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2015 Anxiety and Depression Conference to be held in Miami, Florida, April 9-12
ADAA
ADAA invites psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, neuroscientists and students to submit abstracts for consideration for the 2015 Anxiety and Depression Conference to be held in Miami, Florida, April 9-12. The theme for this year’s conference is Anxiety and Depression: Translating Research, Innovating Practice. Conference co-chairs Kerry Ressler and Tanja Jovanovic encourage participation and learning why this conference is the place to be in 2015. Proposals are due Sept. 8, for symposia, roundtables and workshops; research poster abstracts are due Dec. 5. Information about how to submit and a link to the online submission site are at ADAA’s website ADAA.org.
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Mobile apps reviews
ADAA
ADAA launched a new resource on its website to help patients and clinicians evaluate the benefits of mobile apps.
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Depression treatment for pregnant and postpartum women
AHRQ
This AHRQ research review has found that there is not enough evidence to determine the relative benefits and harms of depression treatment in pregnant and postpartum women. Some of the evidence shows a higher risk of breathing difficulty in newborn children of women with depression who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy, compared with those women who did not. The review also found that there is not enough evidence to make an association between autism spectrum disorder and depression during pregnancy, antidepressant treatment or the interaction of the two. The review advocates for future research to compare available treatments in groups of women with depression that takes into account the impact of dose, severity of depression, timing of diagnosis or prior depressive episodes.
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS


Where will therapygenetics lead?
Depression and Anxiety
Therapygenetics refers to the prediction of psychological therapy outcomes from genetic markers. Click "Read More," to see more about what this cutting edge essay has to say about predicting best psychological treatment from genomic markers.
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Classroom-based mindfulness in middle school reduces suicidal thoughts
Journal of School Psychology
Results of a recent pilot study suggest that middle school-aged students who meditated during a six-week, classroom-based mindfulness meditation program were significantly less likely than non-meditators to develop suicidal thoughts or self-harming thoughts or behaviors. The study also found that both mindfulness meditation and a matched activity condition showed improvements in internalizing problems, externalizing problems, attention problems and affect, but there were no statistically significant differences between the groups.
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Research reveals that seizures linked to feelings of anxiety
News-Medical
New research by clinical psychologists from the U.K. and U.S. has revealed psychogenic seizures which could be mistaken for epilepsy are linked to feelings of anxiety. The team of researchers devised a new set of tests to determine whether there was a link between how people interpret and respond to anxiety, and incidences of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures - seizures that can be brought on by threatening situations, sensations, emotions, thoughts or memories.
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Stimulation device shows 'immediate' impact on depression
Medscape (free subscription)
Stimulation with a low-strength electromagnetic field device immediately improves mood in patients with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, new research shows. Results from a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled study are exciting, especially because the effects were so rapid, lead author Michael L. Rohan, Ph.D., a physicist at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Belmont, Massachusetts, told Medscape Medical News.
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Teen insomnia is linked with depression and anxiety
Medical Xpress
A study of high school students by University of Adelaide psychology researchers has shed new light on the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens. School of Psychology Ph.D. student Pasquale Alvaro surveyed more than 300 Australian high school students aged 12-18 to better understand their sleep habits, mental health condition and the time of day they were most active.
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Depressed preschoolers are more than 2 times at risk of depression through childhood
Medical Daily
A child who experiences depression is a tragic diagnosis, but new research reveals the younger in age at diagnosis, the higher the risk of depression throughout the rest of childhood. Washington University researchers published their study, which appears in The American Journal of Psychiatry, and also revealed a mother’s role in her child’s diagnosis.
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Study links genetics, suicide risk
The Washington Post via Portland Press Herald
A simple blood test could determine a person’s risk of suicide and provide a future tool of prevention. In a study published online recently in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers say they have discovered a genetic indicator of a person’s vulnerability to the effects of stress and anxiety and, therefore, the risk of suicidal thoughts or attempts.
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New treatment for depression shows immediate results
Harvard Gazette
Individuals with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder who receive low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) show immediate and substantial mood improvement, McLean Hospital researchers report in the Aug. 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry. “LFMS is unlike any current treatment. It uses magnetic fields that are a fraction of the strength but at a higher frequency than the electromagnetic fields used in TMS and ECT,” explained first author Michael Rohan, a physicist at McLean Hospital’s Brain Imaging Center and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
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Scientists discover new method to predict stress-related diseases
Science World Report
It turns out that subtle changes in a single gene can predict how the brain reacts to stress. The findings could have huge implications for health issues such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder and obesity. The researchers focused on two longitudinal studies in particular for this work. In these studies, the scientists examined the serotonin transporter, which is a gene that regulates the amount of serotonin signaling that occurs between brain cells and is frequently the target for antidepressant drugs.
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Short and tall soldiers may face increased depression risk
Live Science
Young military men who are shorter or taller than the average male may have a higher risk for depression than their fellow servicemen, a new study suggests. Although being shorter or taller than average can have an impact on anyone's self-esteem, this effect may be amplified in the military where physical prowess ranks high in importance, said Valery Krupnik, a clinician at the mental health department of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California.
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Depression in elderly not related to dementia markers
MedPage Today
Depression was associated with cognitive impairment in a cohort of elderly individuals but not with specific brain abnormalities that underlie most dementias, researchers said. Among nearly 1,800 participants in the Religious Orders Study and Rush Memory and Aging Project followed for a mean of 7.8 years, the occurrence and severity of depression was unrelated to the level of brain pathology, such as Alzheimer's disease-related depositions and cerebral infarcts, seen subsequently at autopsy in those who died, according to Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., of Rush University in Chicago, and colleagues.
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Program benefited PCPs treating adolescent depression
Healio
A depression screening and treatment program increased feelings of comfort and accountability among primary care providers treating depression in adolescents, according to study findings in Clinical Pediatrics. Jonathan M. Libby, DNP, APRN, CPNP, of the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and colleagues assessed the comfort levels of PCPs when administering depression-screening tools, Patient Health Questionaries-2 and PHQ-9.
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Study: Suffering depression may increase risk of alzheimer's
WAOK-AM
Suffering from depression may increase people’s chances of suffering from Alzheimer’s, a new study finds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 adults in the U.S. report that they suffer from depression.
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Light shed on link between depression, dementia
HealthDay News via WebMD
Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two. Specifically, they haven't been able to figure out the direction in which the relationship works — does depression help bring on dementia, or does dementia cause people to become depressed?
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This news brief is a timely update about anxiety disorders and depression sent to members of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and other professionals interested in this area. Links to articles are provided for the convenience of the reader. External resources are not a part of the ADAA website, and ADAA is not responsible for the content of external sites. Linking to a website does not constitute an endorsement by ADAA of the sponsors of the site or the information presented on the site. For more information about ADAA, visit www.ADAA.org.
 



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