depression

People who go to church live longer. Here’s why

Over the last 20 years, research has gradually accumulated suggesting that religious service attendance is associated with better physical and…

Scheduling fun activities ‘just as effective as CBT’ for depression

New research claims that behavioural activation therapy — in which patients are encouraged to take part in scheduled activities —…

A brain therapy changed my life. It raises profound questions for the future

‘Transcranial magnetic stimulation’ — it sounds like something a nutty professor would develop in a science fiction movie. Yet this…

6 Jul 2016

A revolutionary moment for treating depression may be round the corner

Researchers have developed a blood test which can help doctors choose the best drug to treat patients with depression, according…

Could we be getting closer to solving the mystery of depression?

Researchers have identified a region of the brain that functions abnormally in people with depression, according to a new study…

Workaholics ‘more likely to suffer from ADHD, OCD and depression’

Spending long hours at work may raise your risk of suffering from ADHD, OCD, depression and anxiety, according to research…

Magic mushrooms ingredient ‘lifts untreatable depression’

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’, can ease the symptoms of depression, according to a study carried out by…

Ten ways to care for your mental health

Did you know about a quarter of British adults have a mental health problem every year? Anxiety, stress and depression…

16 May 2016

A single gene is linked to several psychiatric diseases. A study may have worked out why

The death of newborn brain cells may be linked to five major psychiatric diseases, according to research carried out at…

Virtual reality worlds could soon be available on prescription

Strapping on a headset and playing a game may not sound like the best way to tackle depression. In normal…

6 Apr 2016

What mindfulness gurus won’t tell you: meditation has a dark side

We never intended to be the Richard Dawkins of mindfulness — but, because of our book, we seem to have started…

‘Worrying’ rise in children being prescribed anti-depressants

There has been a large increase in the number of British children prescribed anti-depressants, according to research published in the…

What I wish Stephen Fry understood about mental health

The following letter, addressed to Stephen Fry, is written by Richard Bentall, professor of clinical psychology at the University of…

Guest room: we each play host to 100 trillion microbes

What’s bugging you now? The amazing potential of our bodies’ own bacteria

Scientists hope our trillions of resident microbes can help us beat disease and improve mental health

18 Feb 2016

Depression linked to lower levels of a hormone that helps resilience

Researchers at McGill University have discovered the first evidence of a connection between noradrenergic neurons — which affect our attention…

Sad news for those who suffer from SAD: the condition is probably a myth

Would you rather, at this moment, be standing at a bus stop in the rain, on your way to a…

2 Feb 2016

Prolonged depression ‘raises your risk of heart disease and stroke’

Depression seems to be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in the Journal…

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy ‘nearly doubles the risk of autism’

Using antidepressants during pregnancy greatly increases the risk of autism, according to research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Professor…

For depression, omega-3 supplements are likely to be a waste of time

There is insufficient evidence that omega-3 fatty acid supplements are effective in treating major depressive disorders, according to new research.…

Over-eating food that is high in fat ‘may cause anxiety and depression’

Over-eating foods that are high in fat could be a cause of anxiety and depression, a study has suggested. The…

Don’t blame smartphones for young people feeling depressed. The problem goes deeper

At a student bar a few weeks ago, a friend told me they’d been struggling with depression for some time.…

21 Sep 2015

A daily portion of fish is likely to lower your risk of depression

According to researchers from China’s Qingdao University, eating a daily portion of fish could prevent depression. The researchers pooled data…

Cold water bathing — a Victorian craze that really is good for your health

Flinging someone into a freezing pool might not sound like the best cure for a panic attack. Yet recent research…

7 Sep 2015

Women suffer depression more than men — a poignant report last week suggests why

One morning at dawn earlier this year, Sarah Johnson jumped in front of a southbound train at London’s Victoria station.…

2 Sep 2015

Media coverage of the Germanwings crash ‘increased the stigma of depression’

On March 24 the Germanwings flight 9525 crashed into the Alps, causing 150 deaths. Rigorous investigation indicates that the co-pilot,…

26 Aug 2015

Lack of British sunshine means we are now advised to take a vitamin D pill every day

New draft guidelines by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition suggest that everyone in the UK should take vitamin D…