The scientific understanding of the biological cause of schizophrenia has been significantly advanced by a landmark study published yesterday in Nature.

For US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD or a traumatic brain injury, healing is a daunting challenge. Their first step in a healing arts program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: Make a mask. The papier-mâché masks help them express…

A government study, and subsequent research, have shown that something more than race, individual behavior or genetics is taking a toll on the health of people who live in poor neighborhoods: stress. The body reacts to stressful situations in the same way that it responds…

Many autistic adults who grew up before the term “autism” was part of the public vernacular have spent much of their lives with the wrong diagnosis, consigned to psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had.

The wording for the mental health goal in the SDGs may be vague, but any progress would be an improvement when the burden of mental disorders has only been worsening. The burden of depression grew by 54% between 1990 and 2013, while that of anxiety grew by 42%, according…

Japan’s aging population is forcing the country to deal creatively with dementia issues. About 25% of Japan’s 128 million people are over 65. By 2060, 40% will be seniors. That means people with dementia will increase from today’s 4.6 million to 7.3 million by 2025. The…

As New York City embarks on a “roadmap for action” to elevate mental health as a top public health concern, lessons from the city’s successful battle against tobacco should inform the work ahead, writes Mary Travis Bassett, the city’s health commissioner. It took sustained…

On the heels of Veterans Day yesterday, one of the most tragic problems afflicting those who served their country is the specter of suicide, often the fallout of post-traumatic stress disorder. After more than a year of intense lobbying by veterans groups, Congress this…

The devastation of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan was not limited to homes and other tangible structures and objects. Heavy drinking is becoming a serious problem in the three communities most severely affected by the quake, and health officials…

Treating people as soon as possible after their first after their first schizophrenia episode can make all the difference, according to a major US government study released today. The 6-year study, called Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) http://www.…