There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
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The hunt for evolutionary solutions to contemporary mental health problems.
Emily Deans M.D.
Better understanding lithium mechanisms could help us establish appropriate treatments and doses for many conditions beyond bipolar disorder.
Botulinum toxin administered to the forehead doesn't just clear away wrinkles. Evidence suggests it can soothe bad feelings as well.
Striking the right balance between "fight or flight" and "rest and digest" for optimal health means strengthening our recovery and improving our response to stress.
Probiotics have been recommended for symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome, but in a subset of patients, they may make symptoms worse.
Traumatic brain injury can lead to increased risk of suicide. How do you spot a subtle presentation, and what do you do about it?
An inexpensive supplement could be useful to help alleviate depression.
Doctors in the '50s and '60s used psychedelics in clinical research until their use was banned and discredited. For some conditions, however, hallucinogens are staging a comeback.
Links between extraordinary mobility and anxiety lead to interesting avenues for research of both conditions.
Could ketamine cure depression within an hour? New research has paved the way for broader use of this old medication.
The latest book on the microbiome and the brain is also the best. The Psychobiotic Revolution takes you from the early years of probiotic science to today's cutting edge.
The brain needs cholesterol. New research gives us clues as to why low cholesterol could cause depression and even suicide.
Despite theoretical promise, very few studies have been done to see if magnesium supplementation will help a clinical depression. Here is the first decent-sized study of its kind.
A very small electric current applied to the brain from an FDA-cleared device can reduce anxiety, insomnia, and even depression and pain syndromes.
Patients can suffer for many years with treatment-resistant depression. In one tantalizing study, a significant percentage were helped with a single vitamin supplement.
A large group of healthy individuals in Norway may have staved off depression with a small but regular amount of exercise. What does this tell us about how exercise might work?
If behavior can be predicted by genotype, we have ethical challenges for the future we can start thinking about now.
The relationship between stress and depression is complicated, but some of it is coded into our genes.
The best and the brightest of nutritional psychiatry have come together for an amazing conference at the nation's capital.
Variations in the serotonin re-uptake transporter can make big differences in the lifelong risk of depression. How did this discovery happen, and where do we go from here?
The genes coding for BDNF are another area where researchers are looking at the pathology behind psychiatric illness, and finding helpful clues to guide clinical treatment.
A gene related to ion channels common to many families with mental illness leads us to new discoveries and treatments based on actual brain pathology.
New technologies and exciting innovations mean your psychiatrist may soon be able to deliver personalized treatments based on both the art of medicine and its science.
In a world first, Australian researchers have used a dietary change to successfully treat depression.
Hopefully this article helps you think a little more about getting omega-3 in the diet and decreasing that processed food consumption to help that brain work even better.
We know that omega 3 supplements and eating fish has the potential to help brain health. Would they work even better if we reduced the amount of omega 6 fatty acids that we eat?
Both suicide and self-harm have seasonal peaks, with highest rates in the springtime. Pollen may be one of the environmental factors accounting for this link.
Is curcumin the next supplement to take psychiatry by storm? Not yet, but there's some promising data so far.
Daylight Savings transitions can affect our delicate circadian clocks, leading to disruptions in behavior and mood.
What is the state of the science on gut health and disease? World experts shared their latest findings on the microbiota at a recent symposium at Harvard Medical School.
Nature exposure does indeed soothe those worried parts of the brain into thinking less and relaxing more.
Emily Deans, M.D., is a psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts.