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May 7, 2015

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May 7, 2015

Online Training Can Teach Psychotherapists Evidence-Based Treatments, Study Finds

May 5, 2015 — Psychotherapy treatments can lag years behind what research has shown to be effective because there simply are not enough clinicians trained in new methods. A new study proposes one solution to the ... read more

Some Children Lose Autism Diagnosis but Still Struggle

Apr. 26, 2015 — About one in 14 toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder no longer met the diagnostic criteria in elementary school, but most continued to have emotional/behavior symptoms and required ... read more

Borderline Personality Disorder as Debilitating as Bipolar Disorder, Experts Say

Apr. 23, 2015 — The deterioration of psychiatric and physical health caused by borderline personality disorder (BPD) rivals that of bipolar disorder, according to new research. Experts estimate that 1.6 percent of ... read more

Children With ADHD at Risk for Binge Eating, Study Shows

Apr. 22, 2015 — Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are significantly more likely to have an eating disorder -- a loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES) -- akin to binge eating, a ... read more

Verbal Therapy Could Block Consolidation of Fear Memories in Trauma Victims

Apr. 22, 2015 — A verbal 'updating' technique aimed at blocking the consolidation of traumatic memories could protect against the long-term psychological and physiological effects of trauma, according to ... read more

Personalizing Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Apr. 22, 2015 — Lithium is among the most effective therapies for bipolar disorder and remains the first-line treatment even as other mood stabilizing drugs have become available. But about half of the patients ... read more

Helping College Students Suffering from Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Apr. 22, 2015 — Is it possible to prevent mental health problems in higher education students? The answer is "yes" according to a team of psychologists who conducted a careful, systematic review of 103 ... read more

Death Rate from Alcohol, Drug Misuse in Former Prisoners Alarmingly High

Apr. 21, 2015 — Alcohol and drug misuse are responsible for around a third of all deaths in former male prisoners and half in female ex-prisoners, a new study of almost 48000 ex-prisoners has found. Moreover, the ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — In a promising breakthrough for smokers who are trying to quit, neuroscientists have identified circuitry in the brain responsible for the increased anxiety commonly experienced during withdrawal ... read more

Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Associated With Anxiety Symptoms in 3-Year-Olds

Apr. 21, 2015 — Three-year-old siblings exposed to antidepressants in pregnancy show increased anxiety symptoms compared to their unexposed siblings, researchers report. The study shows the importance of considering ... read more

Mindfulness-Based Therapy Could Offer an Alternative to Antidepressants for Preventing Depression Relapse

Apr. 20, 2015 — The results come from the first ever large study to compare mindfulness-based therapy – structured training for the mind and body which aims to change the way people think and feel about their ... read more

PTSD Common in ICU Survivors

Apr. 20, 2015 — Nearly one-quarter of ICU survivors suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research has found. They also identified possible triggers for PTSD and indicated a potential preventive ... read more

Two Drugs Reduce Teacher-Rated Anxiety, in Addition to ADHD, Aggression

Apr. 17, 2015 — The addition of risperidone to parent training and a stimulant also improves teachers’ assessments of anxiety and social avoidance, new research shows. Improvement in teacher-rated anxiety and ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — A licensed clinical psychologist is focusing on the ADHD-autism link to better understand why people with ADHD and autism may be more prone to substance abuse and, in the process, to develop more ... read more

Facebook Use Can Worsen, as Well as Improve, Mental Health Conditions

Apr. 14, 2015 — Facebook can help people recover from mental health problems but it needs to be used cautiously and strategically as it can also make symptoms worse, new research ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — A wristband that records motion throughout a 24-hour cycle may be an inexpensive, safe way to determine which patients with major depressive disorder will respond best to commonly prescribed drugs ... read more

Study Finds 1. 2 Percent of Preschoolers on Medicaid Use Psychotropic Drugs

Apr. 13, 2015 — 1.2 percent of American preschool children on Medicaid are using psychotropic drugs, including antidepressants, mood stabilizers and medications for attention-deficit disorder. Using 2000-2003 ... read more

Rural African-American Women Had Lower Rates of Depression, Mood Disorder

Apr. 8, 2015 — African-American women who live in rural areas have lower rates of major depressive disorder and mood disorder compared with their urban counterparts, while rural non-Hispanic white women have higher ... read more

Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases Co-Occur in Teenagers

Apr. 8, 2015 — Every third teenager has suffered from one mental disorder and one physical disease. These co-occurrences come in specific associations: More often than average, depression occurs together with ... read more

Strokes Can Double the Likelihood of Attempted Suicide

Apr. 8, 2015 — Stroke patients can be up to twice as likely to commit suicide compared with the rest of the population, and the risk of attempted suicide is highest within the first two years after a stroke. ... read more

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