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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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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 […]

Children's Health

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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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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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 […]