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'Housing First' can reduce alcohol problems for homeless people with mental illness
A 'Housing First' approach can reduce alcohol-related problems among homeless people with mental illness, a study finds. (2015-07-15)
Closing the quality chasm in mental health and substance use care
A plan to ensure that evidence-based psychosocial interventions are routinely used in clinical practice and made a part of clinical training for mental health professionals was released today by the National Academy of Medicine. (2015-07-14)
Two NIH grants support IU psychologist's effort to improve community mental health care
With a pair of National Institutes of Health grants totaling nearly $3 million, Indiana University clinical psychologist Cara Lewis will tackle two major issues in the effort to bring evidence-based mental health treatment into community mental health centers. (2015-07-14)
UTHealth research: Teen birth, mental health lead child hospitalizations in Texas
From 2004 to 2010 in Texas, mental illness was the most common reason for the hospitalization of children ages 10-14 while pregnancy/birth was the most common reason for the hospitalization of adolescents ages 15-17, according to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. (2015-07-14)
Framework to establish standards for psychosocial interventions used to treat mental health and subs
A considerable gap exists in mental health and substance abuse treatments known as psychosocial interventions between what is known to be effective and those interventions that are commonly delivered, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2015-07-14)
Cultural and economic factors affect European antidepressant use
Public attitudes towards mental illness and levels of healthcare spending may explain the huge variation in antidepressant use across Europe, according to a new study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London. (2015-07-09)
Study details army suicide attempts, risk profiles for enlisted soldiers, officers
A new analysis of US Army data details rates of suicide attempts during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and researchers have identified risk factors for suicide attempts by enlisted soldiers and officers, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2015-07-08)
Study identifies brain abnormalities in people with schizophrenia
Structural brain abnormalities in patients with schizophrenia, providing insight into how the condition may develop and respond to treatment, have been identified in an internationally collaborative study led by a Georgia State University scientist. (2015-07-07)
Restraint and confinement still an everyday practice in mental health settings
Providers of mental-health services still rely on intervention techniques such as physical restraint and confinement to control some psychiatric hospital patients, a practice which can cause harm to both patients and care facilities, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. (2015-07-06)
Boys more likely to have antipsychotics prescribed, regardless of age
Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. (2015-07-01)
Virtual training helps vets with PTSD, mentally ill nab more jobs
Finding a job is difficult for veterans with PTSD and individuals with severe mental illness, who have high unemployment rates though many want to work. (2015-07-01)
UCLA studies identify predictors of depression and PTSD among African-Americans, Latinos
Chronic disease and mental health issues disproportionately affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015-06-25)
New Zealand blackcurrants good for the brain
Research has shown that New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile, a finding that could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations, or helping people with brain disorders such as Parkinson's disease or depression. (2015-06-24)
New biomarker identified in women with mental illness
Psychiatric disorders can be difficult to diagnose because clinicians must rely upon interpreted clues, such as a patient's behaviors and feelings. (2015-06-19)
Guidelines on hoarding launched by psychologists
New guidelines providing information, guidance and recommendations for people working with those with hoarding difficulties are launched today, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in London by the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology. (2015-06-15)
Study may help Department of Veterans Affairs find patients with high risk of suicide
NIMH and VA scientists used VA health data to identify very small groups of patients with very high, predicted suicide risk -- most of the individuals had not been identified for suicide risk by clinicians. (2015-06-12)
Keeping mind, body active may not protect against underlying signs of Alzheimer's
While participating in physical activities such as bike riding, dancing, walking and gardening and mentally stimulating activities such as crosswords and reading may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, they may not do so by affecting the underlying markers for the disease, according to a study published in the June 10, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2015-06-10)
Study examines psychotropic medication use in children, teens with Down syndrome
A new study gives insight into the mental health of children and teens with Down syndrome and the behavioral medications that medical caregivers sometimes prescribe for them. (2015-06-08)
UAlberta research helps youth cope with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts
A program created in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is helping strengthen the mental health of students in Red Deer Public Schools. (2015-06-02)
Douglas study on cerebral astrocytes in depression and suicide
A new study published by the team of Naguib Mechawar, Ph.D., a researcher with the McGill Group for Suicide Studies (MGSS) of the Douglas Institute (CIUSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île de Montréal) and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, sheds new light on the disruption of astrocytes in depression. (2015-06-02)
