Rhitu Chatterjee

Rhitu Chatterjee appears in the following:

Why Sitting For Long Periods Can Affect Teens' Mental Health

Monday, February 17, 2020

A new study finds that sitting still is linked to a higher risk of depression among teens, but even an hour of light physical activity every day reduces the risk of depression by 10%.


Life Kit: Living With Postpartum Depression

Saturday, February 15, 2020

About 1 in 7 women go through pregnancy and postpartum feeling depressed. NPR's Life Kit team has tips on how to recognize the symptoms and where to look for help.


Life Expectancy Rose Slightly In 2018, As Drug Overdose Deaths Fell

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The turnaround is welcome news after rising drug overdose and suicide rates had pushed life expectancy down since 2014. Could America be turning the tide on opioid addiction?


Menopause Can Start Younger Than You Think: Here's What You Need To Know

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Would you recognize the signs that your body is going through the big hormonal changes that lead to menopause? Here's what to look for — and what you can do about it.


As Menopause Nears, Be Aware It Can Trigger Depression And Anxiety, Too

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Women with a history of depression and anxiety are at a higher risk of having a flare-up during the time leading up to menopause. And getting doctors to take the issue seriously can be challenging.


'A Lifeline' For Doctors Helps Them Treat Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Nearly 1 in 7 women suffers from depression during pregnancy or postpartum. But very few get treatment. Doctors in Massachusetts have a new way to get them help.


California Will Enforce The Energy-Efficient Lightbulb Rule Trump Wants To Reverse

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

California and other states are challenging the Trump administration over its reversal of standards for energy-efficient lightbulbs.


Efforts To Stop Suicide Will Get A Boost In 2020

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The new federal budget has more money for a national suicide prevention hotline, and the Federal Communications Commission says it will designate a 3-digit dialing code to call it.


New Report Shows That An Alarming Number Of Children Are Being Poisoned By Opioids

Friday, December 20, 2019

A new study finds that children are being poisoned by opioids, and a growing number of them in recent years are ending up in pediatric ICUs for lifesaving procedures.


Western Individualism May Have Roots In The Medieval Church's Obsession With Incest

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Researchers combed Vatican archives to find records of how ancient church policies restricting whom one could marry shaped Western values and family structures today.


CDC: Childhood Trauma Is A Public Health Issue And We Can Do More To Prevent It

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

What happens to you in childhood can affect your health for a lifetime. New data show a link between childhood trauma and disease later in life. Prevention is critical, public health experts say.


Some Pregnant Women Use Weed For Morning Sickness But FDA Cautions Against It

Monday, October 28, 2019

Use of the drug during pregnancy has been linked to higher risk for premature birth and low birth weight. But some women with severe nausea feel they're out of other options.


CDC Finds Rising Suicide Rates For Young People

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A new report by the CDC finds that death rates by suicide have increased for 10-to-24 year-olds between 2007 and 2017.


Changing Your Diet Can Help Tamp Down Depression, Boost Mood

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Depression symptoms dropped significantly in a group of young adults who ate a Mediterranean-style diet for three weeks. It's the latest study to show that food can influence mental health.


Going Through Menopause? NPR Wants To Hear From You

Friday, September 27, 2019

The transition into menopause can last a few years and cause many changes, including to your mental health. Share your experience with us.


Stressed Out By Politics? Here's How To Keep Caring Without Losing Your Cool

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Surveys show today's political climate is affecting people's mood, relationships and health. How do you stay engaged with democracy without letting the stress ruin your day?


'Tip Of The Iceberg' — 1 In 16 Women Reports First Sexual Experience As Rape

Monday, September 16, 2019

The average age of those who were raped was around 15, and their assailants were typically older partners. Women who were raped had a greater likelihood of long-term health problems.


How A Proposed 3-Digit Suicide Hotline Could Help Prevention Efforts

Friday, September 13, 2019

The current suicide hotline — 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255 — has helped many people. But it's long and tough to remember in a crisis. The FCC is proposing a new national, three-digit number.


3-Digit Hotline Aims To Assist In Suicide Prevention

Friday, September 13, 2019

The FCC plans to create a three-digit number as a national suicide prevention hotline, and it would increase access to mental health care. Advocates say more funding is needed.


Lengthy Detention Of Migrant Children May Create Lasting Trauma, Say Researchers

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Trump administration is trying to legalize indefinite detention of migrant families. But detention can be emotionally crushing for kids, leading to long-term mental health problems like PTSD.