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New Risk Fractors For Anxiety Disorders

This post originally featured on ScienceDaily. Mental, social and inherited factors all play a role in anxiety disorders. In the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a research team from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany, describes a hitherto unknown genetic pathway for developing such diseases: They pinpointed at least four variants of the

Untreated Psychotic Illness: Stemming the Tide

This article originally featured on the Psychiatry Advisor. In a recent study1 involving 404 patients with first-episode psychosis recruited at 34 community clinics in 21 different US states, we found that the median duration of untreated psychosis was 1.5 years.2Data regarding patients with other conditions suggest even longer intervals between onset of

Five Secrets to a Stress-Proof Brain

This post originally featured on Psychology Today. When you’re stressed out, you feel thrown off balance. Your thoughts race as you imagine negative outcomes. Your heart pounds, and breathing gets shallow. Your muscles tighten. You feel as if you can’t sit still or think straight. Or you zone out with food,

Early Signs Of Anxiety, Depression May Be Evident In The Brains Of Newborns

This post originally featured on ScienceDaily. Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a study published in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Analyzing brain scans of newborns, the researchers found that

Why Art Therapy?

This post originally featured on Psych Central. There are a number of different forms of therapy and choosing which one is the best choice may prove to be a daunting task, especially when faced with low motivation and affect as a symptom of your mental illness. Typical therapies* include those where

Aerobic Exercise May Benefit Children With Behavioral Disorders

This post originally featured on the Psychiatry Advisor. HealthDay News — Children with behavioral disorders might fare better at school if they get some exercise during the day, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in Pediatrics. The researchers focused on children and teenagers with conditions that included autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,

Children With Reading Difficulties Are At Elevated Risk For Mental Health Problems

This post originally featured on Curtin University  News. Curtin University researchers have identified and are examining potential research streams which could shed light on why children with reading difficulties are at increased risk of mental health problems. Growing literature indicates children with reading difficulties are at an elevated risk for both internalising

What to Tell Your Boss About Your Mental Health Diagnosis

Ideally, speaking up shouldn't be a problem. But sometimes you have to tread carefully. A diagnosis of a mental illness—either yours or a family member’s—can upend your career. Your condition may get in the way of your ability to do your job well, or, even if it doesn’t, you may need

Youth Depression Onset Predicted by Anxiety, Family History, Adversity

Irritability and fear or anxiety have emerged as significant precursors to adolescent depression in children of depressed parents, according to research published in JAMA Psychiatry. Displays of low mood or disruptive behavior, however, did not significantly precede or predict major depressive disorder in these children. Other significant antecedents to an adolescent's