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Speech analysis software predicts psychosis

A new study shows how speech analysis software can predict a mental illness like psychosis, in at-risk patients, with up to 83 percent accuracy. This offers a potential diagnostic tool for psychiatry.

Essential Science: Why telemedicine works with mental health

Telemedicine can trump face-to-face care in some situations. A new study shows how a telephone-delivered collaborative care program for treating panic and generalized anxiety disorders in primary care proves more successful than conventional care.

Digital games improve mental health of refugees

Ankara - Digital platforms can help refugee children to better assimilate into a new society, helping with language and education, and also in addressing the mental health issues that inevitably accompany the traumas of escape.

Businesses are using technology to support mental health

London - Workplace absence costs employers millions of lost pays and billions in lost revenue each year. Many of these absences are due to mental health issues, of which stress and anxiety are the leading triggers.

How businesses can tackle mental health at work

Mental health issues in the workplace create problems for individual worker and they impact on the business in terms of productivity loss. As a result many businesses are investing in new ways of supporting employees.

Most dangerous social media app for mental health revealed

London - Social media platforms are rated in different ways, covering the spectrum from marketability to user experience. How about mental health? Instagram is rated, from a new survey, as the worst social media platform for young people's mental health.

Mental health issues studied one year after Fort McMurray fire

Fort Mcmurray - A psychiatrist with the University of Alberta is studying how the 2016 wildfire has affected the lives of children in Fort McMurray. Other studies are also being conducted regarding anxiety, depression and PTSD among those who lived through the ordeal.

Cats cause no harm for your mental well-being: Study

A new research project has cast doubt on earlier, more controversial studies that suggested there is an association between cat ownership and mental health issues. The new research has found no connection between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms.

Researchers study impact of mental health on sport performance

A decline in form and a bad run of results for a high performing sports player can be tied to a mental health issue. To help study the effects, with a view of aiding to sports stars of today, researchers have investigated some high profile players.

Biomarker for depression during pregnancy detected

Many women who are pregnant suffer from depression, with some medics putting the rate at one in seven. To assist medics in detecting the likelihood of a woman suffering from depression a biological marker has been detected.

Pets help people through mental illness

Manchester - People who keep pets are often healthier than those who do not, according to a new study. The study focuses on people who suffer with a major mental illness.

Microbiomes interact with mental health treatment

People who experience a 'nervous stomach' under periods of stress will understand the connection between the gut and a person’s mood. It seems that there is now scientific evidence to support this link.

Physical source of depression identified

A connection between depression and physiology has been found from a new research study. This indicates that depression is associated with the lateral orbitofrontal cortex of the brain.

New approach for treating teens with depression

Washington D.c. - Depression is a growing problem among teenagers as the pressures from schools increases, together with interactions with peer groups and from social media. The rise requires new strategies for treatment by health authorities.

Why many mental health apps are failing

Health apps are becoming increasingly common. All of them collect data and this data is shared with the manufacturer. How concerned should we be? A new issue has been raised about mental health apps in particular.

Review: George F. Walker completes Bobby and Tina cycle on mixed note Special

Toronto - The third entry in a trilogy is often the weakest one. Think of “The Godfather Part III”, “Return of the Jedi”, “The Return of the King” – and now, if this rule counts for indie theatre too, add George F. Walker’s “The Damage Done”.

Brain area where depression occurs is detected

Feeling low? Scientists now know where in the brain depression is most strongly associated with. The region is associated with reward and it also interacts with a second region of the brain that stores memories.

Tackling Alzheimer’s with cancer delivery mechanism

A drug delivery mechanism intended for the treatment of a form of cancer may have effectiveness at slowing down the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new research study.

Review: Bedlam and Beyond exhibition in London Special

London - Bedlam asylum was the first asylum for people with mental health issues, with its origins in the thirteenth century. The history of the asylum, on show at the Wellcome Collection in London, charts the history of social attitudes.

Essential Science: Electroconvulsive shock treatment on the rise

Electroconvulsive shock treatment, once a fairly common treatment for mental illness, is regaining popularity and could be set to make a comeback to the psychiatric mainstream.

Bipartisan data initiative to reduce U.S. prison population

The Obama Administration is looking to lower the prison population through innovative data management. The Data-Driven Justice Initiative (DDJ) was announced on June 30, and will work to divert low level prisoners out of the prison system.

Yeast infection linked to mental illness

Infection with a common yeast can lead to mental health problems in some cases, according to new research. This is shown from analysis of patterns relating to psychiatric patients.

Warning over antipsychotic drug and strange cravings

U.S. authorities have issued a warning over an antipsychotic drug. The drug, it seems, triggers a series of cravings: for food, gambling, shopping, and for increasing the user’s sex drive.

Is autism being overlooked in girls?

London - One in 68 children in the U.S. is affected by autism, with boys receiving four times as many diagnoses as girls. Is there a medical difference or are girls being missed out in terms of diagnosis?

Op-Ed: Cleaner homes lead to better physical and mental health

Clean living really does lead to better health according to multiple studies on the effects of tidiness on both physical and mental well-being.

Vagus nerve stimulation helps cure depression

A new technique, where the Vagus nerve is stimulated, has been found to be effective for treating certain types of depression. This follows trials involving adult patients.

Catching depression early for good mental health

Is it possible to diagnose depression before it takes a grip? Two research groups think so and they have devised a new brain imaging system, aimed at children.

Failures of antidepressants for bipolar disorder

A new study demonstrates how antidepressants administered to people suffering with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder led to continuing depression and mood cycling.

Op-Ed: Homophobic attitudes tell us a lot about a person

Rome - The Kim Davis fiasco has brought the anti-gay marriage camp back into the spotlight recently, even to the point of dragging two GOP candidates into the fracas. But what does this homophobic attitude tell us about these people?

Too many drugs given to people with learning difficulties

London - A new review of drugs policy has found that people with learning difficulties have been over-prescribed medications. This includes psychiatric drugs without any recorded diagnosis.
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Cover of book, "Henry's Demons"
Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto s Dundas Square
Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto's Dundas Square Casey
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Jeff Moat, President of Partners for Mental Health
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Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto's Dundas Square
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Cloth embroidered by a schizophrenia sufferer
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Walk of Hope 2010 Toronto - Schizophrenia Society of Ontario Fundraiser
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A walk on a path by the lagoon can soothe the mind and relieve stress.
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Logo for the Cambridge-based Broad Institute
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Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto's Dundas Square
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Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto s Dundas Square
Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto's Dundas Square
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People with mental and psychosocial disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in developin...
People with mental and psychosocial disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in developing countries. Even though development actors have pledged to focus their work on the most vulnerable in a community, many programmes continue to ignore and exclude this vulnerable group.