Researchers have identified five new categories of mental illness that cut across current diagnoses of anxiety and depression. The five categories, which researchers define by their specific symptoms and areas of brain activation, are: tension, anxious arousal, general anxiety, anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure), and melancholia. “By refining theContinue Reading

  A new approach to studying mindfulness-based interventions can help ensure that scientific evidence backs the claimed benefits of the practices—and potentially make them more effective. “This is the first step to an evidence-based personalized medicine approach to mindfulness.” One problem with mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) is that they sometimes blendContinue Reading

People with symptoms of depression may not feel like socializing, but doing something fun with friends can improve mood, a new study shows. “It’s the social activities—positive, everyday experiences that involve other people—that may be most likely to brighten the mood of those struggling with depression,” says Lisa Starr, assistantContinue Reading

The more time a young adult spends using social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated, say researchers. The findings of a new study suggest that use of social media doesn’t present a panacea to help reduce perceived social isolation—when a person lacks a sense of social belonging,Continue Reading

August 18, 2015–Individuals near the middle of the social hierarchy suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety than those at the top or bottom, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Nearly twice the number of supervisors and managers reported they suffered from anxiety compared toContinue Reading