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August 3, 2015

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August 3, 2015

Depression, Personality Disorders Drive Psych Patients to Euthanasia

July 27, 2015 — Depression and personality disorders are the most common diagnoses among Belgian psychiatric patients requesting help to die, on the grounds of unbearable suffering, finds new ... read more

Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders Not as Important as Outcomes

July 24, 2015 — Nailing the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder may not be important in prescribing effective treatment, according a clinical researcher. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly ... read more

Scientists Identify Schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' Gene

July 23, 2015 — A breakthrough reveals gene's influence in a vulnerable period of the brain's development. Researchers hope it could offer a therapeutic target for reversing the disease. There is ... read more

New Insights Into the Circuitry of PTSD, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

July 23, 2015 — Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have devastating consequences. Both are associated with high rates of disability and suicide, and although they are separate ... read more

Coping by Avoidance in Making Decisions for Relatives in ICU May Lead to PTSD

July 22, 2015 — Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an intensive care unit may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a new ... read more

First Assessment for Grieving Youth Developed

July 22, 2015 — The first test ever constructed to assess Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder—a problematic syndrome of grief—has been released by researchers. Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder (PCBD) ... read more

Some Vietnam Vets Currently Have PTSD 40 Years After War Ended, Study Finds

July 22, 2015 — While it has been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended, about 271,000 veterans who served in the war zone are estimated to have current full posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) plus subthreshold ... read more

Manipulating Molecule in the Brain Improves Stress Response, New Target for Depression Treatment

July 21, 2015 — Increasing the levels of a signaling molecule found in the brain can positively alter response to stress, revealing a potential new therapeutic target for treatment of depression, researchers ... read more

New Treatment for Severe Depression With Far Fewer Side Effects

July 21, 2015 — Electroconvulsive therapy remains one of the most effective treatments for severe depression, but new research shows ultra-brief pulse stimulation is almost as effective as standard ECT, with far ... read more

Acupuncture Impacts Same Biologic Pathways in Rats That Pain Drugs Target in Humans

July 21, 2015 — In animal models, acupuncture appears to impact the same biologic pathways ramped up by pain and stress, analogous to what drugs do in humans. The researchers say their animal study provides the ... read more

Transgender Youth Have Typical Hormone Levels

July 21, 2015 — Researchers who provide care for the largest number of trans youth in the US have enrolled 101 patients in a study to determine the safety and efficacy of treatment that helps patients bring their ... read more

Juvenile Inmates Have More Mental Health Hospitalizations, Study Finds

July 21, 2015 — Juvenile inmates are much more likely to be hospitalized for mental health problems than children and teenagers who are not incarcerated, according to a new ... read more

Autism, ADHD Run High in Children of Chemically Intolerant Mothers

July 20, 2015 — Mothers with chemical intolerances are two to three times more likely than other women to have a child with a autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to ... read more

Eating Disorders: Ovarian Hormones Play Genes Like a Fiddle, Research Finds

July 15, 2015 — A complex relationship between genes, hormones and social factors can lead to eating disorders in women. An eating disorder expert has made monumental strides in deciphering how these factors ... read more

'Housing First' Can Reduce Alcohol Problems for Homeless People With Mental Illness

July 15, 2015 — A 'Housing First' approach can reduce alcohol-related problems among homeless people with mental illness, a study ... read more

Success in Adulthood Linked to Childhood Psychiatric Health

July 15, 2015 — Children with even mild or passing bouts of depression, anxiety and/or behavioral issues were more inclined to have serious problems that complicated their ability to lead successful lives as adults, ... read more

Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed

July 15, 2015 — Depression can be detected from your smartphone sensor data by tracking the number of minutes you use the phone and your daily geographical locations, reports a new study. The more time you spend ... read more

Combined Use of Antidepressants and Painkillers Linked to Bleeding Risk

July 14, 2015 — Taking a combination of antidepressants and common painkillers is associated with an increased risk of bleeding soon after starting treatment, finds a new study. The researchers say their results may ... read more

Dads' Parenting of Children With Autism Improves Moms' Mental Health

July 14, 2015 — Fathers who read to, care for children with autism at 9 months reduce mothers' levels of depression and stress when children reach age ... read more

Antidepressant Trials Exclude Most 'Real World' Patients With Depression

July 14, 2015 — More than 80 percent of people with depression in the general population aren't eligible for clinical trials of antidepressant drugs, according to a new ... read more

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