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Women with ADHD Report Higher Rates of Childhood Abuse

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Women with ADHD are significantly more likely to report a history of sexual and physical abuse than their peers without the disorder, according to a study from researchers at the University of Toronto. The findings also showed a similar, though less pronounced, increase. In the report published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect, the […]

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Can a Wristband Tell Who Will Respond Best to Depression Treatment?

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A “smartband” that records a person’s movement over a 24-hour cycle may be help make depression treatments more effective for medication-resistant patients. According to a report published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the wristband may be capable of helping doctors determine which patients with major depressive disorder are likely to respond to commonly prescribed […]

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Women Have a Much Greater Risk of Developing PTSD

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When you hear post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) mentioned in the mainstream media, it is almost always accompanied with images of male war veterans, but a recent study indicates women are far more likely to experience the condition in their lifetimes. According to the prospective study, women have a notably greater risk of developing PTSD than […]

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Could a Missing Gene Contribute To Eating Disorder Symptoms?

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  Could a missing gene be responsible for eating disorders? A new animal study suggests that may be the case, as researchers have shown that mice who were missing a specific gene began to show numerous strange behaviors that resemble behaviors seen in humans with anorexia nervosa. The team, led by Michael Lutter, assistant professor […]

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Hippocampal Size May Predict Depression Treatment Effectiveness

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has recently gained attention for its ability to reduce depression symptoms in many individuals who are treatment to more traditional methods. Now, new research published in Biological Psychiatry indicates hippocampal structure could be a useful indicator of which individuals with major depression are most likely to benefit from the treatment. Researchers from […]

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Is Your Diet Making You Depressed?

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High-fat diets are associated with numerous health problems such as heart disease and stroke, but recent research suggests diets rich in fatty foods may also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry finds high-fat diets cause changes in health and behavior, at least partially by changing the […]

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The Brain’s Response To Rewards Is Different In People With Anorexia

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New research from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine may explain how individuals with anorexia nervosa can continuously starve themselves, even after becoming emaciated. “When most people are hungry, they are motivated to eat,” said Christina E. Wierenga, PhD, the study’s first author and UC San Diego associate professor of psychiatry. “Yet […]

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Severe Schizophrenia Causes Unique Difference In Brain Networks

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Individuals with severe cases of schizophrenia show significant differences in their brain networks compared to people with more mild cases of schizophrenia or individuals with bipolar disorder, according to a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Using a novel method of mapping brain networks, researchers from the Campbell Family Health […]

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Researchers Identify Potential PTSD Biomarker

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Post-traumatic stress disorder is frighteningly common in veterans returning home from combat, but the condition can be surprisingly difficult to accurately diagnose. The symptoms related to PTSD are often confused with symptoms from other common injuries like traumatic brain injury or other mental conditions. A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry may help […]

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Anorexia and Body Dysmorphia Produce Similar Brain Activity Abnormalities

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Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa have been closely linked to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a psychiatric condition which causes an obsessive preoccupation with perceived flaws in personal physical appearance. Now, new research published in the journal Psychological Medicine has found these two conditions share biological similarities which may help us understand both conditions. Researchers at […]

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