• BostonFamilies sue health insurers to cover 'wilderness therapy' for depressed kids

    They came for 16-year-old Kayla Freilich at 3 in the morning, taking the groggy teenager from her home two years ago, when her resistance was weakest, and putting her on an airplane bound for the remote mountains of Oregon. Freilich had been struggling with panic attacks, depression, self-harm, and an eating disorder, but had resisted most treatment. And then came Read more...

  • UPIGroups partner to prevent maternal depression

    June 14 (UPI) — Boston Medical Center and Head Start are collaborating on program to help mothers experience a reduction in clinically significant depressive symptom episodes. Maternal depression affects nearly 12 million women in the United States annually, and disproportionately affects low-income and minority women — including half of all Head Start mothers. Maternal depression can also impact families and Read more...

  • Tribune ReviewDepression strikes teenage girls more often

    Depression strikes far too often during adolescence, especially in teenage girls, a new study shows. More than a third of all teen girls in the United States wrestle with depression by the time they turn 17, according to new data regarding the state of children's' mental health. The study, which involved researchers from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, examined Read more...

  • ReutersTiny blood vessel damage tied to depression among older adults

    n”(Reuters Health) – Keeping tiny blood vessels healthy may be one way to ward off depression later in life, suggests a new analysis of existing research.Damage to the microvascular system – often caused by high blood pressure or diabetes, and made worse by smoking – is tied to an increased risk of depression among people age 40 years and older, Read more...

  • The Hollywood GossipEric Dane to Seek Help for Depression, Take Hiatus from The Last Ship

    Eric Dane has taken the first step to a hopeful recovery: He has admitted that he needs professional help. A rep for the actor has confirmed that filming on The Last Ship Season 4 has been stopped temporarily while the drama’s lead takes the steps necessary to battle depression. Filming will resume after Memorial Day Weekend. “Eric asked for a Read more...

  • New York TimesThe New Health Care: Birth Control Causes Depression? Not So Fast

    One of the biggest American public health victories of the last decade has been the record low reached in the teenage birthrate. Along with that have been lows in rates for teenage pregnancy and abortion. Most researchers believe that improved access to contraception is a large part of this success.But news continues to focus on the concern that hormone-based contraception Read more...

  • UPIBeing lonely might make having a cold worse, study says

    THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 — A cold is never fun, but it’s even more misery for folks who feel lonely, new research suggests. “We think this is important, particularly because of the economic burden associated with the common cold,” said study co-author Angie LeRoy, a psychology graduate student at Rice University in Houston. “Millions of people miss work each year Read more...

  • UPIResearchers use machine learning to help diagnose depression

    March 28 (UPI) — A new study from the University of Texas suggests machine learning with a supercomputer may help identify people susceptible to developing depression. Depression is the leading cause of disability for people between the ages of 15 and 44, and affects more than 15 million American adults each year. Researchers have studied mental illness by identifying the Read more...

  • Los Angeles TimesOvercoming depression can be just a short — or long — run away

    The details come back to Amy Robinson when she describes the first time she told her story in front of people. It was akin to the nervousness that comes with public speaking, but most speakers don’t expose themselves emotionally the way Robinson did when she stood in front of about 1,000 people at a community event in Santa Monica. “I Read more...