Of the new cases of anorexia nervosa diagnosed, most were in young women (91 per cent). Photograph: iStock

Eleven Irish pre-teens are diagnosed with anorexia nervosa each year, according to the authors of a new study. Children as young as eight are being d(...)

Anorexia affects between 1 per cent to 2 per cent of women and 0.2-0.4 per cent of men. It has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Photograph: iStock

Anorexia is at least partly a metabolic disorder and not just psychiatric as previously thought, new research suggests. The genetic basis of anorexia(...)

About 70 per cent of people with schizophrenia hear voices, and medication is ineffective for about 30 per cent of patients in treating these verbal hallucinations

Scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in treating schizophrenia by helping patients train themselves to control verbal hallucinations using(...)

Previously the fact that people with psychotic mental illnesses are more likely to smoke has been put down to non-causal factors, such as obtaining relief from distress or self-medication. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Chemicals in tobacco may help trigger serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, a study suggests. New research shows that smoking can triple the(...)

The study published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal  found the potent form of the Class B drug led to a three-times higher risk of psychosis in casual users, rising to a five-fold risk in those who used it every day. Photograph: Thinkstock

A powerful “skunk-like” cannabis is associated with one in four new cases of psychosis, a study has found.Scientists at King’s College London also fou(...)