News and Multimedia from 2007 Featuring DSIR
- Hurricane Katrina Survivors Lack Access to Mental Health Services
- Science Update December 17, 2007
The majority of Hurricane Katrina survivors who developed mental disorders after the disaster are not receiving the mental health services they need, and many who were receiving mental health care prior to the hurricane were not able to continue with treatment, according to an NIMH-funded study published online ahead of print December 17, 2007, in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
- Behavioral Program May Stabilize Stress Hormone Patterns in Foster Children
- Science Update November 30, 2007
An intervention designed to enhance family interaction and improve foster parenting skills may benefit young foster children who had experienced extreme neglect or maltreatment in early life.
- Preschoolers with Three or More Coexisting Disorders Show No Response to ADHD Medication Treatment
- Press Release November 05, 2007
Preschoolers who are diagnosed with ADHD are not likely to respond to treatment with the stimulant methylphenidate, regardless of dosage, if they also have three or more coexisting disorders, according to a recent analysis of data from the Preschoolers with ADHD Treatment Study (PATS).
- Depressed Adolescents Respond Best to Combination Treatment
- Press Release October 01, 2007
A combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medication appears to be the most effective treatment for adolescents with major depressive disorder—more than medication alone or psychotherapy alone, according to results from a major clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
- Workplace Depression Screening, Outreach and Enhanced Treatment Improves Productivity, Lowers Employer Costs
- Press Release September 26, 2007
Enhanced and systematic efforts to identify and treat depression in the workplace significantly improves employee health and productivity, likely leading to lower costs overall for the employer, according to a study published September 26, 2007, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
- New Collaboration Evaluates Effectiveness of Mental Illness Educational Project
- Science Update September 19, 2007
Two new grants funded by NIMH will examine the effectiveness of educational materials designed to teach young people about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma associated with them.
- Newly Funded Center Dedicated to Mental Health Research for Asian Americans
- Science Update September 19, 2007
Science Update September 19, 2007 Newly Funded Center Dedicated to Mental Health Research for Asian Americans A new, five-year, NIMH-funded project will establish a national center to study mental health issues affecting Asian Americans.
- Drops in SSRI prescription rates may coincide with increases in youth suicides
- Science Update September 19, 2007
A 2004 spike in suicide rates may have coincided with a drop in antidepressant prescriptions for youth, following warnings from U.S and European regulatory agencies that the medications might trigger suicidal thoughts.
- Family Involvement and Focused Intervention May be Key to Helping Teens with Bulimia
- Science Update September 17, 2007
Family-based treatment for adolescent bulimia nervosa (FBT-BN) is more effective than an individual-based therapy called supportive psychotherapy (SPT) in helping teens overcome bulimia according to an NIMH-funded study.
- Global Survey Reveals Significant Gap in Meeting World's Mental Health Care Needs
- Press Release September 06, 2007
Mental disorders rank among the top ten illnesses causing disability—more than 37 percent worldwide—with depression being the leading cause of disability among people ages 15 and older, according to the Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors published in 2006.
- New Research to Help Youth with Mental Disorders Transition to Adulthood
- Science Update September 05, 2007
As young people with mental health disorders transition from adolescence to adulthood, they frequently face new and difficult challenges such as the loss of state-issued benefits like Medicaid and foster care, or loss of family-based insurance coverage.
- Studies Refine Understanding of Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
- Science Update September 01, 2007
Two new studies provide additional details on best practices for treating people with bipolar disorder, a sometimes debilitating illness marked by severe mood swings between depression and mania.
- Behavioral Interventions Effective for Preschoolers with ADHD
- Science Update August 15, 2007
Two types of early interventions designed to reduce symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in preschoolers may be effective alternatives or additions to medication treatment, according to a recent NIMH-funded study.
- Improvement Following ADHD Treatment Sustained in Most Children
- Press Release July 20, 2007
Most children treated in a variety of ways for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) showed sustained improvement after three years in a major follow-up study funded by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
- New Research to Study Program that Improves Police Interactions with Mentally Ill
- Science Update July 12, 2007
A new grant funded by NIMH will examine the effectiveness and utility of a program designed to improve police interactions with people who have mental disorders
- Violence in Schizophrenia Patients More Likely Among Those with Childhood Conduct Problems
- Press Release July 02, 2007
Some people with schizophrenia who become violent may do so for reasons unrelated to their current illness, according to a new study analyzing data from the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials for Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE).
- New Study Will Examine Effects of Excluding Anti-anxiety Medications in Medicare Part D Coverage
- Science Update June 22, 2007
A new research grant funded by NIMH will examine the costs and benefits of excluding a commonly prescribed class of anti-anxiety medications—benzodiazepines—from coverage in the new Medicare Part D program. Medicare Part D, the prescription drug coverage plan for people insured by Medicare, went into effect in January 2006.
- Antipsychotic Medications for Schizophrenia on Equal Footing in Improving Patients’ Thinking Skills
- Science Update June 04, 2007
Patients with schizophrenia taking antipsychotic medications experience a small improvement in thinking and reasoning skills (neurocognition), but no one medication appears to be better than the others in improving these skills during the first two crucial months of treatment, according to the latest results from the NIMH-funded Clinical Antipsychotic Trials for Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE).
- NIMH Funds Research for Early Intervention in Childhood Bipolar Disorder
- Science Update June 04, 2007
NIMH recently approved funding to test the effectiveness of an early intervention in children at high risk for developing bipolar disorder.
- In Second Try to Treat Depression, Cognitive Therapy Generally As Effective As Medication
- Science Update May 01, 2007
Switching to or adding cognitive therapy (CT) after a first unsuccessful attempt at treating depression with an antidepressant medication is generally as effective as switching to or adding another medication, but remission may take longer to achieve
- Benefits of Antidepressants May Outweigh Risks for Kids
- Science Update April 17, 2007
The benefits of antidepressant medications likely outweigh their risks to children and adolescents with major depression and anxiety disorders, according to a new comprehensive review of pediatric trials conducted between 1988 and 2006. The study, partially funded by NIMH, was published in the April 18, 2007, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- Intensive Psychotherapy More Effective Than Brief Therapy for Treating Bipolar Depression
- Press Release April 02, 2007
Patients taking medications to treat bipolar disorder are more likely to get well faster and stay well if they receive intensive psychotherapy, according to results from the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD), funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
- Study Sheds Light on Medication Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder
- Press Release March 28, 2007
For depressed people with bipolar disorder who are taking a mood stabilizer, adding an antidepressant medication is no more effective than a placebo (sugar pill), according to results published online on March 28, 2007 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
- Global Use of ADHD Medications Rises Dramatically
- Science Update March 06, 2007
Global use of medications that treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) nearly tripled from 1993 to 2003, and spending on the drugs rose nine-fold, according to a study co-funded by NIMH and published in the March/April 2007 issue of Health Affairs.
- New Details in Schizophrenia Treatment Trial Emerge
- Press Release March 01, 2007
Two new studies from the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials for Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) provide more insights into comparing treatment options, and to what extent antipsychotic medications help people with schizophrenia learn social, interpersonal and community living skills.
- Autism Research Efforts Highlighted in Biological Psychiatry Special Issue
- Science Update February 06, 2007
The February 15, 2007 special issue of Biological Psychiatry is dedicated to recent advances in autism research, including many studies funded by the Institute.
- Adult Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch
- Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch
- Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch
- Office of Research Training and Career Development
- Ethics of Mental Disorders Research Program
- Clinical Trials Operations and Biostatistics Unit (CTOB)
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