Read about how the changing seasons can contribute to seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This article contains information about what SAD is and potential treatments for SAD after diagnosis.
The Mental Health Crisis in Medical Education: Sharing Stories, Normalizing Unwellness and Seeking Help
Anxiety, depression and burnout are common among medical students, trainees and physicians. A diverse panel of speakers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discuss their experiences struggling with mental and emotional unwellness and the importance of seeking help.
Everything from shrooms and weed to molly and ketamine — once known mainly as party drugs — is finding a place in clinical trials for depression and other mental health conditions. Precisely how they work on the brain, however, strays wildly from prescription antidepressants. In doing so, these drugs are challenging traditional ideas of how […]
A Revelation About DREADDs: A New Neuroscience Technique with Promise for Clinical Psychiatric Treatment
In an essay I published last year for the Lasker Essay Contest (and republished in our blog), I described optogenetics and chemogenetics, two technologies recently developed for basic neuroscience research that have the potential to improve the way we treat psychiatric illness. The major drawback to drugs currently prescribed for diseases such as depression, PTSD, […]
After their qualifying exams are over and most of their required coursework is completed, graduate students disperse back to their labs for the long haul. Most classes and exams occur in the first year or two of a Ph.D. program; afterward, students focus full-time on their independent studies and dedicate their time to pursuing their […]
To maintain wellness in the medical profession, wellness must be brought to the forefront as an issue for the medical community. The emphasis on wellness should start early while physicians are still in their training and continue in the workplace. At the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Student Wellness Initiative, led by Jenny […]
Major depressive disorder (MDD) afflicts more than 250 million people worldwide and is the most common source of disability for Americans. In addition to counseling and talk therapy, there is a veritable alphabet soup of medications, from amitriptyline to venlafaxine, currently prescribed to treat MDD. Each class of antidepressant acts on an individual or combination […]
July 1 marked a monumental day for all first-year residents, also known as interns, across the country. All freshly minted medical graduates began the rite of passage of what purports to be the most challenging year in medical training. No longer medical students, interns suddenly must take up the mantle of responsibility and make real-life […]
A recent study by researchers from Harvard, MD Anderson and Weill Cornell, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, showed an association between a common treatment for locally advanced prostate cancer and clinical depression. These results are part of a broader conversation about how prostate cancer is treated and could impact the way that clinicians […]