AI-Controlled Brain Implants for Mood Disorders Tested in People

From Nature: Two teams funded by the US military's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), have begun preliminary trials of brain implants...

“Can psychedelic trips cure PTSD and other maladies?”

The Washington Post explores some of the history of research into the therapeutic potentials of even just one session with a psychedelic drug, and...

Mental Health in Black and White

When I looked through my mountains of medical records, I saw that the providers who listed my race as black applied diagnoses like major depressive disorder and PTSD. The providers who saw me as white preferred diagnoses of panic disorder and borderline personality disorder. Of course, my experiences are just anecdotal. But if racial bias due to subjective experiences of practitioners can play such a large role in mental health diagnostics, how is this even considered a scientific discipline?

Anesthetize People to Treat PTSD Symptoms?

"Breathing in xenon, a gas used in people for anesthesia, may help treat post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions linked with fear and anxiety,"...

‚ÄúVeterans‚Äô PTSD and Brain Injury Deserve Focused Research on New Treatments‚ÄĚ

For STAT, Magali Haas reports on a research summit organized to improve the treatments available for PTSD. “If the goals are ambitious, the obstacles...

Depression, Anxiety, PTSD: The Mental Impact of Climate Change

From CNN: The growing climate change crisis is leading to various types of trauma, including increased natural disasters, economic loss for farmers, and forced migration, all...

Research Is Shedding New Light on Hearing Voices

From Psychology Today: Although auditory hallucinations are commonly thought of as a sign of mental illness, research shows that hearing voices is common among the general population...

Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal C.I.A. Interrogations

From The New York Times: Two psychologists, Drs. John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, who played a role in developing C.I.A. interrogation techniques widely viewed as...

‚ÄúPost-Katrina Stress Disorder: Climate Change and Mental Health‚ÄĚ

Writing for Truth-Out, hurricane Katrina survivor G. Maris Jones writes: ‚ÄúTo adapt to a changing climate, survivors of these catastrophes - especially those in marginalized, low-income communities - need long-term physical and mental health services.‚ÄĚ She adds a concurrent call to ‚Äúassume our responsibility to make positive change through action on climate change.‚ÄĚ

Childhood Trauma Predicts Lack of Response to Antidepressants

Research in Translational Psychiatry finds that childhood maltreatment and trauma predict a greater likelihood of developing chronic depression, and a reduced likelihood of responding to treatment...

The Disturbing Link Between Frequent Nightmares and Suicide

From Science of Us: Over the past few months, multiple studies have linked frequent nightmares to increased risk for both suicidality and self-harm. Article →­

United Nations Report Calls for Revolution in Mental Health Care

In a new report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dr. Dainius PŇęras, calls for a move away from the biomedical model and ‚Äúexcessive use of psychotropic medicines.‚ÄĚ

Here’s How Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental Health

From The Conversation: Witnessing violence, via both media coverage of disturbing events and in-person aggression, can have a serious, long-term impact on children's mental health. Article...

Agency and Activism as Protective Factors for Children in the Gaza Strip

Researchers recommend a ‚Äėpolitically-informed focus', including activism, when assessing children and designing interventions in areas of chronic political violence.

Emotional Abuse Is Far Worse Than You Think

Though attention tends to be drawn to physical forms of violence, it may actually be the more invisible forms of violence - abuse and...

A Quiet Rise in Wildland-Firefighter Suicides

From The Atlantic: Over the past decade, there has been a quiet acknowledgement that suicide is widespread within the wildland firefighting community. Both the trauma...

Prolonged Exposure Reduces Dropout Rates and Symptoms for Individuals with Complex Trauma

New study finds that intensive prolonged exposure is a promising treatment option for individuals with multiple trauma experiences.

We Need Ecstasy and Cocaine in Place of Prozac and Xanax

From Aeon: While psychiatric drugs are often ineffective and can have serious side effects, there are many psychedelics and other illicit substances that have proven...

A Veteran Wonders: How Will My PTSD Affect My Kids?

In this piece for The Atlantic, Brooke King reflects on how her trauma currently affects and may continue to affect her children, as well as...

Psychosis and Dissociation, Part 2: On Diagnosis, and Beyond

Recently I wrote an article on MIA entitled Trauma, Psychosis, and Dissociation. Several people responded privately with some very thought-provoking questions that I would like to explore and possibly answer to some extent here. Dedicated readers of the MIA website are all too familiar with the myriad problems that exist with diagnoses in general, the stereotypical (and often untrue) assumptions associated with these various categories, and their lack of scientific validity or reliability. First, though, I want to state that my area of experience and research is with trauma, psychosis, and dissociation . . .

Pentagon Study Links Prescription Stimulants to Military PTSD Risk

A new study suggests that service members who take stimulant medications to stay alert are five times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, the LA Times reports. ‚ÄúThose who had been prescribed multiple stimulants and the biggest supplies of the drugs were the most likely to have PTSD.‚ÄĚ

Can Psychedelics Help End Addictions with One Dose?

Q13 Fox News discusses recent research giving psychedelics to people struggling with alcohol or cigarettes. David Nutt, an Imperial College London neuro-psychopharmacologist "thinks psilocybin...

‚ÄúVeterans Let Slip the Masks of War: Can This Art Therapy Ease PTSD?‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúService members suffering from PTSD often feel like they‚Äôre wearing a mask,‚ÄĚ Samantha Allen writes in Invisible Wounds. Melissa Walker, an art therapist, asks them to make one. ‚ÄúThe results are stirring. One mask, striped in red and black with hollow chrome-colored eyes, is wrapped in razor wire with a lock where its mouth should be.‚ÄĚ

How Complex Trauma Changes a Person

From Although not currently listed in the DSM, the diagnosis of complex post-traumatic stress (C-PTSD) has gained widespread acceptance in the mental health community. The...

Mental Health, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews: In his new book Mental Health, Inc., Art Levine reports on the dire state of the U.S. mental health system. "The author delivers the...