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June 26, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Women With Postpartum Psychosis Show Altered Brain Connectivity

June 26, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Women at increased risk of postpartum psychosis show altered connectivity in networks of the brain responsible for planning, organisation and the completion of short and long-term tasks. Currently, there are no biological markers that identify who will develop postpartum psychosis. But researchers from King’s College London have identified altered connectivity in the brain networks of women with postpartum psychosis, which could pave the way for better identifying women at risk of the condition. [More]

March 16, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Time Spent Outdoors Could Counteract Negative Mental Health Impact of Pandemic On Teens

March 16, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Time spent outside and nature-based activities could counteract some of the negative mental health impacts of COVID-19 on adolescents. Researchers from North Carolina State University found that outdoor based activities helped teens cope with major stressors, and restricting such opportunities could have negative mental health implications. [More]

November 3, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Pregnancy Weight And Its Effect On Fetal Brain Development

November 3, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry looked at maternal prenatal body mass index (BMI) and human fetal brain development. “Given knowledge that the physical well-being of a mother during pregnancy is important for the long-term brain health of her child, we sought to discover whether and how maternal body mass index may relate brain development in the womb,” senior study author, Dr. Moriah E. Thomason told us. [More]

June 18, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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An Association Exists Between Fatty Acids During Pregnancy And Rising ADHD Levels In Children, New Study Finds

June 18, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, as it's commonly known, is on the rise. But why? Is it just that we’re becoming more aware and accepting of the disorder or is something else causing the increase? “It was already known that children with ADHD have higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratios,” researcher Monica Lopez told us, “so we wanted to test whether these higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratios were involved in the origin of the symptoms.” [More]

June 12, 2019
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The Abandoned Children

June 12, 2019 18:35 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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Recently there was an item in the news about a young boy who was with his drug-addicted mother and her boyfriend on a bus. They were in Camden, New Jersey. When they reached their stop the boy tried, unsuccessfully, to arouse the two adults. The man was unable to stand. The mother was unresponsive and appeared to snort something off of her wrist. One of the astonished passengers filmed the event and informed the child welfare authorities that this child was at risk. [More]

May 14, 2019
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Monkey Chatter and You

May 14, 2019 13:15 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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What is monkey chatter? The term has emerged from the practice of Zen Buddhism. It refers to the silent monologue that passes, mostly negative, judgment on an individual’s every action, thought, and perceived misstep. It is so automatic that it is not unusual for individuals to be unaware of the misery being dredged up by unconscious thoughts and beliefs. [More]