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Mental health advocates topple Kenneth Cole billboard falsely linking mental health conditions and gun violence
A relentless effort by a coalition largely comprising individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions has convinced the upscale apparel designer Kenneth Cole to remove a billboard perpetuating the myth that links "mental illness" with violence. The New York City billboard reads: "Over 40M Americans suffer from mental illness. Some can access care…All can access guns. –KennethCole #GunReform #AreYouPuttingUsOn"
The opposite of hoarding
As long as she can remember, Annabelle Charbit has loathed "stuff." She hated birthdays because birthdays meant gifts. And gifts meant finding a way to toss them. At 5 years old, Charbit would sneak toys into her younger brother's room. By age 10, she was stashing her belongings in alleys around her London neighborhood. At 13, she discovered charity stores, smuggling bags past her parents and out the door.
Panel: Stigma is obstacle to mental healthcare
The Pentagon and VA have "nudged the needle" forward in promoting mental health treatment to troops and veterans, but many still refuse to get care, concerned about stigma, their jobs and psychiatric medications, a panel of experts said at a recent military and family symposium in Washington, D.C.
Doctors urged to screen teens for major depression
Doctors should screen teenagers for major depression, a federal advisory group said, but only if their young patients have access to mental health professionals who can diagnose them, provide treatment and monitor their progress. That's a big "if." Mental health services are in short supply for anyone, but especially teens, said Jeffrey Lieberman, a professor and chairman of psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Late-life depression can be slow to respond to treatment
Late-life depression can be difficult to treat, and in elderly patients, response to antidepressant therapy can vary considerably, new research suggests. In a study that looked at longitudinal patterns of changes in depressive symptoms in older adults prescribed the antidepressant venlafaxine XR, severe baseline depression tended to predict lack of response after 12 weeks of treatment. The study was published in JAMA Psychiatry.
Pathological personality traits and the naturalistic course of internalizing disorders among high-risk young adults
Depression and Anxiety
Findings suggest that abnormal personality traits and temperament dimensions have complementary effects on the trajectory of internalizing pathology during young adulthood. In assessment and treatment settings, targeting the abnormal personality and temperament dimensions with the greatest prognostic value stands to improve the early detection of enduring internalizing psychopathology.
Children with lupus and diabetes are likely to have depression
Children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)/mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) often suffer from significant bouts of depression and potentially suicide ideation, a study in the Journal of Pediatrics determined. Although the rates of depression and suicide ideation are lower for patients with SLE than for children with Type 1 diabetes (T1D), the numbers are still high.
Social media pressure may cause anxiety, depression in teens
Medical News Today
New research sheds light on teenagers' use of social media, suggesting the pressure to be online 24 hours a day disrupts their sleep patterns and may lead to mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. The research team recently presented their findings at The British Psychological Society Developmental and Social Psychology Section Annual Conference in Manchester, UK.
Psychedelic drugs as treatment for anxiety, addiction
In a carefully controlled setting, psychedelic drugs such as LSD or "magic mushrooms" may benefit patients with hard-to-treat anxiety, addiction or post-traumatic stress disorder, new research suggests. The finding comes from a review of small-scale and preliminary studies conducted recently in the United States, Canada and Europe, all of which await follow-up.
Study explains link between chronic stress and PTSD
Drug Discovery & Development
Studies have shown that trauma victims are more likely to develop PTSD if they have previously experienced chronic stress, and a new study from MIT may explain why. The researchers found that animals who underwent chronic stress prior to a traumatic experience engaged a distinctive brain pathway that encodes traumatic memories more strongly than in unstressed animals. The study appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
Study: A quarter of trafficked children have PTSD symptoms
About one in eight trafficked children have tried to harm or kill themselves in the last month, according to a survey, and a quarter have post-traumatic stress symptoms. The study found that one in three suffered physical and/or sexual violence during their trafficking ordeal. The study was published online in JAMA Pediatrics.
Inadequate sleep linked to early signs of heart disease
Medical News Today
Not getting the right amount of sleep can compromise brain functioning and emotional well-being. In addition to this, a new study indicates that for young and middle-aged adults, inadequate sleep may increase the risk of early signs of heart disease developing. The study was published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
Study identifies possible biomarkers for bipolar disorder
A study in Translational Psychiatry has identified three potential genes that could prove to be responsible for disturbances in mitochondrial function and DNA repair mechanisms in bipolar disorder. The genes in question — POLG, OGG1, and NDUFV2 — may open new targets for examination.
SKA2 gene may play role in development of PTSD
The Medical News
A gene linked in previous research appears to predict more severe post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms as well as a thinner cortex in regions of the brain critical for regulating strong emotions and coping with stressful experiences. This study is believed to be the first to show that the spindle and kinetochore-associated complex subunit 2 (SKA2) gene may play a role in the development of PTSD.
Could eating fish help ward off depression?
Can eating a lot of fish boost your mood? Maybe, say Chinese researchers. Overall, the researchers found that people who consumed the most fish lowered their risk of depression by 17 percent compared to those who ate the least. The report was published Sept. 10 online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
Wirelessly powered brain implant could treat depression
A wirelessly powered implant the size of a grain of rice can electrically stimulate the brains of mice as the rodents do what they please. The new gadget could help scientists better understand and treat mental health disorders such as depression, according to a new study published in the journal Physical Review Applied.
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