Skip to main content

Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Celebrating 75 Years! Learn More >>

Science News

Swarm of human immunodeficiency virus. Credit: istock/fpm.
Decades of Dedication and Collaboration: Unraveling the HIV Mystery

75th Anniversary

In celebration of NIMHs 75th anniversary, we reflect on decades of work by the institute to understand and eradicate HIV.

Photo from the back of a child holding tightly to and leaning on a parent's arm.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Alters Brain Activity in Children With Anxiety

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health found that unmedicated children with anxiety disorders show widespread overactivation in brain functioning and that treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy led to a clinically significant drop in anxiety symptoms and improved brain functioning.

Illustration of an X chromosome cut open to expose a piece of the DNA strand.
Researchers Expand Understanding of Genetic Mechanisms Underlying Fragile X Syndrome

An NIMH-supported study of the 3D genome revealed widespread silencing of genes with important roles in brain function in fragile X syndrome and related disorders.

NIMH leadership and presenters posing for a group photo at NIMH's inaugural 75th Anniversary symposium.
NIMH Hosts 75th Anniversary Symposium

75th Anniversary

The National Institute of Mental Health recently hosted a symposium to kick off its 75th Anniversary celebrations.

Brain made up of glowing, connected lights.
Using Games to Explore the Mind

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the non-profit organization The Many Brains Project partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program to adapt a series of new game-like tasks that are now part of the All of Us Research Program’s participant experience.

Group of diverse people without faces, several of whom are grayed out.
Disparities in Psychotic Disorder Diagnoses and Other Negative Health Outcomes

NIMH researchers found racial and ethnic disparities in rates of psychotic disorders, which were associated with co-occurring medical conditions and negative health outcomes.

Image of brain using color to show the strength of electric field generated through MST.
Magnetic Seizure Therapy as Effective as Electroconvulsive Therapy for Treating Depression

This clinical trial found that MST is equally effective at reducing depression symptoms as ECT, but with fewer side effects.

Spatial distribution of diverse cell types in the mouse brain. Here, MERFISH was used to measure 500 genes in the mouse brain to reveal the complex distribution of cell types throughout the brain. Courtesy of Yao/van Velthoven/Zeng, Allen Institute.
Scientists Unveil Complete Cell Map of a Whole Mammalian Brain

For the first time ever, an international team of researchers has created a complete cell atlas of a whole mammalian brain.

Dressed in a white shirt and red tie, Josh Santana smiles with the Boston cityscape behind him.
The Ups and Downs of Bipolar Disorder

75th Anniversary

Josh Santana shares his story of growing up with ADHD and bipolar disorder.

Kristina Saffran sitting on a chair smiling.
Life Beyond Anorexia Nervosa

75th Anniversary

An in-depth look at Kristina Saffran's journey with Anorexia Nervosa.