Genetic Markers Linked to Schizophrenia

The causes of mental illnesses are often obscured in a cloud of of environmental, genetic, and personal factors. Now, one study has uncovered a framework for the genetic portion of schizophrenia. The study, published this week in the journal Nature…

40 Patients Escape From Kenyan Mental Hospital

According to a BBC News report, forty mentally ill patients have broken out of a mental hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. The patients reportedly escaped by overpowering guards at the facility after a protest about their medications. Kenyan police have told…

Mental Health Linked to Childhood Stress in Mice

A new study has found a link between a stress-induced hormone in adolescence and genetic changes that can cause severe mental illness. The study, published recently in the journal Science, could lead to new treatments for schizophrenia, severe depression, or…

Mental Health Could Be Affected By Social Isolation, Shows Study

A new study suggests that isolation can result in reduced production of myelin – a protective nerve fiber – and could contribute to developing mental illness. Myelin acts as an “insulating material” around the areas of nerve cells that send…