mental illness

A veteran visits the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1988.

Over a Quarter-Million Vietnam War Veterans Still Have PTSD

Forty years after the war's end, twice as many vets with combat-related PTSD are getting worse as those who are improving

Joyable helps individuals address different situations that trigger social anxiety.

There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxiety

Two Stanford graduates are the brains behind Joyable, a startup that pairs users with coaches to tackle social challenges

A shaman collects roots to prepare ayahuasca in Iquitos, Peru.

Amazonian Hallucinogen Could Be an Antidepressant

Drinking Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic tea, could change the concentration serotonin in the brain

Charles Darwin statue at London’s Natural History Museum

Darwin May Have Experienced Extreme Anxiety

Many attempts have been made to diagnose Darwin’s illness, here’s a well-argued possibility

The wounded soldiers above were photographed at a hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia, between 1861 and 1865.

Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?

One hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorder

How to Live With Hallucinatory “Voices” Without Drugs

A European-centered movement is trying to change the perception that hearing voices is bad

There's a Scientific Reason Why Self-Harm Makes Some People Feel Better

The same part of the brain that handles physical distress also deals with emotions

"I instinctively distrusted the food," Hess wrote. An American psychiatrist would later marvel at the "colossal naiveté of this Nazi mind."

Rudolf Hess’ Tale of Poison, Paranoia and Tragedy

Why are packets of food that belong to the Nazi war criminal sitting in a Maryland basement?

Schizophrenia Might Actually Be Eight Different Disorders

The finding could help researchers devise more effective treatments that are tailored for individual patients

U.S. Army combat medic Shawn Aiken lies down during his EKG appointment at the VA Medical Center in El Paso, Texas May 24, 2013. Aiken, who served 16 months in Iraq and 13 months in Afghanistan and has been active duty for nearly 10 years, has severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

Some Who Suffer from PTSD Never Get Better

As many as 11 percent of Vietnam veterans diagnosed with PTSD still suffer from the disorder

Losing Weight Makes People Healthy—But Not Necessarily Happy

The relationship between losing weight and being happy is not at all straightforward

Suicide Risk Could Soon Be Predicted Through a Blood Test

Elevated levels of stress-related chemicals in the body seem to correlate with suicide

Patients at an internet addiction boot camp in Guangzhou practice gardening.

China Now Has Up to 250 Boot Camps to Cure Teens of Internet Addiction

One of these facilities recently opened in the US, too

The Airman's Coin Ceremony during the final week of Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, April 4, 2013. After this event, individuals are no longer called a ''trainee.'' They've earned the right to be called ''Airman.'' Many Airman consider this to be one of the most significant events in their career.

More Than Two Thirds of American Youth Aren’t Good Enough for the Military, Says the Military

The military won't accept people prescribed ADHD medications—but that doesn't mean soldiers aren't using Adderall

Even 2-Year Olds Are Being Prescribed Ritalin

There may be as many as 10,000 American toddlers on stimulant drugs for ADHD

An asylum in Jacksonville, Illinois, c. 1890-1901.

In the U.S., Mentally Ill People Are Ten Times More Likely To Be in Prison Than in a Hospital

The number of mentally ill people in prison is going up, and the number in hospitals is going down

A nurse training program at the Central State Hospital.

Psychiatric Records for African American Patients Are Rare, And This Hospital Has a Century's Worth

Researchers are attempting to digitize and preserve the tens of thousands of patient records from the Central State Hospital

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