Mental Health

Parental mental illness can predict illness in children

Where does it come from? It’s a common question when people hear about a child who attempted suicide or acted violently against a classmate. Was it the media? Video games? Upbringing? Although there are many causes that can potentially cause children to become violent (either against themselves or others), a new study from the University …

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FDA approves two new tests to diagnose traumatic brain injuries

Concussions are extremely common sports-related injuries that can affect anyone who plays a high contact sport such as football, hockey or soccer. An estimated 1.1 to 1.9 million children ages 18 years old or younger experience sports- and recreation-related concussions in the United States each year, according to a study conducted by Mersine A. Bryan, …

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Suicide Prevention Awareness: Learn how to help prevent suicide

Guns, suspension bridges, carbon monoxide, drugs, drowning and alcohol all have at least one thing in common: They all are used as suicide agents. Unfortunately, these are all common ways of ending one’s life. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. Men are more successful on the first attempt, whereas women …

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Study suggests that antibiotics prevent brain cells from growing

Most of us have taken antibiotics for some sort of infection at some point in our lives. Except for a slight upset stomach, there are no major side effects or long term effects, right? Apparently not. Researchers at the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany have reported evidence that prolonged antibiotic therapy may significantly …

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When childhood adversity leads to mental illness

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia State University have uncovered the neurological impact of early childhood stress on the human brain. From these results, it may be possible to determine why some individuals who are exposed to these stressors later go on to develop mental health problems. This study was published in the …

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Is stress contagious: The impact of work-related stress

Just as we might imitate another person’s smile, frown or yawn (e.g., the phenomenon of “contagious yawning”), our brains are hardwired to empathize with others’ pain and stress. In the brain, specialized neurons, known as mirror neurons, are responsible for our ability to recognize others’ facial and emotional expressions, which is important for our ability …

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3 effective screening tools for co-occurring behavioral health conditions

According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration in 2014, nearly 8 million American adults had co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Because substance use and mental illness co-occur with such frequency, physicians believe screening for these conditions at the earliest opportunity is imperative. Minnesota’s Department of Human Services, Chemical and Mental Health …

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Understanding brain development malfunctions

In what could be a pivotal discovery, medical researchers have identified a brain receptor thought to be the one that initiates adolescent synaptic pruning; a maintenance process which facilitates learning. Synaptic pruning is what has been revealed to malfunction in young people with autism or schizophrenia. As referenced in our previous article explaining synaptic pruning, …

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