Latest Mental health News

Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging

Feb. 14, 2019 1:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues. Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life even...

Teen migrant detention facility allows a glimpse inside gate

Feb. 13, 2019 8:04 PM EST

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Journalists were given a glimpse Wednesday of a newly expanded south-Florida detention facility where nearly 150 teenage migrants sleep in rows of bunk beds in a large windowless room and use portable toilets housed in adjacent tents. The sleeping area in a converted Job Corps...

Counseling urged to prevent depression in at-risk new moms

Feb. 12, 2019 11:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors already are supposed to screen new mothers for depression, to find those who need prompt care. Now they're also being urged to identify women at risk — because counseling could prevent depression from setting in. Up to 1 in 7 women experience what's called perinatal...

Millennial money: Minimalism can declutter finances, too

Feb. 12, 2019 10:02 AM EST

Christian Matney, 22, and his wife, Aubry, 23, haven't let their youth hinder them from big financial goals. The Austin, Texas-based couple — content creators at YouTube channel The Matneys — are travelers, entrepreneurs and homeowners, thanks in part to their commitment to financial minimalism ....

Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

Feb. 10, 2019 7:01 AM EST

In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country. Supporters say...

Depression 101: Dallas schoolkids learn about mental health

Feb. 9, 2019 4:56 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — In a scenario playing out in more and more classrooms around the world, a Dallas teenager recently asked her classmate if anything was wrong, noting that she hadn't been acting like herself. The brusque reply: "Just leave me alone." The ninth-graders at the Uplift Hampton Preparatory school...

Telemedicine's challenge: Getting patients to click the app

Feb. 6, 2019 10:04 AM EST

Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit. The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and treated remotely. But patients have been slow to embrace...

Senate gives initial nod to psychiatric boarding bill

Jan. 31, 2019 5:07 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A proposal aimed at preventing mental health patients from languishing in emergency rooms won preliminary approval Thursday in the New Hampshire Senate. The bill sent to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday would spend $6 million of the state surplus to encourage the construction...

Holdsclaw pushes for awareness of mental health issues

Jan. 27, 2019 6:56 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Former Tennessee and WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw wants people to "be more honest with themselves" when dealing with mental health issues. Holdsclaw spoke Sunday as part of the Duke women's basketball program's "Mental Wealth Day" before the Blue Devils' 64-55 loss to No. 13 Syracuse....

Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression

Jan. 26, 2019 1:10 PM EST

YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression. Joie Henney, 65, said his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. The York Haven man said he received approval...