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  • Twenty-year study links childhood depression to disrupted adult health and functioning
    Depression in youth, between the ages of 10 and 24 years, is both a leading cause of stress and a possible risk factor for future diseases and impairment. Now, a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, confirms that depression in childhood […]
  • Study shows adaptive brain response to stress, and its absence in people with depression
    A biological signal for resilience to stress A new study identifies a novel biomarker indicating resilience to chronic stress. This biomarker is largely absent in people suffering from major depressive disorder, and this absence is further associated with pessimism in daily life, the study finds. Nature Communications published the research by […]
  • Technology to monitor mental wellbeing might be right at your fingertips
    Smart electronic platform can help patients monitor mental wellbeing between doctor visits To help patients manage their mental wellness between appointments, researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a smart device-based electronic platform that can continuously monitor the state of hyperarousal, one of the signs of psychiatric distress. They said […]
  • Boys who play video games have lower depression risk
    Boys who regularly play video games at age 11 are less likely to develop depressive symptoms three years later, finds a new study led by a UCL researcher. The study, published in Psychological Medicine, also found that girls who spend more time on social media appear to develop more depressive symptoms. […]
  • The immune link between a leaky blood-brain barrier and schizophrenia
    Like a stern bodyguard for the central nervous sytem, the blood-brain barrier keeps out anything that could lead to disease and dangerous inflammation — at least when all is functioning normally. That may not be the case in people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders, suggest new findings from a […]
  • Spanking may affect the brain development of a child
    Spanking may affect a child’s brain development in similar ways to more severe forms of violence, according to a new study led by Harvard researchers. The research, published recently in the journal Child Development, builds on existing studies that show heightened activity in certain regions of the brains of children who […]