Psychiatry

Most people don’t get fat from eating broccoli and oatmeal. Instead, it’s the fast food, cheese puffs and microwave pizzas that are expanding American waistlines and raising obesity to epidemic...
The initial assessment of a blood test to help diagnose major depressive disorder indicates it may become a useful clinical tool. A team including MGH researchers reports that analyzing levels of...
Could taking a run or going for a swim be an effective alternative to drug therapy in treating depression? In one recent experiment, Madhukar H. Trivedi, professor of psychiatry and director of the...
Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than 100 patients.
People are increasingly looking for herbal and natural remedies to treat depression. Among some of the more popular and better studied natural remedies are St John’s Wort (SJW), S-adenosyl methionine...
Specially designed comprehensive behavioral therapy is more effective than sessions offering patient support and education in helping adults with Tourette syndrome manage their tics – sudden,...
A new approach to investigating hard-to-find chromosomal abnormalities has identified 33 genes associated with autism and related disorders, 22 for the first time. Several of these genes also appear...
Brain studies suggest that doctors learn to suppress normal responses to patients’ suffering.
Why do some people take their own lives—as many as 36,000 each year in the United States alone—and why do warning signs go unheeded? Though suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United...
More than one in 10 Americans takes one or more antidepressant medications, and for that large chunk of the population, recent events surely have been unsettling. Three books published in 2010 were...
It has been more than 20 years since the Association of American Medical Colleges last revised its Medical College Admission Test. The MCAT has traditionally focused on basic scientific concepts—...
Amid a growing recognition among psychiatrists that many people with addiction disorders also suffer from another psychiatric diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or attention...
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common problem after pregnancy that may be triggered when high levels of estrogen and progesterone abruptly return to normal within 24 hours after childbirth. An...
The American Psychiatric Association’s new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition (DSM-5) includes significant changes in the criteria for diagnosing autism spectrum...
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating are serious medical illnesses that can significantly disrupt lives, harm physical health and, in some cases, prove fatal...