The photos taken by Farm Security Administration photographers in the 1930s are some of the most iconic images in American history. We’re all familiar with some of the snapshots of craggy-faced farmers, but unseen photos in government archives tell a more complex story of a struggling country. Yale just released a…
What if you lived in a world where every kid got tested for potential depression when they were in elementary school? This video, from Binghamton University, describes new research on how we’d do it.
Getting pregnant changes a woman’s hormonal state: there’s a normal chemical interplay between mother and fetus. Hormones affect the brain, and their effects can differ in people. So if no one is surprised when a pregnant woman feels elated, why are they surprised when some pregnant women are clinically depressed?
I started smoking pot during my junior year of college, after a loud and messy breakup with my first girlfriend that sent me into an absolutely manic rage. It was shortly after she left, bawling, that one of my roommates asked if I wanted to get high. I guess that was his way of trying to make me feel better. That…
One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. These drugs have been shown to work in some patients, but their design is based on a so-called “chemical imbalance” theory of depression that is incomplete, at best.
The war-time prime minister was haunted by depression but was it also the secret of his success?
A proof-of-concept trial has shown that nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, holds potential as an effective treatment for severe depression in patients who don't respond to standard therapies. Laughter may indeed be the best medicine.
You've heard the self-help gurus who say positive thoughts can bring us happiness, wealth, and success. But there's another side to the story. Here's why positive thinking often backfires — and why many of us are starting to resent it.
Shame and guilt are often used interchangeably, but they're not the same. There are people who are prone to guilt, and people who are prone to shame, and there are major psychological differences between the two groups. So what's the difference?
Psychologists have known for some time that uplifting encouragement is not always well-received by people with low self esteem. Now, in a paper published in the latest issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers examine why this is, and come away with some counterintuitive suggestions.
Our jobs have a profound influence on our mental health. A new study shows the extent to which certain industries give rise to clinical depression.
Depression can be a difficult illness to understand if you've never experienced it, and depressive episodes can be incredibly isolating experiences. But the webcomic Depression Comix offers a peek into the depressed mind while helping a lot of depressed folks feel less alone.
This map visualizes the results of a new study of depression rates. Depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, diagnosed in 4% of the human population, and map allows you to compare rates of depression diagnosis across countries.
Anyone remember the Batman animated series episode that had the Joker dosing people with venom that forced a creepy smile onto their faces and drove them insane? Turns out you don't need the venom. The smile alone may drive people crazy.
Go ahead and add this to the "Pro" column on the ever-growing list of reasons to either avoid coffee or guzzle it down wholesale: new research out of the Harvard School of Public Health concludes drinking several cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50%.
For those seeking hope and understanding in the hopeless meaninglessness of their – or someone else's – depression.
Why do people get depressed during winter? Odds are you've heard of seasonal affective disorder, or you've experienced it for yourself. Fittingly abbreviated "SAD," this periodic melancholy is most often seen in Northern latitudes with the long nights and short days of nature's coldest season.
While they're perhaps less likely to take up paragliding or get an ill-advised tattoo, it appears that other primates suffer from midlife crises just like Homo sapiens. A new study of chimps and orangutans found that they have a major dip in well-being during their middle years.
What incredibly important profession combines horrible hours, bad pay, and a poor lifestyle? Truck driving. This is a job that destroys so many lives that it could soon become unsustainable. Here's why.
Earlier this year, a study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin suggested that Facebook was making its users sad. The authors of the paper, titled "Misery Has More Company Than People Think," claimed that the constant barrage of positive depictions were making people feel inadequate,…