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ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION CONFERENECE 2016
Anxiety and Depression: Integrating Research, Practice and Community
March 31–April 3, 2016, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Only one week to submit abstracts
Submit your abstracts for the Anxiety and Depression Conference by Aug. 12.
Just announced: Keynote speaker
Matthew Nock, Ph.D., Harvard University, will provide the keynote address at the 2016 conference. Dr. Nock is one of the most original and influential suicide researchers in the world. As director of the Nock Lab, he advances the understanding of why people engage in behaviors that are harmful to themselves, with a special emphasis on suicide, self-injury and other forms of direct self-harm.
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Health insurers face little enforcement of federal mental health parity law
National Public Radio
Insurers are supposed to cover mental health treatment as they cover other illnesses, but they don't always comply. They are improving, but the U.S. does not appear to actively enforce the federal law.
Suicide on campus and the pressure of perfection
The New York Times
Kathryn DeWitt conquered high school like a gold-medal decathlete. She ran track, represented her school at a statewide girls' leadership program and took eight Advanced Placement tests, including one for which she independently prepared, forgoing the class. Expectations were high. Every day at 5 p.m. test scores and updated grades were posted online. Her mother would be the first to comment should her grade go down.
Teenagers, medication and suicide
The New York Times
Is our culture of relentless achievement and success driving our young people to suicide? You would certainly think so, given the prevailing narrative in the media about the recent spate of suicides on college campuses: one high-achieving student after another succumbing to the toxic social pressure for perfection. It's a plausible but incomplete explanation.
7 things people with social anxiety want you to know
An estimated 15 million adults live with social anxiety disorder, or an extreme fear of social situations, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Even with so many people affected, plenty still minimize the disorder, misinterpreting symptoms as personality traits or completely failing to recognize it as something millions live with every day.
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Attention-control video game curbs vets' PTSD symptoms
National Institute of Mental Health
A computerized attention-control training program significantly reduced combat veterans' preoccupation with — or avoidance of — threat and attendant PTSD symptoms. By contrast, another type of computerized training, called attention bias modification — which has proven helpful in treating anxiety disorders — did not reduce PTSD symptoms.
Gut bacteria may trigger depression, anxiety
Medical News Today
Alterations to gut bacteria as a result of stress in early life may play a key role in the development of anxiety and depression in adulthood, according to the results of a new study published in Nature Communications. Increasingly, researchers are investigating how gut bacteria impact health.
Social life may be key to suicide prevention for women
Middle-aged women with a solid social life face a significantly lower risk for suicide than those who live in relative isolation, new research suggests. Moreover, friendships and outside activities were found to offer protection against suicide even for women who struggled with mental health issues, such as depression.
Telemedicine can widen access to depression therapy for seniors
Talk therapy delivered by two-way video call helped older veterans with depression as much as in-person therapy sessions, a U.S. study found. Many seniors face obstacles to getting help for depression, including mobility issues and fear of social stigma, researchers say, so telemedicine might expand their access to treatment.
Higher risk for depression with psoriasis
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
There is an increased risk of depression among women with psoriasis, according to a study published online in the British Journal of Dermatology. Researchers investigated the risk of incident depression among individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The authors utilized data from 50,750 U.S. female nurses participating in the Nurses' Health Study who were free of depression at baseline in 2000.
Too much Facebook, Twitter tied to poor mental health in teens
Teens who frequently use social media are more likely to say they struggle with mental health concerns that are not being addressed, new Canadian research reveals. At issue is the amount of time adolescents spend browsing and posting on sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The findings are reported in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
Picky eating linked to anxiety, depression in children
Medical News Today
Many a parent will have despaired at trying to convince their children to "eat their greens," but at what point does picky eating represent more than just misbehavior? New research suggests that selective eating in children is often associated with underlying issues that require intervention. The findings of the study are published in the journal Pediatrics.
Doctors should screen all adults for depression, experts say
Medical News Today
All adults in the U.S. should be screened for depression at doctor's visits. This is according to a draft recommendation issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It is estimated that around one in 10 Americans experience depression at some point in their lives. Major depression affects almost 7 percent of the U.S. population, with women more likely to develop the condition than men.
Exploring the brain's role in stress-induced anxiety
Calming a neural circuit in the brain can alleviate stress in mice, according to new research that could lay the foundation for understanding stress and anxiety in people. Using cutting-edge techniques, the researchers also showed they could shine a light into the brain to activate the stress response in mice that had not been exposed to stressful situations. The study is published online in the journal Neuron.
Blood marker may identify women at highest risk for postpartum depression
Medical News Today
The joy of a new baby can often be met with the onset of postpartum depression for mothers, but new research published reveals a blood marker that could identify those most at risk. According to the American Psychological Association, around 9 to 16 percent of American women who have given birth will experience PPD, while the risk of PPD may rise to 41 percent for women who had the condition in a previous pregnancy.
Brain scans may tailor treatment for PTSD
Emerging research suggest brain scans can be used to predict if a patient will respond to medications used for first-line drug treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers studied war veterans with PTSD and found that activity in the prefrontal cortex is correlated with a positive outcome when individuals are prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The findings appear online in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
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