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Brain scan before antidepressant therapy may predict response

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO) – A functional MRI brain scan may help predict which patients will respond positively to antidepressant therapy, according to a new study published in the journal Brain. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan performed fMRI scans on patients with major depressive disorder who were […]

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PTSD Research News: Researchers detail novel underlying mechanism involved in PTSD and other anxiety disorders

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM) – University of Alabama at Birmingham neurobiologist Lynn Dobrunz, Ph.D., has discovered a novel mechanism for how stress-induced anxiety — the type of experience that can produce post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD — affects circuit function in the hippocampus, the area of the brain where aversive memories are formed. These studies […]

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Depression Treatment News: Patients recovering from depression show improvements in memory from the drug modafinil

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE) – Modafinil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy – excessive daytime sleepiness – can improve memory in patients recovering from depression, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in the journal Biological Psychiatry: CNNI, result from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study and offer hope of a […]

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Schizophrenia Research News: Schizophrenia could directly increase risk of diabetes

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(SOURCE: KING’S COLLEGE LONDON) – People with early schizophrenia are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, even when the effects of antipsychotic drugs, diet and exercise are taken out of the equation, according to an analysis by researchers from King’s College London. Schizophrenia is known to be associated with a reduced life expectancy of up […]

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Mental Health News: Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reports

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS) – A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand. The review, reported in the journal Psychological Bulletin, challenges the idea that personality traits are […]

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Depression Treatment News: Game your brain to treat depression, studies suggest

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES/UW MEDICINE) – Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms. “We found that moderately depressed people do better with apps like this because they address or treat correlates of depression,” said […]

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Mental Health Research: Antidepressant side effects reported more by patients with co-occurring panic disorder

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO) – Patients who take medication for depression report more side effects if they also suffer from panic disorder, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The researchers looked at data from 808 patients with chronic depression who were […]

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Mental Health Research: Study IDs Key Indicators Linking Violence and Mental Illness

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(SOURCE: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY) – New research from North Carolina State University, RTI International, Arizona State University and Duke University Medical Center finds a host of factors that are associated with subsequent risk of adults with mental illness becoming victims or perpetrators of violence. The work highlights the importance of interventions to treat mental-health problems in […]

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Depressed children respond differently to rewards than other kids

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(SOURCE: WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) – For many children, December often is linked to presents and excitement, but when a young child doesn’t seem all that enthused about getting gifts, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Measuring brain waves, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that clinically […]

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New biomarker is higher in suicide attempters and associated with stress response

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(SOURCE: LUND UNIVERSITY) – Researchers at Lund and Malmö universities in Sweden have measured a biomarker in cell-free blood plasma which can be linked to an overactive stress system in suicidal individuals. This biomarker can hopefully be used in future psychiatric studies. “We don’t expect the marker to be able to predict who will try to […]

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Neuroimaging Categorizes Four Depression Subtypes

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(SOURCE: WEILL CORNELL MEDICINE) – Patients with depression can be categorized into four unique subtypes defined by distinct patterns of abnormal connectivity in the brain, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine. In a collaborative study published Dec. 5 in Nature Medicine, Dr. Conor Liston MD ’08, an assistant professor of neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain […]

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Study Finds Individual Therapy Relieves PTSD Symptoms Better Than Group Therapy

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(DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) According to a recent press release, although both group and individual therapy can ease post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in active-duty military service members, individual therapy relieved PTSD symptoms better and quicker, according to a study led by a Duke University School of Medicine researcher.

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Schizophrenia Research News: Key Study Identifies Rare Genetic Variations Linked to Schizophrenia

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(UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – SAN DIEGO) According to a recent press release, many of the genetic variations that increase risk for schizophrenia are rare, making it difficult to study their role in the disease. To overcome this, the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, an international team led by Jonathan Sebat, PhD, at University of California San Diego […]

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Schizophrenia News: Neurocognitive Symptoms May Provide Early Warning Signs of Schizophrenia

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(BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER) According to a recent press release, while schizophrenia is best known for episodes of psychosis – a break with reality during which an individual may experience delusions and hallucinations – it is also marked by chronic neurocognitive deficits, such as problems with memory and attention.

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Mental Health News: Researchers Identify Common Sets of Genes Disrupted in Certain Mental Disorders

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(HopkinsMedicine / EurekAlert) According to a recent press release, while studying brain tissue from deceased donors, Johns Hopkins scientists have found common groups of genes disrupted among people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. The commonly affected genes sets, identified with RNA sequencing methods, engage in making proteins, controlling brain cell communications and mounting […]

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Male Teens with Elevated Heart Rates and Blood Pressure May be at Risk for Developing Psychiatric Disorders Later in Life

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(THE JAMA NETWORK JOURNALS / EurekAlert) According to a recent JAMA Psychiatry press release, higher resting heart rate and higher blood pressure in late adolescence were found to be associated with an increased risk in men for the subsequent development of obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.