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February 20, 2017

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February 20, 2017

Feb. 2, 2017 — The first peer-reviewed and published national study of civic service among U.S. vets who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan found volunteering improved their health and social ... read more

Parents of Children With Serious Heart Defects May Be at Risk of PTSD

Feb. 1, 2017 — Many parents -- particularly mothers -- of children born with serious heart defects have symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety or depression. Since compromised parental mental health can lead to ... read more

Early Signs of Anxiety, Depression May Be Evident in the Brains of Newborns

Feb. 1, 2017 — Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a new ... read more

Scientists Uncover Possible Therapeutic Targets for Rare Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jan. 31, 2017 — Researchers have uncovered 30 genes that could, one day, serve as therapeutic targets to reverse Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects only girls and is a severe form of an autism ... read more

Simple Intervention Proves Effective in Reducing Suicide Among Active-Duty Soldiers

Jan. 31, 2017 — A new study's findings show there was a 75 percent reduction in suicide attempts among participants who engaged in crisis response planning versus a contract for safety. Crisis response planning ... read more

Posttraumatic Stress and Alcohol Use Disorders Hit American-Indian, Alaskan-Native Men the Hardest

Jan. 27, 2017 — Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a traumatic event or events. Although it is most often associated with military personnel exposed to the trauma of combat, it can also ... read more

Common Medication Restores Social Deficits in Autism Mouse Model

Jan. 26, 2017 — Reducing the function of the autism-associated gene Pcdh10 leads to impairments in social behavior, according to a study. Reducing Pcdh10 function also disrupted the structure and function of ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — A volume decrease in specific parts of the brain's hippocampus -- long identified as a hub of mood and memory processing -- was linked to bipolar disorder in a new ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — A functional MRI brain scan may help predict which patients will respond positively to antidepressant therapy, according to a new ... read more

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Distinct from Other Mood Disorders, Brain Studies Suggest

Jan. 24, 2017 — On the surface, postpartum depression looks much like other forms of depression. New mothers struggling with it often withdraw from family and friends, lose their appetites, and of course, feel sad ... read more

Lung Cancer Patients With Anxiety, Depression Die Sooner

Jan. 24, 2017 — Patients who experience anxiety and depression after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer are more likely to die sooner, according to new ... read more

Mindfulness Meditation Training Lowers Biomarkers of Stress Response in Anxiety Disorder

Jan. 24, 2017 — Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, clinical trial has found ... read more

Novel Underlying Mechanism Involved in PTSD and Other Anxiety Disorders Described

Jan. 23, 2017 — A novel mechanism has been identified for how stress-induced anxiety -- which can produce post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD -- affects circuit function in the hippocampus, the area of the brain ... read more

Nicotine Normalizes Brain Activity Deficits That Are Key to Schizophrenia

Jan. 23, 2017 — A steady stream of nicotine normalizes genetically-induced impairments in brain activity associated with schizophrenia, according to new research. The finding sheds light on what causes the disease ... read more

Teenagers Who Access Mental Health Services See Significant Improvements, Study Shows

Jan. 19, 2017 — Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence than those with ... read more

Mothers of Socially Anxious Children Take Involvement to the Next Level

Jan. 18, 2017 — When mothers of children with social anxiety disorder try to support their children, it often backfires. The results of an experiment involving building difficult puzzles indicate that, even at home, ... read more

Genetic Discovery Provides New Insight Into Cognitive Disorders

Jan. 17, 2017 — An international team of scientists has unlocked some of the genes responsible for cognitive ability.The findings bring scientists a step closer to developing new -- and potentially better -- ... read more

Treatment Strategy Provides Mental Health Benefits to War Trauma Survivors

Jan. 13, 2017 — A study shows that a certain intervention called testimony therapy plus ceremony reduced symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression among Khmer Rouge torture survivors from ... read more

In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated With Excessive Video Gaming

Jan. 12, 2017 — Teenagers who play video games for more than four hours a day suffer from symptoms of depression, but frequent use of social media and instant messaging may mitigate symptoms of game addiction in ... read more

Study Unveils How Stress May Increase Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Jan. 11, 2017 — Heightened activity in the amygdala - a region of the brain involved in stress - is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new ... read more

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