Mental Health

Say a pediatrician notices that one of her teenage patients is showing signs of depression. In most cases, the doctor will notify parents and prescribe an antidepressant or recommend a therapist.

The trouble is, many of those teens won't go to therapy or won't stick with it. And that's part of a bigger problem: Nearly two-thirds of adolescents who have had a major depressive episode don't get treatment, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Mental Health Meets 'Moneyball' In San Antonio

Aug 22, 2014

The jails aren't overflowing in San Antonio anymore. People with serious mental illnesses have a place to go for treatment and the city has saved $10 million a year on. How did it happen?

Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.

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There's a relationship between your commute to work and your happiness, according to Dr. Eric Morris, an assistant professor of city and regional planning at Clemson University in South Carolina. 

For many people with post-traumatic stress disorder, sleeping can return you to the worst place you've ever been, at the worst possible moment.

"I always see his face," says Will, who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. "And in my dreams it's the same thing. ... I always walk over to him, and instead of this Afghani kid that's laying there, it's my little brother."

The Troubling Relationship Between Depression And Diabetes

Jul 11, 2014
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According to a 2013 meta-analysis, those with diabetes are 25 percent more likely to become depressed, a well-accepted association. 

Lead is well known for causing permanent behavioral and cognitive problems in children, but a study says it may also cause less obvious problems like depression, too, even at low levels.

That's the word from a study tracking the health of 1,341 children in Jintan, China, where the health effects of pollution from rapid development have become a national concern.

Giving May Improve Overall Health

Jun 3, 2014
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Everyone know that it's better to give than to receive, but did you know that giving may increase your overall health? Jeremy Shere speaks with Stephanie Brown, an associate professor of Preventative Medicine at Stonybrook University, about the benefits of giving.

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According to a new study conducted by Simon Bacon, Ph.D., people with depression may take longer to recover after strenuous exercise. The study looked at the stress test results of 900 patients who may have heart disease or who have a family history of heart disease. Before entering the study, participants were given a psychiatric evaluation. The study found that those with depression took longer to relax after strenuous exercise. Dr. Bacon is an assistant professor of exercise science at Concordia University, Montreal.