rank of the 10 top causes of death. While advancements in drugs have pushed HIV/AIDS down the list, pharmaceutical companies are failing to produce treatments to slow…

94 South African psychiatric patients died of negligence last year after being transported to new facilities in Gauteng Province, according to a report published Wednesday by the South African government.  

Ebola has exacted a huge mental health toll in Sierra Leone. But the stigma attached to visiting a “place for crazy people” has kept those in need of treatment away from the country’s lone psychiatric hospital.   “People are used to understanding mental illness in their own…