I'm a member of Generation Y, or the millennial generation. People like me were born in the '80s and early '90s. But I don't like to broadcast that fact. Millennials tend to get a bad rap.

Journalists and commentators love ragging on us. They say we're ill-prepared to deal with life's challenges. And that, as a result, we have higher rates of mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

New App Helps Physicians Track Mental Illness

Sep 9, 2015
MoodTrek app lets patients track their health and send data to their doctors.

Mobile apps and wearable devices, like Fitbits and Jawbones, help us keep track of everything from our heart rates, physical exercise to sleep and nutrition. But, despite the bounty of health data, doctors don’t have a good way to monitor what their patients input.  

A few years ago, University of Missouri psychiatrist Dr. Ganesh Gopalakrishna, M.D. decided to change that when he realized some of his patients were logging mental and physical symptoms, but he couldn’t access their information.

The majority of patients with depression have problems with sleep, usually insomnia. But about 10 to 12 percent have the opposite problem.

KERA News spoke with Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, Director of University of Texas Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care about hypersomnia and how aerobic exercise may alleviate the problem.

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Last week , the American Heart Association released a statement calling on doctors to consider mood disorders when assessing teens for cardiovascular risk.  The authors reviewed recent research showing a link between mood disorders and cardiovascular disease. They concluded when screening for cardiovascular disease in teens, doctors should look beyond traditional risk factors like weight, cholesterol and tobacco use and take depression and bipolar disorder into account, too. 

It's not easy for a child who has had mental health issues to make a successful transition into adulthood. But even children who have symptoms that are mild enough that they wouldn't be diagnosed are more likely to struggle with life as adults, a study finds.

Cruelty of Teen Bullying Feeds Into Adult Depression

Jun 5, 2015
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If you’ve ever sat in a therapist’s chair wondering if those bullies from junior high are responsible for your adult depression, a study published earlier this week in the British Medical Journal lends weight to your theory.

Last weekend, around 100 students graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.  


But four times that many doctors will commit suicide this year in the United States.


Many believe problems with depression and anxiety in medical students is a leading cause for the mental health issues among physicians. Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, said these issues can also effect a doctor's ability to practice.


"Some doctors end up taking their own lives, but many go on practicing in a state where they're not as effective as they would be if they were completely healthy," said Frederick, who is also an orthopedic surgeon. "The healthcare provided by those physicians in training and future physicians will be much better if they aren't themselves suffering from depression.


The transition to adulthood marks a big turning point in life for everyone, but for young people on the autism spectrum that transition can be really tough.

Young adults with autism had lower employment rates and higher rates of complete social isolation than people with other disabilities, according to a report published Tuesday by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.

People in Cambodia experience what we Americans call depression. But there's no direct translation for the word "depression" in the Cambodian Khmer language. Instead, people may say thelea tdeuk ceut, which literally means "the water in my heart has fallen."

Anxious or depressed Haitians, on the other hand, may use the phrase reflechi twop, which means "thinking too much." And in parts of Nepal and India, people use the English word "tension."

Depression, Overwhelming Guilt In Preschool Years Linked To Brain Changes

Nov 14, 2014
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In school-age children previously diagnosed with depression as preschoolers, a key brain region involved in emotion is smaller than in their peers who were not depressed, scientists have shown.

The research, by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, also suggests that the size of the brain’s right anterior insula may predict the risk of future bouts of depression, potentially giving researchers an anatomical marker to identify those at high risk for recurrence.

The study is published online Nov. 12 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.