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Depression Symptoms And Treatment For Insufficient Responders

Adolescents with depression who were treated with interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT-A) had significantly better outcomes when their therapists prescribed assessed symptoms and augmented treatment for insufficient responders after four weeks of therapy rather than waiting until Week 8, reports  to study  published in the January 2019 issue of the  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psyc hiatry (JAACAP) . 

Psychiatric Disorders: Disrupted Networks Link Overlapping Cognitive Deficits

Psychiatric disorders share common alterations of functional connectivity between three core brain networks involved in cognition, according to a meta-analysis published in  Biological Psychiatry . The network alterations were localized in brain regions underlying general cognitive performance. The study suggests that the alterations in these networks contribute to the cognitive dysfunction present in multiple psychiatric disorders.

Autism: Adults Show Large Impairments in Key Cognitive Domains

The first comprehensive, systematic review and meta-analysis of adults with autism shows that despite having an intact IQ, these adults have medium to large impairments in four key social- and non-social cognitive domains: theory of mind, emotion perception and knowledge, processing speed, and verbal learning and memory. 

The results may help create a roadmap for treating autism in adults, a population that is less studied and understood than children with the condition. The meta-analysis was published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Study Suggestion: Head to The Movies, Museums to Keep Depression at Bay

Movies, the theater and other cultural events can help you fight the blues as you age. And the more you go, the less depressed you'll be, new research suggests. The British study showed that older folks can cut their depression risk by 32 percent simply by going to cultural activities every few months. And if they go at least once a month, their risk appears to drop by a whopping 48 percent.

Findings: Post-natal Depression in Dads Linked to Depression in Their Teenage Daughters

Fathers as well as mothers can experience post-natal depression-and it is linked to emotional problems for their teenage daughters, new research has found.  Almost one in 20 new  fathers  suffered depression in the weeks after their child was born, according to a study published in the journal  JAMA Psychiatry  and co-authored by Professor Paul Ramchandani of the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. 

Military suicides Buffered with Strong Committed Relationships, Study

Can being in a strong committed relationship reduce the risk of suicide? Researchers at Michigan State University believe so, especially among members of the National Guard.  Suicide rates for members of the military are disproportionally higher than for civilians, and around the holidays the number of reported suicides often increases, for service members and civilians alike. What's more alarming is the risk of suicide among National Guard and reserve members is even greater than the risk among active duty members.

Study Suggestion: What Helps People Live Well With Dementia

Psychological aspects, such as optimism, self-esteem, loneliness and depression were closely linked to ability to optimize quality of life and wellbeing in both people with dementia and carers. Experience in other areas of life influences psychological well-being and perceptions of living well. Physical health and fitness was important for both groups. For both carers and people with dementia social activity and interaction also ranked highly.