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Can Anti-Depressant Drugs Induce Suicidality? The Controversy Continues
The publication of an article by North Wales psychiatry David Healy in Psychotherapy and psychosomatics (March-April 2003) on the relationship between Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) and suicidal risk sparked a heated debate. Such debate paved the way for the banning of paroxetine in children and adolescents in UK and US. Now, in the November-december issue of the same journal, two... View News Article (2003-10-22)

Drug commonly used for alcoholism, drug addiction, curbs urges of compulsive stealers
It appears that a drug commonly used to treat alcohol and drug addiction has a similar effect on the compulsive behavior of kleptomaniacs - it curbs their urge to steal, according to new research at the University of Minnesota. View News Article (2009-04-01)

Behavioural incentives mimic effects of medication on brain systems in ADHD
Medication and behavioural interventions help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) better maintain attention and self control by normalising activity in the same brain systems, according to researchers at The University of Nottingham. View News Article (2010-04-15)

Seeing what we are thinking
At last we can see ourselves thinking, using the technique known as functional brain imaging (fMRI), and some of the exciting developments in this field were described in a series of papers presented today, Thursday 29 March, at The British Psychological Society's Centenary Annual Conference, held at the SECC, Glasgow. Dr Adrian Owen, of the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences... View News Article (2001-03-26)

Dopamine and hippocampus
Bruno Giros, PhD, a researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, has demonstrated, for the first time, the role that dopamine plays in a region of the brain called the hippocampus.  View News Article (2014-04-04)

Efficacy Of The Cognitive Behavioural Group Psychotherapy For HIV-Infected Patients
A group of investigators of the University of Barcelona have reported on the value of a group psychotherapy program in HIV-1 infected patients. Most HIV-infected patients attending a consultation-liaison psychiatry service show symptoms of anxiety and depression. The present study sought to evaluate the immediate and long-term efficacy of a structured cognitive-behavioural group therapy reducing... View News Article (2002-03-19)

Parental history of suicide attempt associated with increased risk in kids
A suicide attempt by a parent increased the odds nearly 5-fold that a child would attempt suicide, according to a report published online by JAMA Psychiatry. View News Article (2015-01-05)

Inflammation in depression: Chicken or egg?
An important ongoing debate in the field of psychiatry is whether inflammation in the body is a consequence of or contributor to major depression. A new study in Biological Psychiatry has attempted to resolve the issue. View News Article (2012-01-06)

Shame prevented soldiers from expressing war traumas
After the Second World War, Finnish psychiatrists felt that soldiers had readapted to civilian society very well. The reason was not that Finnish soldiers were exceptionally strong, but that war psychiatrists put the blame for long-term psychological problems on the soldiers themselves. View News Article (2006-08-23)

Depression can foreshadow intellectual decline in older people
Depression in the elderly increases the risk of subsequent mental impairment and can act as a predictor of future intellectual decline, University of Rochester Medical Center psychiatrists and researchers have found. View News Article (2007-10-09)

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