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A ‘party drug’ with potential to be the next blockbuster antidepressant is edging closer to the mainstream, but it could set you back $9,0...

Once dismissed as a "party drug," ketamine is emerging as a potential alternative treatment for depression.

DNA tests that cost as much as $750 claim to tell you which antidepressant is best for you, but scientists say they’re not worth the money

Some DNA testing kits claim to tell you how well you'll respond to certain antidepressants based on your genes. Last month, Silicon Valley startup Color Genomics added one of the tests to its list of services. But some scientists say the tests aren't worth it yet.
23andMe Co-Founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki

The CEO of Silicon Valley DNA testing startup 23andMe shares the health product she hopes to sell next

23andMe CEO and founder Anne Wojcicki shared this week that she hoped the company would "bring back" a test designed to help you choose a specific kind of medication based on your DNA. "When we bring it back, we have a complete product," she said.

Most rehabs don’t offer a science-backed treatment for drug addiction. A new initiative aims to change that.

There's a science-backed treatment for drug addiction that works, researchers say, but it's nearly impossible to get. A new program focused on residential treatment centers looks at whether providers meet a commonly-used rubric for grading addiction treatment.
Psychedelics like DMT mirror near-death experiences with surprising accuracy.

The psychedelic drug that’s incredibly popular in Silicon Valley mirrors a near-death experience, and researchers are figuring out how it works

Ayahuasca's psychoactive ingredient, DMT, has effects very similar to those people feel when they have a near-death experience. These effects may be linked to or responsible for some of the long-term psychological improvements in well-being that researchers have seen with psychedelic use.
Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

Trump now claims migrant children will be reunited with their families. Here are the lifelong psychological consequences these kids face.

No one is sure how to reunite more than 2,300 separated children with their parents. Researchers have identified many ways the trauma of family separation and detention can affect children.
A four-year-old boy weeps in the arms of a family member as he and others were apprehended by border patrol agents after illegally crossing into the U.S. border from Mexico near McAllen, Texas, U.S., May 2, 2018.

Separating kids from parents at the border mirrors a ‘textbook strategy’ of domestic abuse, experts say — and causes irreversible, l...

The US policy could cause "irreversible harm" to children's development and mental health, as well as to the mental health of their parents. Negative impacts could last throughout people's lives and even be passed on to future generations.

How playing video games affects your body and brain

Do video games cause violence or aggression? Are they addictive? Are they good ways to relax? Scientific research can help answer these questions about gaming.

‘Gaming disorder’ has been classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization — here’s what that means

The classification is meant to help clinical professionals define the point at which playing video games becomes problematic. That could help individuals who feel they are struggling with gaming get treatment. However, defining gaming as a mental health condition is still controversial.

Loneliness may be a greater public health hazard than obesity — here are 4 psychology-backed tips to combat it

Many experts think that loneliness is a health problem that should be considered an epidemic. Researchers have suggested that communities and workplaces take a bigger role in combatting loneliness, but there are also important steps individuals can take.