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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Children on Autism Spectrum More Likely to Wander, Disappear, Study Suggests

Feb. 4, 2016 — A new study suggests that more than one-quarter million school-age children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disorders wander away from adult supervision each ... read more

New Non-Invasive Form of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Works to Treat Depression

Feb. 4, 2016 — Depression can be a devastating and unremitting problem. Researchers now report successful reduction of depressive symptoms in patients using a novel non-invasive method of vagus nerve stimulation, ... read more

Association Among Childhood ADHD, Sex and Obesity

Feb. 4, 2016 — The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and ... read more

Anxiety Disorder Three Times More Likely Among Older Adults With COPD

Feb. 3, 2016 — The prevalence of past-year generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) for adults aged 50 and older with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is much higher compared to older adults without COPD (5.8 ... read more

'Schizophrenia' Does Not Exist, Argues Expert

Feb. 3, 2016 — The term 'schizophrenia,' with its connotation of hopeless chronic brain disease, should be dropped and replaced with something like 'psychosis spectrum syndrome,' argues a ... read more

Online Therapy Can Help Those Affected by Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Feb. 3, 2016 — Internet based cognitive behavioral therapy can help people affected by body dysmorphic disorder, finds a new study. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a common anxiety disorder that causes a person ... read more

Study May Offer Answers for Treating Depression in Alcoholics

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study is offering a glimmer of hope to alcoholics who find it hard to remain sober because their abstinence is hounded by stubborn, difficult-to-treat ... read more

No Link Found Between Subcortical Brain Volumes, Genetic Risk for Schizophrenia

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new study evaluated the relationship between common genetic variants implicated in schizophrenia and those associated with subcortical brain volumes, and found no evidence of genetic overlap ... read more

Teen Suicide: ADHD Medication as Prevention

Feb. 1, 2016 — Black-box warnings about the dangers of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are confusing and could have serious consequences for the risk of youth suicide, according to ... read more

Significant Number of Young People With Undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder

Jan. 29, 2016 — Around 10 percent of UK primary care patients prescribed antidepressants for depression or anxiety have undiagnosed bipolar disorder, a study has ... read more

Victimized Adolescents More at Risk of Thinking About Suicide or Attempting Suicide at 15

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new study reports that adolescents chronically victimized during at least two school years, are about five times more at risk of thinking about suicide and six times more at risk of attempting ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new treatment has shown benefits for reducing the symptoms associated with chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and associated depression, a team of psychiatrists has found. For Trigeminal Nerve ... read more

Neuroticism Predicts Anxiety, Depression Disorders

Jan. 27, 2016 — For the first time, research has found that young people who are high on the personality trait of neuroticism are highly likely to develop both anxiety and depression ... read more

Child Abuse Exposure, Suicidal Ideation in Canadian Military, General Population

Jan. 27, 2016 — Military personnel in Canada were more likely to have had exposure to child abuse than individuals in the general population and that exposure was associated with an increased risk of suicidal ... read more

Twenty-Five-Point Drop in IQ Caused by Lack of Gene Copy

Jan. 27, 2016 — Even in study participants whose IQ was considered to be normal, the researchers found a substantial 25 points IQ drop induced by 16p11.2 gene ... read more

Incidence of Psychiatric Disorders Has Increased in a Shrinking Population of Smokers

Jan. 26, 2016 — While cigarette smoking rates have declined among younger people in the United States, those who do smoke are more likely to have a psychiatric or substance use disorder compared with those who began ... read more

Computer Modeling Provides Insight Into Cellular-Level Effects of Schizophrenia Risk Genes

Jan. 21, 2016 — Numerous genetic variants associated with risk for schizophrenia have been identified. However, little is known about how these genes have their effects in the ... read more

Chronic Stress, Anxiety Can Damage the Brain, Increase Risk of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Jan. 21, 2016 — People need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, a new scientific review paper ... read more

Childhood Trauma Associated With Worse Impulse Control in Adulthood, Study Finds

Jan. 20, 2016 — The scars of childhood abuse and neglect affect adults' brains for decades to come -- including their ability to process and act on information both quickly and accurately, new research ... read more

Genetics, Environment Impact Familial Depression

Jan. 20, 2016 — Building on a 30-year, three-generation study of depressed individuals, their children and offspring, a new study provides a better understanding of the familial risk for depression and the role ... read more

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