December 28, 2017
At 15, Ruben Urbina couldn’t bear his depression and anxiety anymore. So he called police with a chilling threat. Ruben had good grades and plans for college, but the 15-year-old was struggling with depression. “I’ve had all these thoughts pile up in my head now that I can’t even think anymore,” he told his best more »
December 19, 2017
Drug sentences and the age of criminal responsibility have dominated the debate about the criminal justice bill making its way through Beacon Hill, but the sweeping legislation also targets a largely overlooked aspect of the system: the treatment of people with mental illness in courts and prisons.
December 8, 2017
Exposure to childhood stress is one of the biggest risk factors for depression that onsets in adolescence or adulthood. But how do we identify which individuals might be more susceptible to developing depression following exposure to stress? And are there sensitive periods, or stages during a lifespan when stress is particularly harmful in increasing the more »
November 29, 2017
By Jennifer Couzin-Frankel Nov. 16, 2017 , 12:30 PM In recent years, brain specialists have refined their ability to anticipate who’s at highest risk of psychosis—a defining feature of schizophrenia—identifying subtle signs in some children and more vivid precursors in late adolescence. And increasingly, researchers feel they’d be derelict not to pursue prevention. Tests of preventive more »
November 27, 2017
As the months grow colder and darker, many people find themselves somewhat sadder and even depressed. Bright light is sometimes used to help treat the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Researchers are now testing light therapy to see if it also can help treat depression that’s part of bipolar disorder.
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