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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

FDA Removing Black Box Warnings on Smoking Cessation Drugs

December 19, 2016 Share this content: Varenicline and bupropion pose a lower risk of serious mental health side effects than was previously thought. Following a required clinical trial review1, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that 2 smoking cessation drugs, varenicline(Chantix®, Pfizer)  and bupropion (Zyban®, GlaxoSmithKline), are associated with a

Depression Medication Linked to Increased Risk of ICH

December 19, 2016 This article originally appeared on Neurology Advisor. Share this content: Caution should be taken when prescribing high-strength SSRIs, particularly in combination with anticoagulant therapies. Risk of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) associated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increases with the strength of the agent used (ICH), according to results from a large-scale

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

Switching Antidepressants During Nonresponse May Be Ineffective

December 14, 2016 Share this content: Adults with major depressive disorder who are nonresponsive to treatment may not benefit from switching antidepressant. One of the biggest challenges in assessing the treatment of major depression is antidepressant effectiveness. All antidepressants share a high rate of nonresponse, which often leads clinical practitioners to switch the

Mindfulness Intervention Effective for Distressing Voices in Psychosis

December 12, 2016 Share this content: Combined cognitive therapy and mindfulness can have lasting positive effects on behavior and mood. Group person-based cognitive therapy (PBCT), which integrates cognitive therapy with mindfulness, is effective in alleviating distress in individuals with psychosis who are hearing voices, according to a study conducted by a UK-based research

Sport Psychiatry: An Emerging Specialty

December 06, 2016 Share this content: The development of the psyche of an athlete typically begins in childhood and evolves through the life cycle. Sport psychiatry “focuses on diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness in athletes, in addition to utilization of psychological approaches to enhance performance.”1 “Sport psychiatry, as a formal discipline, is relatively