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Hurricane Katrina Survivors Lack Access to Mental Health Services

Science Update

National Institute of Mental Health

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.

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Preschoolers with Three or More Coexisting Disorders Show No Response to ADHD Medication Treatment

Press Release

National Institute of Mental Health

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).

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Depressed Adolescents Respond Best to Combination Treatment

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National Institute of Mental Health

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).

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Workplace Depression Screening, Outreach and Enhanced Treatment Improves Productivity, Lowers Employer Costs

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National Institute of Mental Health

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).

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New Collaboration Evaluates Effectiveness of Mental Illness Educational Project

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National Institute of Mental Health

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.

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Newly Funded Center Dedicated to Mental Health Research for Asian Americans

Science Update

National Institute of Mental Health

Science UpdateSeptember 19, 2007 Newly Funded Center Dedicated to Mental Health Research for Asian AmericansA new, five-year, NIMH-funded project will establish a national center to study mental health issues affecting Asian Americans.

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New Research to Help Youth with Mental Disorders Transition to Adulthood

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National Institute of Mental Health

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.

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Studies Refine Understanding of Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

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National Institute of Mental Health

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.

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Behavioral Interventions Effective for Preschoolers with ADHD

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National Institute of Mental Health

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.

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Improvement Following ADHD Treatment Sustained in Most Children

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National Institute of Mental Health

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).

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New Research to Study Program that Improves Police Interactions with Mentally Ill

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National Institute of Mental Health

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

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Violence in Schizophrenia Patients More Likely Among Those with Childhood Conduct Problems

Press Release

National Institute of Mental Health

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).

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New Study Will Examine Effects of Excluding Anti-anxiety Medications in Medicare Part D Coverage

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National Institute of Mental Health

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.

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NIMH Funds Research for Early Intervention in Childhood Bipolar Disorder

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National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH recently approved funding to test the effectiveness of an early intervention in children at high risk for developing bipolar disorder.

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Intensive Psychotherapy More Effective Than Brief Therapy for Treating Bipolar Depression

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National Institute of Mental Health

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).

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Study Sheds Light on Medication Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder

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National Institute of Mental Health

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.

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New Details in Schizophrenia Treatment Trial Emerge

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National Institute of Mental Health

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.

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