New figures reveal that the NHS in England spent more than £270m on antidepressants last year - a massive 23% increase on 2010. The health service spent almost £1m a week more on the drugs than the year before.
Queen's University Belfast researchers say suicide rate of middle-aged men has near-doubled since Good Friday accord.
Prof Mike Tomlinson of the QUB school of sociology, social policy and social work said many people at end of the Troubles failed to cope with "the transition to peace".
"[This] means that externalised aggression is no longer socially approved. It becomes internalised instead," the authors wrote in the journal International Sociology.
Tomlinson pointed out that in the decade from the Good Friday agreement those most affected coped "by means of mass medication with anti-depressants, alcohol and non-prescription drugs", which had increased dramatically in the period of peace.
"The puzzle is, why have we seen a dramatic increase in the [suicide] rate since 1998? What this research reveals for the first time is that the age groups with the highest suicide rates are the cohort who were children during the worst years of the violence."
In patients with hoarding disorder, parts of a decision-making brain circuit under-activated when dealing with others' possessions, but over-activated when deciding whether to keep or discard their own things, a new study has found.
During the last decade, motivational interviewing has been found to help individuals break substance abuse addictions, stay on diets, and improve overall health and well-being
A new study finds that the technique facilitates traditional psychotherapy for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
In the study, researchers determined the brief intervention, delivered over the phone, was significantly more effective than a simple “check-in” call in getting Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with mental health diagnoses to begin treatment for their conditions.
It revealed in a series of experiments (with rats) that sleep deprivation of approximately six hours immediately after exposure to a traumatic event reduces the development of post trauma-like behavioral responses.
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