The Science is Mixed on Taking Supplements for Mental Health, Research Review Finds

A new large review of the scientific evidence suggests that most dietary supplements don’t do much to help people suffering from mental health disorders. Read More >>

A 14-Year-Old’s Schizophrenia-Like Psychosis May Have Been Caused by Cat Bacteria

Doctors have started to come around to the idea that hidden bacteria and viruses in the body can affect our mental health and, over the long term, contribute to diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. But a case study out this week is the latest to suggest that certain germs can cause much more immediate and frightening mental health problems. Read More >>

Study: Eating Beef Jerky Might Be Linked to Manic Episodes in Some People

There is no singular cause of mental illness. Any number of things – our genes, environment, and even social mores – play a role in determining whether someone’s mental health will deteriorate to the point of being diagnosable as a disease. But researchers from Johns Hopkins have stumbled onto a possible trigger for manic episodes they didn’t expect to find: beef jerky. Read More >>

Scientists Have Mapped Out How Our Genes Might Lead to Mental Illness

It’s often said mental illness runs in the family. But while that’s true, scientists have had very little luck actually understanding how our genes influence our risk of developing major depression or schizophrenia. New research published Friday in Science seems to provide something big needed for that greater insight: A roadmap of how genes are expressed differently in the brains of people with one of five major psychiatric disorders. Read More >>

Real Stories About Real People Show Complexity of Mental Illness

A Hungarian-born man is found ranting in the street that he is “king of the Puerto Ricans.” A perfectly healthy woman feels compelled to undergo over a dozen operations. A man in a straightjacket somehow manages to commit suicide while inside a locked psychiatric ward. Read More >>

An Algorithm Can Tell If You’re Depressed Just By Looking At Your Instagram Photos

Social media can already give others insight into your personal life and mental state (even if you don’t want them to), but according to a recent study, even something as small as your Instagram filter choices can be enlightening. Read More >>

Google’s Latest Hire Has a Creepy Plan to Track Your Mental Health

Google’s parent company Alphabet has just hired Thomas Insel, the former head of the National Institute of Mental Health, who has some pretty weird ideas about what his new job will entail. Read More >>

Study Shows Comedians Share Personality Traits Seen in Psychosis

Research carried out by the University of Oxford and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust claims that personality traits seen in comedians, and other creative types, are similar to traits of people who experience psychosis. Read More >>

DARPA’s Spending £43 Million on a Brain Chip for Mentally Ill Soldiers

Picture this: In the near future, ten per cent of American veterans could be walking around with chips implanted in their brains. These aren't intended for some I, Robot-style takeover, but rather to treat conditions like PTSD and substance abuse. Sound crazy? DARPA only deals in crazy. Read More >>

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What It’s Like to Have Synesthesia And See All Your Numbers in Colour

In the big wide world of mental disorders, synesthesia is probably one of the most interesting and least harmful. It's like a sensory remix. But what's it really like? Alex from Bite Sci-Zed, who "suffers" from a flavour of the disorder where her numerals have very distinct colours, explains it. By the numbers. [Numberphile] Read More >>