Cannabis Helpful for Drug Addiction, Mental Health Disorders? Pauline Anderson Preliminary evidence suggests cannabis may be useful in the treatment of substance use disorders, possibly serving as an effective, but less harmful, substitute for pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, with more acceptable side effects. However, at least one expert is sceptical. A new review suggests that rather than acting as a “gateway” to READ MORE

Depression: Brain Centers Affected By Mental Illness Analyzed In Study New research has unearthed more clues to help understand the physical cause for depression. Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Warwick and the Fudan University in China found that the part of the brain involved in non-reward is linked to depression. The study published Friday in the journal Brain found that the lateral orbitofrontal READ MORE

Are you a workaholic? You might be more likely to suffer from OCD, anxiety and depression By Nicole Bogart If you are guilty of putting in extra hours at the office, compulsively checking your work email, or allowing your life to constantly revolve around work, you may be more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders like depression, according to a new study. READ MORE

After age 40, volunteering linked to enhanced mental health By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Volunteer work may be good for your mental wellbeing, but only after age 40, according to a new study. “There is a general consensus that volunteering is beneficial to everyone regardless of the age,” said lead author Dr. Faiza Tabassum of Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute at the READ MORE

From ketamine to cupboard therapy: the future of mental health treatment With big pharma short on solutions, we talk to people pioneering new ways to beat conditions including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia Once upon a time, the future of mental health treatment was drugs. The advent of Prozac and whole class of similar medication in the 1990s gave doctors an easy option and big pharma easy READ MORE