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Grantmaking opportunities program
The Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety (AKFSA) is requesting proposals for the 2015 program year. The Foundation’s focus is on educational and outreach activities directed at improving knowledge about social anxiety toward a national audience. The Foundation will consider grant requests up to $5,000 for time-limited targeted educational outreach initiatives and up to $50,000 for one or two years. The foundation will consider renewable grants for multiple years. All grant requests must show how the funding will be used to support long-term work around the Foundation’s priorities.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Depression linked to worse outcomes for prostate cancer, study finds
Treatment choices and outcomes for older men with prostate cancer may be affected by depression, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study examined data for more than 40,000 patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer from 2004 to 2007, and 1,894 of the cases involved depression in the two years before diagnosis. Men who were depressed before diagnosis were at greater risk of death, less likely to receive recommended treatment and more likely to develop aggressive cancer.
Study links stress, negative emotions to greater stroke risk
Adults who reported experiencing the highest levels of depression, stress and hostility were more likely to suffer a stroke or a transient ischemic attack compared with those who reported the lowest levels of such negative emotions, according to a study published in the journal Stroke. The findings, based on data from nearly 7,000 adults, showed an association between negative emotions and stroke but did not show cause and effect.
Brain responses to emotional images predict PTSD symptoms after Boston Marathon bombing
The area of the brain that plays a primary role in emotional learning and the acquisition of fear – the amygdala – may hold the key to who is most vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Researchers at the University of Washington, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Boston University collaborated on a unique opportunity to study whether patterns of brain activity predict teenagers' response to a terrorist attack.
CBT beneficial for medication-resistant psychosis
Medscape (free subscription)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for psychosis can help patients with schizophrenia who continue to exhibit symptoms despite adequate antipsychotic therapy, a new meta-analysis confirms.
Conducted by investigators at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, the review included 12 randomized controlled trials of patients with medication-resistant psychosis that explicitly measured changes in these symptoms in response to CBT for psychosis.
Study analyzes effects of antidepressant drugs on well-being in children and adolescents
In an article published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics the effects of antidepressant drugs on well-being in children and adolescents are analyzed.
Recent meta-analyses of the efficacy of second-generation antidepressants for youth have concluded that such drugs possess a statistically significant advantage over placebo in terms of clinician-rated depressive symptoms. However, no meta-analysis has included measures of quality of life, global mental health, self-esteem or autonomy.
Study sheds light on marijuana and paranoia
An in-depth investigation has concluded that people who smoke marijuana are much more likely to have paranoia than people who don't use the drug.
The study also identifies psychological factors that can lead to feelings of paranoia in people exposed to the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC.
The team of researchers, led by Professor Daniel Freeman, Ph.D., of the University of Oxford, found that worrying, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and having a range of unsettling changes in perceptions most likely lead to the feelings of paranoia.
Amygdala volume predicted childhood anxiety
The development of anxiety problems can be influenced by alterations in the development of the amygdala during childhood, according to recent study findings published in Biological Psychiatry. “It is a bit surprising that alterations to the structure and connectivity of the amygdala were so significant in children with higher levels of anxiety, given both the young age of the children and the fact that their anxiety levels were too low to be observed clinically,” Shaozheng Qin, Ph.D., of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, said in a press release.
Exercise and relaxing activities have positive effect on people with social anxiety disorders
Headlines & Global News
People with social anxiety disorders that indulge in exercise and relaxing activities have a better perception of life, a new study finds.
The study was conducted by researchers from Queen's University. Previous studies have established that people with anxiety disorders should have a positive outlook of life if they want to overcome their current condition. Providing an explanation on how this can be done, the study authors found exercise and relaxing activities to be very effective.
Lending a hand to moms of preemies
The birth of a new baby, while joyful, can also bring a great deal of stress and anxiety — especially if the child arrived well before the due date.
Mothers of preemies in particular are at higher risk for post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
A recent study found that receiving sessions in cognitive behavioral therapy reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD in these moms six months later.
After a concussion, persistent symptoms 'may be PTSD'
Medical News today
After patients experience a concussion, a portion of them suffer long-term symptoms. Though the DSM-IV classes this condition as post-concussion syndrome, some researchers say this classification is controversial because these symptoms are subjective and common to other conditions. Now, a new study suggests these symptoms may be a result of post traumatic stress disorder instead.
CBT in grade school can lower kids' anxiety
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to greatly reduce anxiety levels in schoolchildren ages nine- to 10-years-old, according to new research from Oxford University. Researchers believe that this therapy would benefit all children, regardless of their anxiety levels.
The project involved a randomized controlled trial designed to test the effectiveness of CBT lessons at that age. The findings are published in The Lancet Psychiatry.
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