ICOS Blog

Immune System May Play Crucial Role in Mental Health

i December 1 by Karen Weintraub

Considering inflammation has helped neuroscientists cast a broader net when searching for causes of and possible treatments for mental illness, mood disorders and neurodevelopmental conditions. Last time you had a bad cold, you likely had less energy than usual. You lay around and didn't have any enthusiasm for your usual activities. After it dragged on for a day or two, a sense of helplessness probably set in. It was hard to remember what feeling good felt like or how you could ever bound off the couch again. In short, for a few days, you probably felt a lot like someone with depression. read more...

Mental Health Bills May Limit Young Americans' Clout

i November 6 by Karen Kelly

WASHINGTON — High mental health costs for young adults threaten to undermine a key assumption of the Affordable Care Act: that insuring more young people will lower costs because they are healthier and require less expensive care. The Obama administration estimates that 2.7 million people between the ages of 18 and 30 need to buy health insurance through the federal and state marketplaces to offset the health care needs of older Americans buying insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act. read more...

The Military's Hidden Mental Health Crisis: Spousal Trauma

i November 15 by Sarah Lazare

How the US military is failing partners with secondary trauma: Army wife Melissa Bourgeois hit her breaking point five years ago when she was living at a U.S. military base in Vicenza, Italy, with her husband, Eric, an infantryman. Eric was just back from a harrowing second deployment to Afghanistan marked by frequent firefights. Filled with an uncontrollable rage, he spent his nights self-medicating at bars with his war buddies. read more...

How Shootings Stigmatize People Living with Mental Illness

i September 20 by Michael J. Fitzpatrick

(CNN) -- When tragedies occur, such as the one at the Navy Yard in Washington this week, all Americans are deeply affected. They include the one in four American adults who experience mental health problems. That's approximately 60 million Americans. Their first reaction is much like that of anyone else: feelings of anger and anguish and wanting to know when such events will ever stop. read more...

Children of Rich Parents Suffering Increased Mental Health Problems

i September 20 by Martin Evans

The children of rich parents are put under so much pressure to succeed they are at an increased risk of suffering of mental illness, a study has claimed. Scientists found that children from homes with an annual income of more than £100,000 a-year were suffering anxiety and depression at twice the normal rate of their less well off peers. Researchers found issues such as eating disorders, drug abuse, neuroses and self harming were soaring among wealthy teenagers.read more...