Health factors influence ex-prisoners' chances of returning to jail
Ex-prisoners with a history of risky drug use, mental illness or poverty are more likely to end up back behind bars. (2015-05-28)
Mental health care access for teens improving, but less for communities with disparities
Teens in the US have more availability of mental health care than they did two years ago, but access is not equal in all communities. (2015-05-27)
Hallucinations and delusions more common than thought
An international study led by The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School found that hearing voices and seeing things others cannot impacts about 5 percent of the general population at some point in their lives. (2015-05-27)
False breast cancer alarm has negative impact on health
The psychological strain of being told that you may have breast cancer may be severe, even if it turns out later to be a false alarm. (2015-05-27)
Flood aftermath linked to post-traumatic stress: Queensland University of Technology study
Brisbane flood victims suffered more psychological distress during the rebuilding phase than as waters inundated their homes and businesses, a Queensland University of Technology study has found. (2015-05-26)
Infections can affect your IQ
New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. (2015-05-21)
Mood instability common to mental health disorders and associated with poor outcomes
A study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London has shown that mood instability occurs in a wide range of mental disorders and is not exclusive to affective conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. (2015-05-21)
Douglas study on neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb
A new study published by the team of Naguib Mechawar, Ph.D., a researcher at the Douglas Institute, suggests that the integration of new neurons in the adult brain is a phenomenon more generally compromised in the brains of depressed patients. (2015-05-21)
Research aims to increase mental health awareness in Black faith-based communities
Research on mental health and resilience among people of diverse races and faiths earns multiple grants and recognition for a UT Arlington School of Social Work associate professor working with The Potter's House of Dallas and Dallas City Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church. (2015-05-20)
Gun violence restraining orders: A promising strategy to reduce gun violence in the US
Gun violence restraining orders are a promising strategy for reducing firearm homicide and suicide in the United States, and should be considered by states seeking to address gun violence, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California, Davis, argue in a new report. (2015-05-20)
NIH awards $2.4 million to investigate neural connections of cortical circuits
Dr. Hyungbae Kwon, Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, has been awarded a $2.4 million five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health to study how cortical circuit neurons are connected and how their activity influences brain function. (2015-05-19)
Tracking the trends in youth self-harm visitation rates to Alberta's emergency rooms
A University of Alberta study is giving new insight into the youth visiting Alberta's emergency rooms for self-harming behavior. (2015-05-19)
California suicide prevention program demonstrates promise, studies find
California has undertaken an unprecedented public education effort intended to reduce stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness, prevent suicides and improve the mental health of students across the state. (2015-05-18)
The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation awards $3.9 million in NARSAD grants
The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation today announced its 2015 Independent Investigator Grants which will award $3.9 million in funding to 40 mid-career scientists from 30 institutions in 16 countries. (2015-05-14)
National study finds lower depression, better mental health during the Great Recession
Americans had fewer depression diagnoses and better mental health during the Great Recession (2007-09) compared to pre-recession, according to a University of Maryland study. (2015-05-13)
Antipsychotic drug use in pregnant women appears to pose minimal risk, new study suggests
Antipsychotic medication use during pregnancy does not put women at additional risk of developing gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders or major blood clots that obstruct circulation, according to a new study led by researchers at Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. (2015-05-13)
Memory and the hippocampus
New work by the Douglas Mental Health University Institute computational neuroscientist Mallar Chakravarty, Ph.D., and in collaboration with researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health challenges in a thrilling way the long-held belief that a larger hippocampus is directly linked to improved memory function. (2015-05-13)
Psychotic hallucinations, delusions rarely precede violence
Mass shootings at the hands of unhinged loners - such as those in Aurora, Colo.; Santa Barbara, Calif., and Newtown, Conn. (2015-05-12)
Certain immigrants, refugees at higher risk of psychotic disorders
Immigrants from the Caribbean and Bermuda, as well as refugees from East Africa and South Asia, have a one and a half to two times higher risk of psychotic disorders compared to the general population of Ontario, Canada, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2015-05-11)
Mass murder, mental illness, and men
Mass murders in the United States are rare, but they receive a lot of media attention and are the focus of an ongoing controversy regarding the link between mass murder and mental illness among the perpetrators of these heinous acts, almost always men. (2015-05-11)
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