Identity Crisis, 1906
Identity Crisis, 1906
A famous account of multiple personality disorder in the early 20th century foreshadowed a century of controversial diagnoses and debate among psychiatrists.
Identity Crisis, 1906
Identity Crisis, 1906

A famous account of multiple personality disorder in the early 20th century foreshadowed a century of controversial diagnoses and debate among psychiatrists.

A famous account of multiple personality disorder in the early 20th century foreshadowed a century of controversial diagnoses and debate among psychiatrists.

psychiatry
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020
Absence of human contact is associated with declines in cognitive function. But as the COVID-19 pandemic brings concerns about the potential harms of isolation to the fore, researchers are still hunting for concrete evidence of a causal role as well as possible mechanisms.
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2019
A meta-analysis of more than 80 studies from the past four decades finds weak evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Depression Symptoms: Study
Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Depression Symptoms: Study
Catherine Offord | Oct 7, 2019
The effects of the therapy in a small group of  patients were long-lasting, researchers say, adding to evidence that the approach works for treatment-resistant depression.
NIH Suspended Duke University Grants Amid Misconduct Allegations
NIH Suspended Duke University Grants Amid Misconduct Allegations
Jef Akst | May 22, 2019
The accusations concerned the safety of research participants. The school says the grants have been reinstated following an investigation.
Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis
Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis
Jef Akst | Mar 20, 2019
Frequent use of high-strength cannabis may increase the risk of mental health problems, according to a large-scale epidemiological study.
Former Head of NIMH, Lewis Judd, Dies
Former Head of NIMH, Lewis Judd, Dies
Kerry Grens | Jan 14, 2019
The UCSD psychiatry researcher championed the concept of mental illness as a neurobiological condition and helped form the US government’s Decade of the Brain initiative.
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Amy Lewis | Jan 1, 2019
Large-scale genomic studies of anorexia and bulimia are turning up clues about the conditions’ development and persistence.
Cochrane Collaboration Expels Cofounder, Prompts Resignations
Cochrane Collaboration Expels Cofounder, Prompts Resignations
Catherine Offord | Sep 18, 2018
Physician Peter Gøtzsche, a board member of the organization, has been an outspoken critic of certain vaccines and of the pharma industry in general.
New Cell Type Discovered in Human Brains
New Cell Type Discovered in Human Brains
Catherine Offord | Aug 28, 2018
Rosehip neurons are not found in rodents. Perhaps they offer clues about what separates our brains from those of other animals.
Brain Stimulation Reduces Feelings of Aggression
Brain Stimulation Reduces Feelings of Aggression
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 3, 2018
Researchers propose that the method could be used to rein in violence.
Adolescent Psychiatrist Beatrix Hamburg Dies
Adolescent Psychiatrist Beatrix Hamburg Dies
Ashley Yeager | Apr 20, 2018
A champion of peer counseling and a barrier-breaker for black women, she passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders
Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 8, 2018
Transcriptional profiling of post-mortem human brains reveals commonalities in the genes over- and under-expressed in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. 
Transgenerational Trauma Passed Down from WWII Evacuees
Transgenerational Trauma Passed Down from WWII Evacuees
Jef Akst | Nov 29, 2017
The daughters of Finnish women separated from their parents as children during World War II have higher rates of psychiatric hospitalization than those born to women who had not been evacuated.
ADHD Linked to Structural Differences in the Brain
ADHD Linked to Structural Differences in the Brain
Kerry Grens | Feb 20, 2017
Imaging data show smaller volumes in several brain regions among people diagnosed with the behavioral disorder.
Clues to Lithium’s Mechanism
Clues to Lithium’s Mechanism
Tanya Lewis | Jul 8, 2016
A study in roundworms hints at how the drug may exert therapeutic effects.
Fish Oil May Slow Schizophrenia
Fish Oil May Slow Schizophrenia
Jef Akst | Aug 13, 2015
Omega-3 supplementation reduced progression rates among people with early-stage symptoms of schizophrenia, according to a small trial.
The Roots of Schizophrenia
The Roots of Schizophrenia
Jef Akst | Jun 4, 2015
Researchers link disease-associated mutations to excitatory and inhibitory signaling in the brain.
Missing Brains Found
Missing Brains Found
Kerry Grens | Dec 3, 2014
About 100 human brains belonging to a university collection thought lost have turned up at another campus. 
A Blood-based Biomarker for Suicide?
A Blood-based Biomarker for Suicide?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 31, 2014
Epigenetic and genetic changes in the SKA2 gene are correlated with suicidal behaviors, researchers show.