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With 2014 coming to a close, ADAA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide Anxiety & Depression Insights subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories.

Your regular news publication will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.



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As you begin to make plans for the new year, ADAA encourages you to think spring and Miami! Let’s share it together, learn it together, and change it together at the 2015 ADAA conference, Anxiety and Depression: Translating Research, Innovating Practice (April 9-12, 2015).

This conference is the professional hub for clinicians and researchers in the field of anxiety and depression, and related disorders who want to share, learn, innovate and advance the field in meaningful ways. It offers CEUs for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals. Register today!
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS


Low serotonin levels don't cause depression
PsychCentral
From Sept. 16: One of the leading myths that unfortunately still circulates about clinical depression is that it’s caused by low serotonin levels in the brain. This is a myth because countless scientific studies have specifically examined this theory and have come back universally rejecting it. So let’s put it to rest once and for all — low levels of serotonin in the brain don’t cause depression.
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The anxiety of Facebook
PsychCentral
From May 13: Social media has changed the way people interact. We can now remain in constant contact with hundreds of so-called friends, even ones we rarely see in person. The impact of social media on society has prompted researchers to investigate whether its effect is positive or negative. The findings are mixed, showing both benefits and downsides to the use of social media sites. One area of focus in these studies is the effect of social media on mental health.
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Family-based CBT program shows promise for children with OCD
Reuters
From April 29: A family-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) markedly improves symptoms in children as young as five years old with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a new study. The behavioral treatment, which involved parents heavily and is already known to work for older kids and teens, left almost three quarters of the young children significantly better off, according to objective measurements.
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Botulinum toxin injections improve depression
Medscape (free subscription)
From April 1: Botulinum toxin A, commonly known as Botox, has an antidepressive effect when injected between the eyebrows that continues beyond the cosmetic effects of the injection, according to the results of a new study. The fact that the antidepressive effect continued after the wrinkles reappeared suggests that the elevated mood isn't just related to cosmetic improvements, which is "profound and unexpected," said study investigator Michelle Magid, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern in Austin.
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Parent-delivered CBT reduces kids' anxiety
Medscape (free subscription)
From Feb. 4: Parent-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) guided by therapists is effective in treating child anxiety disorders, new research suggests. A randomized study of almost 200 children between the ages of 7 and 12 years in the U.K. showed that 50 percent of those in the full guided group recovered from their clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder after treatment versus 39 percent of those in the brief guided group.
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What happens in your brain when you have a panic attack?
Medical Daily
From April 15: It happens to the best of us: an onslaught of emotions that quickens your heartbeat, cranks up perspiration and blurs vision. Panic attacks are, according to health experts, exceedingly common. Some experience them once or twice in their lifetime; others have them whenever they’re speaking in public or preparing for an important phone call. In severe cases, sufferers may feel like they’re choking or coming close to fainting.
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Amygdala volume predicted childhood anxiety
Healio
From July 22: 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.
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Smartphone game designed to reduce anxiety shows promise in study
CBS News
From April 15: Anxiety relief could be at your fingertips just by playing a game on your smartphone, new research suggests. Not just any game, though. A professor of psychology and neuroscience teamed up with app developers to design a game called Personal Zen that incorporates the latest science to clinically reduce anxiety levels while you play.
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Medical tests for PTSD and TBI not far off
Military Times
From Nov. 11: Researchers are inching closer to creating medical tests to detect post traumatic stress or mild traumatic brain injury — conditions that now are diagnosed only with self-reported symptoms and subjective exams. Scientists from five institutions are one year into a five-year, $42.9 million study to find biomarkers that can indicate evidence of these injuries common to combat veterans.
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Study finds rise in bodily symptoms of depression
PsychCentral
From Oct. 14: New research shows Americans now report more psychosomatic symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping and trouble concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1980s. San Diego State University researchers analyzed data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults from all over the country.
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