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September 1, 2016

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September 1, 2016

High Rates of Suicide and Self-Harm Among Transgender Youth

Aug. 31, 2016 — In a new study, 30 percent of transgender youth report a history of at least one suicide attempt, and nearly 42 percent report a history of self-injury, such as cutting. The study also discovered a ... read more

Antipsychotic Medications Linked to Increased Risk of Pneumonia in Persons With Alzheimer's Disease

Aug. 30, 2016 — Antipsychotic medications are associated with an increased risk of pneumonia in persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to new research. The risk of pneumonia was the highest at the ... read more

Antipsychotic Medication Poses Little Risk to Developing Fetus

Aug. 17, 2016 — Researchers found that the use of APMs in pregnancy does not meaningfully increase the risk of congenital malformations or cardiac malformations, with the possible exception of ... read more

Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Chronic Pain

Aug. 16, 2016 — Both genetic factors and family environment contribute to risk for chronic pain, and contributions of many genes contribute to risk of both chronic pain and major depressive disorder (MDD), according ... read more

GPs' Uncertainty at Dealing With Those Bereaved by Suicide Revealed

Aug. 15, 2016 — Interviews with GPs of parents whose children have died by suicide have revealed a lack of knowledge and confidence on how best to respond to and support those ... read more

Study of Chinese Teens Examines Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs, Suicidal Behaviors

Aug. 15, 2016 — The nonmedical use of prescription drugs and the misuse of sedatives and opioids were associated with subsequent suicidal thoughts or attempts in a study of Chinese adolescents, according to a new ... read more

Study Finds One in Three Former ICU Patients Shows Symptoms of Depression

Aug. 15, 2016 — Almost one in three people discharged from hospital intensive care units has clinically important and persistent symptoms of depression, a so-called meta-analysis of reports on more than 4,000 ... read more

Work Productivity Is Key Factor in Assessing Recovery of Depressed Patients

Aug. 15, 2016 — While medications can quickly reduce depressive symptoms, monitoring work productivity can provide unique insight into whether a patient will require additional treatments to achieve long-term ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — Black adults rate school violence and racial inequities higher on their list of children's health concerns than other groups, a new national poll ... read more

Brain Study Confirms Gene Mutation Link to Psychiatric Disorders

Aug. 15, 2016 — Brain scans have revealed how a genetic mutation linked to major psychiatric disorders affects the structure, function and chemistry of the brain. The study offers further clues about how the ... read more

Correcting Metabolic Deficiencies May Improve Depression Symptoms

Aug. 12, 2016 — Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and even lead to remission, report ... read more

Exercise Can Tackle Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Aug. 12, 2016 — Aerobic exercise, such as treadmills and exercise bikes, in combination with their medication, can significantly help people coping with the long-term mental health condition schizophrenia, according ... read more

Is Depression in Parents, Grandparents Linked to Grandchildren's Depression?

Aug. 10, 2016 — Having both parents and grandparents with major depressive disorder (MDD) was associated with higher risk of MDD for grandchildren, which could help identify those who may benefit from early ... read more

Increased Risk Suicide Death Associated With Hospitalization for Infection

Aug. 10, 2016 — Being hospitalized with infection was associated with an increased risk of suicide death and the highest risk of suicide was among those individuals with hepatitis and HIV or AIDS, according to a ... read more

Reduced Activity of an Important Enzyme Identified Among Suicidal Patients

Aug. 9, 2016 — It is known that people who have attempted suicide have ongoing inflammation in their blood and spinal fluid. Now, a collaborative study shows that suicidal patients have a reduced activity of an ... read more

Aug. 9, 2016 — It is impossible to predict the onset of schizophrenic psychosis. If factors linked to a risk of psychosis can be identified, however, these may yield significant insights into its underlying ... read more

Some Psychotic Disorders May Be Induced by Drugs Designed to Combat Effects of Epilepsy

Aug. 8, 2016 — A new study indicates that antiepileptic drugs designed to reduce seizures, may also induce psychotic disorders in some ... read more

College Students Who Misuse Stimulants More Likely to Have ADHD, Substance-Use Disorder

Aug. 8, 2016 — A new study finds that college students who misuse stimulant drugs are more likely to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder or substance-use disorder than are students not ... read more

Combat Exposure May Jeopardize the Behavioral Health of Women in the Military

Aug. 2, 2016 — In a recent study, combat exposure among Army enlisted women was associated with an increased likelihood of developing behavioral health problems post-deployment, including post-traumatic stress ... read more

Psychiatry on Closed and Open Wards: The Suicide Risk Remains the Same

July 28, 2016 — In psychiatric clinics with an exclusively open-door policy, the risk of patients committing suicide or absconding from treatment is no higher than in clinics with locked wards. This has been ... read more

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