Is the Brain Wired to Give Up When A Reward Is Out of Reach?

Is the Brain Wired to Give Up When A Reward Is Out of Reach?

"We might think of different scenarios where people aren't motivated like depression and block these neurons and receptors to help them feel better," said senior study author Michael Bruchas, professor of anesthesiology, pain medicine and pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

How to talk to children about their mental health: An age-by-age guide

How to talk to children about their mental health: An age-by-age guide

Experts say parents should talk to their children about their mental health from a young age to help them accurately identify feelings and develop coping mechanisms.By high school, teens are trying to figure out how they can talk to their parents about mental health.

TODAY analysis: More states requiring mental health education by law

TODAY analysis: More states requiring mental health education by law

Talking about mental health isn't taboo in Andrea McCabe's fifth-grade class at Chatterton School in Merrick, New York.On a recent day, Miss McCabe, as the children call her, lead the class in an exercise: "Everybody say, 'Stress,'" she instructed the students.

Is Social Media Toxic to Your Teen's Mental Health?

Is Social Media Toxic to Your Teen's Mental Health?

The new study in JAMA Psychiatry has concluded that time spent on social media is bad for teenagers ' mental health, echoing a growing body of research.

'I left my husband instead of taking more pills'

'I left my husband instead of taking more pills'

But I’m concerned that there are a lot of women out there on medication who take it because they want to feel ‘normal’ when in fact what they really need is psychological support to ensure the life they are living is the one they have chosen, not one that has been chosen for them.

The heartbreaking truth of being a mum with anxiety

The heartbreaking truth of being a mum with anxiety

Amidst all the picture-perfect Instagram accounts that portray motherhood as one giant game of dress-ups and puzzles, one incredibly raw post has showed just how utterly spirit crushing it can be as a parent who suffers from anxiety.

The Roots of Early-Childhood Depression

The Roots of Early-Childhood Depression

Intense irritability and disruptive behavior are probably the most common symptoms that prompt parents and primary-grade teachers to refer a young child to undergo a mental health evaluation.Further work is needed to educate parents and primary-care physicians about early signs and symptoms of depression in young children.

Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens

Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens

"Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," said senior study author Patricia Conrod, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal.

What to Do If You Are Depressed: Relating to Your Emotions

What to Do If You Are Depressed: Relating to Your Emotions

The healthy way is via cultivating a different relationship with one’s feelings, what I call the Emotional Sweet Spot (ESS) model.

What Psilocybin Could Mean for End-of-Life Care

What Psilocybin Could Mean for End-of-Life Care

“There’s really a paucity of measures to help those people who are suffering with the emotional distress that comes at the end of life,” says Bossis, a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.

Alanis Morissette on pregnancy at 45: I had a 'freak-out-joy-freak-out moment'

Alanis Morissette on pregnancy at 45: I had a 'freak-out-joy-freak-out moment'

Alanis Morissette always wanted to be a mother of three, but she never expected that dream to come true the way it has — with a surprise pregnancy at the age of 45.In fact, in an exclusive interview with Self magazine, the singer-songwriter revealed that a series of "challenges and some miscarriages" left her feeling that it wasn't even possible.

Help for postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis, mental health

Help for postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis, mental health

For many new moms, that may include postpartum mental health issues like depression or anxiety. Postpartum mental health issues are totally treatable: According to Ann Smith, the president of Postpartum Support International, 99 percent of women with postpartum mood disorders get better with treatment.

Behati Prinsloo to new moms: It's 'very normal' to feel helpless

Behati Prinsloo to new moms: It's 'very normal' to feel helpless

The mom of two (to Dusty Rose, 2, and Gio Grace, 1) opened up to TODAY Style about how becoming a parent inspires her work with the Save the Rhino Trust and her message to new moms about postpartum depression.

Dads experience postpartum depression but can be overlooked

Dads experience postpartum depression but can be overlooked

Gabriel's experience with postpartum depression and anxiety is more common than people think. Much like new mothers, some new fathers also experience hormone changes; their testosterone levels can dip when they become dads.

Coming to Terms with Coming Out

Coming to Terms with Coming Out

Overall, increasing positive self-worth and self-acceptance during the coming out process is crucial for individuals who face societal and social stigma related to their LGBTQ identity and can help buffer against internalized homophobia and shame.

