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News and Multimedia from 2006 Featuring DATR

Landmark Council Session Spotlights “Real World” Trials

Science Update

Principal investigators of NIMHs four large-scale clinical trials presented study results and their implications at the National Advisory Mental Health Council meeting on September 15, 2006.

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New Data on Suicidal Behaviors in Black Americans May Guide Interventions

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The prevalence of attempted suicide among black Americans is higher than previously reported, but near the levels reported for the general population.

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Benefits to Employers Outweigh Enhanced Depression-Care Costs

Press Release

It may be in society’s and employers’ best interests to offer programs that actively seek out and treat depression in the workforce, suggests an analysis funded by NIMH.

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Mouse Model May Reveal Anxiety Gene, Marker for Antidepressant Failure

Science Update

Studies of a new mouse model suggest that a specific gene variation plays a role in the development of anxiety disorders and in resistance to common medications for anxiety and depression.

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U.S. Youth Suicide Rates Lower in Counties with High SSRI Use

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For children ages five to 14, suicide rates from 1996 to 1998 were lower in areas of the country with higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions, according to an NIMH-funded study published in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Preschoolers with ADHD Improve with Low Doses of Medication

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The first long-term, large-scale study designed to determine the safety and effectiveness of treating preschoolers who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with methylphenidate (Ritalin) has found that overall, low doses of this medication are effective and safe.

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Bipolar Disorder Exacts Twice Depression’s Toll in Workplace, Productivity Lags Even After Mood Lifts

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Bipolar disorder costs twice as much in lost productivity as major depressive disorder, an NIMH funded study has found.

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Brain Changes Mirror Symptoms in ADHD

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The severity of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in youth appears to be reflected in their brain structure, recent NIMH-supported brain imaging studies are finding.

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Obesity Linked with Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Science Update

Results of an NIMH-funded study show that nearly one out of four cases of obesity is associated with a mood or anxiety disorder, but the causal relationship and complex interplay between the two is still unclear.

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Targeted Therapy Halves Suicide Attempts in Borderline Personality Disorder

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) reduced suicide attempts by half compared with other types of psychotherapy available in the community in patients with borderline personality disorder, an NIMH-funded study has found.

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Intermittent Explosive Disorder Affects up to 16 Million Americans

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A little-known mental disorder marked by episodes of unwarranted anger is more common than previously thought, a study funded by NIMH has found.

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Harvard Study Suggests Significant Prevalence of ADHD Symptoms Among Adults

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A recent NIMH-funded survey tracking the prevalence of attention deficit/hyperactivity symptoms found that an estimated 4.4 percent of adults ages 18-44 in the United States experience symptoms and some disability.

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Maintenance Treatment Prevents Recurrence in Older Adults with Single-Episode Depression

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People age 70 and older who continued taking the antidepressant that helped them to initially recover from their first episode of depression were 60 percent less likely to experience a new episode of depression over a two-year study period than those who stopped taking the medication, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Early Findings from Largest NIMH-Funded Research Program on Bipolar Disorder Begin to Build Evidence-Base on Best Treatment Options

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Findings from an NIMH research program on bipolar disorder provide much needed long-term data on the chronic, recurrent course of the disorder, and begin the work of building an evidence-base on the best treatments for those with the disorder.

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