Study Finds that a Single Gene is Responsible for OCD-Like Behavior in Mice

Researchers at the Ansary Stem Cell Institute and the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College discovered that mice missing a single gene developed repetitive obsessive-compulsive-like behaviors. The genetically altered mice, which behaved much like people with a certain type of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), could help scientists design new therapies for this debilitating condition.…

Mental Health Providers Should Promote Exercise for Those with Depression and Anxiety

Exercise is a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers, according to researchers who analyzed the results of numerous published studies. “Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health,” says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research…

Stroke Patients Experience Better Depression Recovery When Given Psychosocial Therapy

Recovering from a stroke can be a tumultuous time for anyone, especially if recovery includes extensive therapy or even permanent damage. Now, a new study demonstrates the value delivered in psychological therapy combined with medication. According to a Science Daily report, adding psychosocial therapy improved depression scores short term. In addition, these improvements were sustained…