Does Social Media Use Really Cause Depression in Teens?

Does Social Media Use Really Cause Depression in Teens?

But a number of critics rushed to point out that the key study in question did not provide compelling evidence that social media use is behind the increase in young people’s rates of depression.

How Girls and Boys Differ in the Development of Depression

How Girls and Boys Differ in the Development of Depression

The recent study examined how depressive symptom trajectories diverge in adolescence; such information can be helpful in informing healthcare providers, parents , and teenagers themselves about the potential challenges of this developmental period. What are the implications of the different trajectories of depressive symptoms in male and female adolescents?

The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

While this does not prove a cause-effect relationship, it would seem to reinforce an urgent need to closely examine the impact of smartphone usage on the communication skills and psychological wellbeing of young people.

90 Day Fiance’s Kalani, Asuelu Welcome Their Second Baby Boy

90 Day Fiance’s Kalani, Asuelu Welcome Their Second Baby Boy

Kalani Faagata and Asuelu Pulaa are now the proud parents of two baby boys after welcoming their second child together. The 90 Day Fiancé stars, who welcomed their first son, Oliver, in January 2018, found out that they were expecting less than a year later during an episode of the TLC show.

How AI Can Detect Children with Anxiety and Depression

How AI Can Detect Children with Anxiety and Depression

Having a tool that can objectively screen children for anxiety and depression is a valuable asset for early childhood intervention in order to prevent future problems that can lead to substance abuse , suicide risk, and other mental health issues.

Are Antidepressants an Effective Way to Prevent Suicide?

Are Antidepressants an Effective Way to Prevent Suicide?

In the process of making her point, Barnhorst also manages to seriously trivialize the role of antidepressant medication in the treatment of depression and to imply that given societal woes there isn’t much we can do to try to prevent suicides aside from limiting access to lethal means.

'I had really changed:' Chrissy Teigen talks postpartum depression and hints at more babies

'I had really changed:' Chrissy Teigen talks postpartum depression and hints at more babies

Chrissy Teigen says that going through postpartum depression with Luna helped her feel better prepared when she was pregnant with Miles.

6 Ways to Boost Mental Health and General Wellness

6 Ways to Boost Mental Health and General Wellness

According to the Mental Health America website, this year's campaign will center on the following themes: animal companionship (including pets and support animals), spirituality , humor , work-life balance, and recreation and social connections.

The Conundrum of Bipolar II Depression: Q and A

The Conundrum of Bipolar II Depression: Q and A

Question: What’s the best treatment for Bipolar II depression ? Out of 18 experts, 10 felt that antidepressants are helpful in Bipolar II but are best used with a mood stabilizer to avoid hypomania.

Putting Mental Health On the Workplace Health Agenda

Putting Mental Health On the Workplace Health Agenda

Thus, as more people assume jobs in the knowledge economy, mental health is becoming an increasing problem in the workplace. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US $1 trillion each year in lost productivity.

The Magic of Mushrooms

The Magic of Mushrooms

Reiterating this point, the authors write, "Where changes in neuroticism and conscientiousness are consistent with what has been observed previously among patients responding to antidepressant treatment, the pronounced increases in extraversion and openness might constitute an effect more specific to therapy with a psychedelic.".

The Health Benefits of Congregational Life

The Health Benefits of Congregational Life

The research team reported that the church had a relatively organized system for support, with formal ministry groups arranging visitation of the sick and shut-ins.

Some Opportunities Only Sadness Can Offer

Some Opportunities Only Sadness Can Offer

Many’s the time I’ve been up in the very wee hours of the morning, flooded with a kaleidoscope of emotions, half-memories , anguish, impressions and other powerful and vivid, mentally distinct, yet cognitively indistinct experiences.

Sri Lanka's Tragedy and the Global Health Burden of Trauma

Sri Lanka's Tragedy and the Global Health Burden of Trauma

In addition to physical injuries, the survivors of the bombings will be at risk of a range of mental health challenges, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

'To my son, I thank you. You were born but you gave ME life'

'To my son, I thank you. You were born but you gave ME life'

But most of all, I thank you for postnatal depression .Image: Instagram/themumontherun_. I thank you because wow, you gave me the gift of life. If I didn’t have that birth, I wouldn’t have dealt with childhood sexual abuse.