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November 29, 2015

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November 29, 2015

Adults With OCD Can Benefit from Exposure Therapy When Common Drug Treatment Options Fail, Study Finds

Nov. 11, 2015 — Patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can improve their symptoms significantly by adding exposure and response prevention therapy to their treatment regimen when common drug treatment ... read more

Better Options for People With Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

Nov. 6, 2015 — In real-world settings, patients with schizophrenia whose symptoms do not respond to standard antipsychotic medications have better outcomes if they are switched to clozapine instead of another ... read more

Brain Imaging Reveals Possible Depression Signature in Traumatic Brain Injury

Nov. 5, 2015 — Individuals with depression in addition to traumatic brain injury (TBI) are prone to poorer recovery, reductions in cognitive performance, greater functional disability, increased suicide attempts ... read more

Expert System for Early Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Nov. 5, 2015 — The opinion of a qualified professional is unlikely to be replaced by a computer algorithm for the diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, additional medical evidence based on such an algorithm might be ... read more

As Menopause Approaches, Fluctuating Estrogen Increases Sensitivity to Stress, Depression

Nov. 4, 2015 — If you're feeling a little blue during the transition to menopause, there's good reason. A study from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ... read more

Lack of Exercise Linked to Alcohol Misuse

Nov. 2, 2015 — A large-scale survey of African-American men and women found that those who rarely or never exercised had about twice the odds of abusing alcohol than those who exercised frequently, a finding that ... read more

Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Benefits People With Depression, Anxiety

Nov. 2, 2015 — Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) combined with clinical care has been shown to benefit people with depression, anxiety and emotional distress from illness, according to an ... read more

Hypersexual Disorder Linked to Overactive Stress Systems

Nov. 2, 2015 — Hypersexual disorder – known popularly as sex addiction – can be linked to hyperactive stress systems, new research shows. In a stress regulation test using the cortisone drug dexamethasone, men ... read more

Self-Injury: Raising the Profile of a Dangerous Behavior

Oct. 30, 2015 — Nonsuicidal self-injury is not officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as a mental disorder, which means insurance may not cover treatment - despite estimates that ... read more

Oct. 29, 2015 — A new study is among the first to show how bipolar disorder affects neurons in the brain, noting fundamental differences in patient cells. Moreover, this study reveals why some patients respond to ... read more

Reduced Activity of a Brain Protein Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Oct. 27, 2015 — People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have reduced activity of the protein serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) in their prefrontal cortices, and experimentally reducing the ... read more

Depression Too Often Reduced to a Checklist of Symptoms

Oct. 23, 2015 — How can you tell if someone is depressed? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) -- the 'bible' of psychiatry -- diagnoses depression when patients tick off a ... read more

Children in Foster Care Three Times More Likely to Have ADHD Diagnosis

Oct. 23, 2015 — Researchers already knew that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder was the most common behavioral health diagnosis among children enrolled in Medicaid. A new study found that children in foster ... read more

Antipsychotics Use Among Older Adults Increases With Age

Oct. 21, 2015 — Researchers find antipsychotic use among older adults increases with age despite known health risks. In 2010, more than three quarters of seniors receiving an antipsychotic prescription had no ... read more

Mathematically Modeling the Mind

Oct. 20, 2015 — A new model represents how the mind processes sequential memory and may help understand psychiatric ... read more

First Mouse Model of Spontaneous Depression-Like Episodes Shows New Candidate Brain Region

Oct. 20, 2015 — A mouse strain with a mutation that leads to dysfunction of mitochondria -- the 'powerhouses' that provide energy to cells -- spontaneously undergo periodic episodes of depression-like ... read more

Burnout, Depression: Two Entities or One?

Oct. 19, 2015 — Burnout and depression overlap considerably, according to the latest study on the subject. The findings are based on a survey taken by 1,386 public school teachers, from pre-K to 12th grade across ... read more

High-Fat Diet May Cause Changes in Brain That Lead to Anxiety, Depression

Oct. 19, 2015 — A new study in mice reveals that increased body weight and high blood sugar as a result of consuming a high-fat diet may cause anxiety and depressive symptoms and measurable changes in the ... read more

Oct. 16, 2015 — A new study is the first to find that immune cells are more active in the brains of people at risk of schizophrenia as well as those already diagnosed with the ... read more

New Clinical Guideline to Help Clinicians Treat Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders

Oct. 14, 2015 — A new clinical practice guideline provides clinicians with updated recommendations for the treatment of intrinsic circadian rhythm sleep-wake ... read more

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