Mental Health Medical Research News and Information

See below for updated news and information regarding mental health conditions including new research, treatments and advancements. 

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Brain scan before antidepressant therapy may predict response

(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 to begin antidepressant therapy. Those ...
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PTSD Research News: Researchers detail novel underlying mechanism involved in PTSD and other anxiety disorders

(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 by Dobrunz and colleagues fill ...
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Depression Treatment News: Patients recovering from depression show improvements in memory from the drug modafinil

(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 treatment for some of the ...
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Schizophrenia Research News: Schizophrenia could directly increase risk of diabetes

(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 to 30 years. This is ...
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Mental Health News: Counseling, antidepressants change personality (for the better), team reports

(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 established at birth or in ...
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Depression Treatment News: Game your brain to treat depression, studies suggest

(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 Patricia Areán, a UW Medicine ...
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Mental Health Research: Antidepressant side effects reported more by patients with co-occurring panic disorder

(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 given antidepressants as part of ...
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Mental Health Research: Study IDs Key Indicators Linking Violence and Mental Illness

(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 order to reduce community violence ...
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Depressed children respond differently to rewards than other kids

(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 depressed children don’t respond to ...
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New biomarker is higher in suicide attempters and associated with stress response

(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 commit suicide, but it may ...
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