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I Want It To Stop

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 »

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Talk on How Childhood Stress Can Cause Depression and How We Can Prevent It

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 »

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Scientists are learning to predict psychosis years in advance—and possibly prevent it

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 »

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Light Therapy Might Help People With Bipolar Depression

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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