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Self-harm

Dramatic Increase In Teens Visiting An ED For Self-harm

Self-harm; adolescents who intentionally harm themselves by poisoning or injuring themselves are at risk for repeated self-harm or suicide. A new CHEO and uOttawa study released today in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry shows a dramatic increase in the number of Ontario adolescents who presented to an emergency department for self-harm between 2009 and 2017. Changing…

Suicide Attempts

Suicide Attempts Carry Increased Genetic Liability For Depression

Suicide Attempts; The largest genome wide association study (GWAS) to date on suicide attempt reveals that genetic liability to depression increases an individual’s risk for suicide attempt regardless of the psychiatric disorder they are affected by, according to the work led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published June…

Indoor Tanning

Indoor Tanning May Addiction By Genetic And Psychiatric Factors

Indoor Tanning; Combination of elevated symptoms of depression along with modifications in a gene responsible for dopamine activity, important to the brain’s pleasure and reward system, appear to influence an addiction to indoor tanning in young, white non-Hispanic women. That finding comes from a new study, report by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center…

Hostile

Hostile Intent And Aggression In Children And Youth

Hostile Intent; Children who tend to attribute hostile motives to other people are more likely to display aggression, however, the strength of this relationship varies. A new meta-analysis sought to determine the relation between attributing hostile intent and aggressive behavior. It found that the relation between the two is the strongest in tasks that are…

The Brain

Research Reveals How The Internet May Change The Brain

The Internet can produce both acute and sustain alterations in specific areas of cognition, which may reflect changes in the brain; affecting our attention capacities, memory processes, and social interactions; an international team of researchers from Western Sydney University, Harvard University, Kings College, Oxford University and University of Manchester. In a first of its kind…

Mental Health

GPs Report Large Numbers Of Patients Suffering Mental Health Issues

In some surgeries, GPs estimate that up to half of their patients are seeking help for mental health issues cause; or exacerbate by poverty, according to a new study. However doctors and families have said changes to welfare policy and recent cuts in public spending are contributing to emotional distress; research into the lives of…

BPD Patients Are At High Risk Of Early Death

BPD Patients Are At High Risk Of Early Death

BPD is associated with a higher risk of suicidality, but most studies of risk factors for suicide in this population; have focused on suicide attempts rather than completed suicides, the authors note. Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are at high risk of premature death; not only from suicide but from other causes, including accidents;…

New Primary Prescription For Psych patients: Exercise

New Primary Prescription Found For Psych patients: Exercise

When issues comes to inpatient treatment of a range of mental health and mood disorder; from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia, suicidality and acute psychotic episodes; a new study advocates for exercise, rather than psychotropic medications, as the primary prescription and method of intervention. Findings from the study reveal that physical exercise; is so effective…

Anxiety

Rate Of Depression And Anxiety Rising With Senior Health

Manitoba seniors are staying physically healthy longer, but their mental health may be worsening, a massive study of health data by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the University of Manitoba has find. It found that seniors are living longer, experiencing fewer heart attacks or strokes, and staying longer in the community that…

Exercise

Exercise Also Helps Prevent Dementia Not Only Vitamin Pills

If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise. About 50 million people currently have dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. Each year brings 10 million new cases, says…

Mothers

Eating Disorders With Depressive Symptoms Among Mothers

A history of eating disorders and body image concerns before or during pregnancy are associated with future depressive symptoms among mothers, finds a new UCL-led study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. They find that women who have had an eating disorder at any point before childbirth, even if it was years earlier in adolescence,…

Psychotic Disorders

Brain Network Connectivity In Patients With Psychotic Disorders

Researchers from McLean Hospital and Yale University have published findings of their study of large scale systems in the brain, findings that could improve understanding of the symptoms and causes of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and other mental illnesses. Their paper, “Functional Connectomics of Affective and Psychotic Pathology, details their investigation into brain network connectivity in…