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September 21, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Does Genetics Play A Role In Suicide In Those With Bipolar Disorder?

September 21, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Translational Psychiatry looked at a combined clinical and genetic approach to the assessment of suicide and death in bipolar affective disorder. “When we think about the risk for suicide, we often think about what is happening in a person’s life at the time: the loss of a job, a major change in a relationship,” study author Eric Monson told us. “Not many people are aware that genetics play an important role in risk. In fact, the heritability for suicidality is estimated to be 30-50%, meaning that a significant proportion of risk arises from genetic sources.” [More]

September 14, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Students' Emotions Tied To Their Achievements?

September 14, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology looked at whether emotional diversity is associated with better student engagement and achievement. “Our study explored whether students who have varied emotional experiences would also be more engaged and achieve better in school,” study author Cherry Frondozo told us. “We adapted a measure of diversity from ecology to examine the link between the diversity of emotional experiences and achievement.” [More]

September 10, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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CBT May Help Treat Misophonia

September 10, 2021 08:15 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Misophonia is a neurological disorder characterized by negative emotional reactions to ordinary sounds, like chewing, eating, and breathing. People with misophonia experience strong feelings of anxiety, disgust, or anger towards these harmless noises. [More]

September 7, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Looking At Developmental Effects That Manifest In Institutionalized Children

September 7, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Research looked at family environment and development in children adopted from institutionalized care. “This prospective study followed children recently adopted from institutionalized care over two years to investigate the relationship between family environment, executive function, and behavioral outcomes,” study author Constantine A. Stratakis told us. “My research interest is how early life stress effects development.” [More]

September 3, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Defining Mental Disorders Is Not Clear Cut

September 3, 2021 08:20 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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The number of people affected by a mental disorder is growing, along with vagueness around the term “mental disorder ”A recent Psychological Medicine article explores the controversy around defining what thoughts and behavior indicate a diagnosis and suggests that the psychiatric field would “benefit from developing more sharply defined indicators of dysfunction” [More]

August 31, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Connection Between Brain Lesions And Psychiatric Disorders

August 31, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Nature Human Behaviour looked at how brain stimulation and brain lesions converge on common causal circuits in neuropsychiatric disease. “The study is about brain circuitry in depression,” study author, Dr. Shan H. Siddiqi told us. “We were hoping to find if modulating specific brain circuits (with brain damage or brain stimulation) can causally modify depression severity.” [More]