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May 31, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can A Child's Adventurous Play Keep Anxiety At Bay?

May 31, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development looked at the association between time spent playing and child mental health. “In January 2021, we published a paper explaining why we thought adventurous play might help to prevent anxiety in children,” study author Helen F. Dodd told us. “We explained how, when children play adventurously, they have opportunities to learn about uncertainty, coping and physiological arousal (heart beating fast, butterflies in your tummy etc.). These learning opportunities should target some of the risk factors that we know exist for child anxiety.” [More]

May 27, 2022
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Adults Exposed To Parental Domestic Violence As Children More Likely To Develop Mental Illness

May 27, 2022 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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More than 20% of adults who were exposed to chronic levels of parental domestic violence in childhood develop major depressive disorder at some stage. Researchers from the University of Toronto found that 22.5% of adults who witnessed domestic violence between parents later developed major depressive disorder, compared with 9.1% of those who hadn’t witnessed parental domestic violence as children. [More]

May 24, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Shows How Early-Life Adversity Changes Behavioral And Hormonal Responses To Further Stresses During The Lifetime

May 24, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Cell Reports looked at early stress-induced impaired brain functioning. “We were trying to figure out how the long-lasting, life-long adverse effects of transient early-life stress on behavioral and endocrine responses to adult stresses come about,” study author Tallie Z. Baram told us. “This is important, because these changes are tied to mental illnesses.” [More]

May 17, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Mental Health Effects Of Pandemic On Indian Women

May 17, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Development Economics looked at women’s wellbeing in India during the pandemic and its containment. “Our aim was to study how the pandemic and its containment policies affected women's mental wellbeing and food security, in a low income setting,” study author Gaurav Khanna told us. “We wanted to find out how strongly affected women were as they are particularly vulnerable in such settings.” [More]

May 10, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Lack Of Opioid Treatment For Inmates

May 10, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Substance Use and Misuse looked at opioid agonist treatment recipients within criminal justice-involved populations. “Treating individuals who use opioids with medication and counseling support is the gold standard for addressing opioid use disorders, yet the majority of those who need this treatment do not receive it,” study author Wendy P. Guastaferro told us. “For those individuals involved with the criminal legal system, the chances of receiving this life saving treatment is even less.” [More]

May 3, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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First Study Of Its Kind Looks At Changes In The Brain Over Time Of Young People At High Risk Of Bipolar Disorder

May 3, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry looked at longitudinal changes in structural connectivity in young people at a high genetic risk for bipolar disorder. “Bipolar disorder is characterized by severe and impairing swings of mood, varying from the chaos and impaired judgment of mania to the slowed thinking and suicidal despair of depression,” study author Philip Mitchell told us. “It is a very strongly genetic condition, with close relatives of someone with this condition having ten times the population risk of developing this.” [More]

April 26, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Suicide In Long Term Care Facilities

April 26, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Frontiers in Public Health looked at antidepressant use and suicide rates in adults aged 75 and older. “The study is about suicide in Swedish older adults aged 75+ residing in long-term care facilities (LTCF),” study author Khedidja Hedna told us. “We also aimed to investigate risk factors including use of psychoactive medications and psychiatric and medical conditions.” [More]