Mental Health

Given time, most women with eating disorder anorexia or bulimia will recover

Given time, most women with eating disorder anorexia or bulimia will recover

A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators finds that, contrary to what is often believed, around two thirds of women with anorexia nervosa...
Physical activity reduces anxiety and depression in people with COPD

Physical activity reduces anxiety and depression in people with COPD, study shows

A study presented at 2016 European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in London shows that increased physical activity among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary...
Growing up with autism and mental illness: one family's story

Growing up with autism and mental illness: one family’s story

From the time Nancy Brown's son, Bob, was 18 months old, she knew there something was different about him. “He wouldn't hug me tight,...
A cure for social anxiety disorders

A cure for social anxiety disorders

Social phobia is the most common anxiety disorder of our time. But the current treatment regimen for patients with this diagnosis has not proven...
Brain scan before antidepressant therapy may predict response

Brain scan before antidepressant therapy may predict patients’ response

A functional MRI brain scan may help predict which patients will respond positively to antidepressant therapy, according to a new study published in the...
Mindfulness meditation training lowers biomarkers of stress response in anxiety disorder

Mindfulness meditation training lowers biomarkers of stress response in anxiety disorder

Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, NIH-sponsored...
Trauma and PTSD symptoms linked to increased risk of blood clots in women

Trauma and PTSD symptoms linked to increased risk of blood clots in women

Women who have experienced trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at greater risk for developing a potentially fatal blood clot...
Horses could be “therapists” in PTSD treatment for veterans

Horses could be “therapists” in PTSD treatment for veterans

Just 15 minutes from Columbia University Medical Center’s Manhattan campus, in Bergen County, NJ, horses, ranch hands, and mental health experts are working to...
Wellness tips to beat the winter blues

Wellness tips to beat the winter blues

It’s normal to feel a little down in the winter, when the days are shorter and we see less of the sun. “That can...
Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reports

Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reports

A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic...