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Deadline approaching to submit poster abstracts
Submit your poster abstracts by Friday, Dec. 5, for the 2015 ADAA Annual Conference, April 9-12, at the Hyatt Regency Miami.
Submissions are welcome on anxiety and depression, including generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias and related disorders in children and adults.
This conference is the professional hub for clinicians and researchers in the field of anxiety, depression and related disorders who want to share, learn, innovate and advance the field in meaningful ways.
The sun is brighter in Miami. And when we all gather together, so is the future for people with anxiety and depression.
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Join now! Become a member of ADAA and network with experts in anxiety disorders and depression, market your practice and receive discounts on continuing education.
Personalized medicine for anxiety and depression
Read what leading experts have to say about the future of personalized treatment for anxiety, depression and related disorders in the November edition of Depression and Anxiety:
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Opportunity to provide input on NIMH research efforts and priorities
The National Institute of Mental Health has posted a draft of its 2015 Strategic Plan for public comment. The new strategic plan will guide the Institute’s research efforts and priorities over the next five years (2015-2020). The 30-day comment period ends on Dec. 11.
Share your experience about accessing care
Care for your Mind
Read Jennifer’s story and then let Care for Your Mind know if you, or someone you know, had to exaggerate mental health symptoms in order to get care?
NIMH website goes mobile
With NIMH’s new mobile-friendly website, visitors can access NIMH information and resources anywhere, anytime and on any device — from desktop computers to tablets and mobile phones.
New postvention guide for college suicide
The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) released Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses (Postvention Guide). This new resource offers specific areas of consideration related to strategic postvenion planning, communicating with students, faculty, family and media, as well as clinical interventions. The resource also provides suggestions for best practices after a campus suicide to facilitate the grieving or adjustment process, stabilize the environment, reduce the risk of negative behaviors and limit the risk of further suicides through contagion.
Behavioral Health Information Technology Coalition launches public policy website
The Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Coalition has launched a website to educate Congress and the public on legislation that would add mental health and addiction providers to the Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act program.
What science says about mediation for anxiety and depression in adults
National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
There is moderate evidence that meditation is useful for symptoms of anxiety and depression in adults. The current evidence base on efficacy of meditation for anxiety disorders consists of a few systematic reviews and meta-analyses and many randomized controlled trials.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Anxiety speeds cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease
A new study shows that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and high levels of stress have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than their peers who aren’t stressed out.
According to an article in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, MCI patients who experience anxiety symptoms tend to undergo a speedier decline in cognitive function, whether or not they have depression, which is also a risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
Soldiers at increased suicide risk after leaving hospital; 12 months following inpatient psychiatric treatment is high-risk period
U.S. Army soldiers hospitalized with a psychiatric disorder have a significantly elevated suicide risk in the year following discharge from the hospital, according to research from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers. The yearly suicide rate for this group, 263.9 per 100,000 soldiers, was far higher than the rate of 18.5 suicides per 100,000 in the Regular Army for the same study period, the researchers found.
Anxiety may boost dementia risk for patients with cognitive decline
Science World Report
Anxiety may raise the risk of dementia in patients with mild cognitive impairment, University of Toronto researchers reported in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Researcher Dr. Linda Mah said clinicians should screen patients who have memory problems for anxiety.
Depression outcomes associated with an intervention implemented in employment training programs for low-income adolescents and young adults
Recent estimates indicate that 6.5 million adolescents and young adults in the U.S. are neither in school nor working. These youth have significant mental health concerns that require intervention. A quasi-experimental study was conducted to determine whether a mental health intervention, integrated into an employment training program that serves adolescents and young adults disconnected from school and work, can reduce depressive symptoms and improve engaged coping strategies.
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Acculturative stress found to be root cause of high depression rates in Latino youth
Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis say acculturative stress may explain, in part, why Indiana's Latino youth face an alarming disparity in depression and suicide rates when compared to their white counterparts.
While examining epidemiological health disparities data, a team of researchers led by Silvia Bigatti at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health noticed that Latino teens in Indiana had a 65 percent higher rate of suicide attempts and a 24 percent higher rate of depression than white teens.
Overcoming fear with oxytocin
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily.
The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in the treatment of anxiety disorders, according to the researchers.
Risk model seen as reducing military suicides
The New York Times
Military doctors could reduce suicides among soldiers with psychiatric conditions by using a new screening system that flags those at highest risk of taking their own lives, a new study suggests.
The system — a computer program that rates more than 20 actuarial factors, including age at enlistment, history of violence and prescription drug use — would be the most rigorous suicide prediction model available, if it performs as expected in real-world settings.
An elegant solution for middle schoolers with suicidal thoughts
By Nancy Gahles
Early adolescence is a time of tempestuous changes in physical, mental, emotional and social spheres. It is a time when peer pressure abounds. But peer pressure is only one area of challenge during middle school. There are many others that beset the growing adolescent and, when left to their own devices, young teens may devise harmful coping strategies. An elegant solution has emerged in response to a recent study co-funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Scientists tested therapy against antidepressants
There's a reason depression can be so difficult to treat: scientists are still figuring out exactly how and why it strikes.
Different treatment methods impact the brain in drastically different ways, and in a new article in Nature, Emily Anthes explores why therapy and drugs sometimes work — and sometimes don't.
Transient ischemic attack may fuel PTSD
Medscape( free subscription)
About 30 percent of patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study suggests.
Patients who don't cope well with the TIA and overestimate their subsequent risk of having a full-blown stroke are at higher risk for PTSD. Having depression, anxiety or reduced physical health also raises the risk, the researchers say.
Can depression and guilt in preschool years change the brain?
Medical News Today
A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that children who were diagnosed with depression between the ages of 3-6 have a smaller brain region involved in emotion than those who were not depressed. The researchers — led by Andrew Belden, assistant professor of child psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri — say their findings could help predict the risk of future depression, giving them an "anatomical marker" to use for those at high risk.
Study says diabetes can spark off depression
The Times of India
Diabetes, the sugar imbalance disorder, can not only affect a patient's eyesight and kidneys, but trigger random depression as well. A new survey conducted by the Association of Physicians of India, a medical association with over 15,000 members, found that 56 percent of the patients surveyed in eight Indian cities confessed to being "depressed."
High-fructose diet may contribute to anxiety, depression during adolescence
Consuming excess fructose — a sugar commonly added to packaged foods and beverages — may worsen depression and anxiety in teenagers, new research suggests.
In the animal study, presented recently at an annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience, scientists at Emory University in Atlanta found that fructose can alter how the brain responds to stress.
New study shows that brain's ability to manage stress depends on brain protein
The brain's ability to effectively deal with stress or to lack that ability and be more susceptible to depression, depends on a single protein type in each person's brain, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published Nov. 12, in the journal Nature.
The Mount Sinai study findings challenge the current thinking about depression and the drugs currently used to treat the disorder.
Good news for those with social anxiety disorder
New research suggests people with social anxiety disorder have an unfounded opinion that their friendships are shallow.
Although it may be extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder to make friends, the belief that the friendship are not of the highest order, is wrong, say experts.
Calgary researchers investigate possible new treatment for depression
Researchers say an experimental treatment for depression used in a study underway at the Foothills Medical Centre is showing promising results.
Deep brain stimulation is being tested on people who have tried most other forms of treatment for depression without any success.
1 in 6 Iraq, Afghanistan veterans might have PTSD
More than one in six soldiers who served in the country's most recent wars may have post traumatic stress disorder.
That's the finding of the National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans, according to the Veterans Health Administration, which sent out an update recently on the study.
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