APA Blog

Category : Depression

Loneliness and Social Isolation Can be a Concern at Any Age

Social isolation and loneliness are common and concerning, and not just for older adults, according to a new international survey from Kaiser Family Foundation and The Economist. Overall more than one in five adults in the U.S. reported that they often or always feel lonely, feel they lack companionship or feel left out or isolated from others. Among adults 18 to 49, 24 percent reported experiencing loneliness compared to 20 percent of adults 50 and over. People with mental illness were much more likely to feel lonely (47 percent).

Heat Waves Contribute to Poorer Mental Health and Increase in Suicides

Heat waves leave most of us a bit cranky and uncomfortable. They can also have serious health consequences, including for mental health. New research is shedding light on heat’s impact on mental health and on suicide rates. People with existing mental illnesses are particularly vulnerable to problems associated with long periods of high temperatures.

Inflammation and Depression: Complicated Connections

Growing evidence shows an association between depression and inflammation. But the connections are complex and not well understood. Understanding these links is important because it could lead to better depression treatment, especially for the many people who don’t respond to traditional treatments.

Reducing Stress with a Walk in the Forest

For many people, a walk in the forest has long been a relaxing and rejuvenating escape from daily stresses. There is growing medical evidence that a stroll through the forest is much more, evidence identifying the physical and mental health benefits. Proponents of the mental health benefits refer to a more structured therapeutic practice called forest therapy.

Mental Health Support on Campus: Student-Run Groups Stepping Up

Student-run mental health groups are having a positive impact on college campuses, including reducing stigma and creating a better climate related to mental health care. That’s the conclusion of a new study looking at the peer-run Active Minds program on 12 college campuses in California