- Genes Impact Suspect Cortex Areas More as Youth Mature
Thickening of cortex areas implicated in mental illness shows increasing genetic influence as the brain develops in childhood and adolescence, NIMH researchers have found. These areas also happen to be the latest to evolve and the last to mature. The peak of genetic influence in these areas coincides with the typical age-of-onset of most mental disorders in late adolescence/early adulthood. The new findings may provide insight into the workings of gene-by-environment-by age interactions in the disorders, says Jay Giedd, M.D., of the NIMH Child Psychiatry Branch.
Jay Giedd, M.D., Eric Schmitt, Ph.D., NIMH - MRI movies
Cristophe Lenglet, Ph.D., U. Minnesota -- DSI brain image
Van Wedeen, M.D., Harvard/MGH - DSI Animation
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation - video clip
UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging -- DSI animation from "Navigating the Connectome"
- NIMH Outreach Partnership Program
The Outreach Partnership Program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) works to increase the public's access to science-based information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. With an emphasis on reaching underserved populations and promoting participation in research, the partnerships also help the NIMH understand concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the Institute supports.
- Patches of Disorganization in the Neocortex of Children with Autism
This video has no audio. The architecture of the autistic brain is speckled with patches of abnormal neurons, according to research partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 27, 2014, this study suggests that brain irregularities in children with autism can be traced back to prenatal development.
Source: Rich Stoner, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
- Middle Schoolers’ Field Day with the Brain
Each year, NIMH scientists provide middle school students with a hands-on experience in understanding the workings of the brain, as part of a Brain Awareness Week program at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD. This video from the 2013 event features interviews with students, Museum and NIMH staffers.
For more information about the 2014 Brain Awareness Week event at the Museum, see:
Students Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain with NIH Scientists
- Bullying Exerts Psychiatric Effects Into Adulthood
- Development of the Young Brain
For more than twenty years, National Institute of Mental Health neuroscientist Dr. Jay Giedd has studied the development of the adolescent brain. Decades of imaging work have led to remarkable insight and a more than a few surprises.
- Helping Young People with ASD Find Jobs
NIH Radio: Listen to an interview with Louise Buchholz, the Content Director responsible for JobTIPS web program.
- ADHD: Signs, Symptoms, Research
NIMH researchers talk about the symptoms of ADHD as well as the latest research.
- Mental Health of US Children
Best-selling author and journalist Judith Warner met with NIMH Director, Tom Insel . Warner has written extensively about American family culture, raising children in today's society, and now, the challenges faced by families of children diagnosed with mental disorders. Ms. Warner is a former contributing columnist for the New York Times and was a special correspondent for Newsweek in Paris.
- Lisa Gilotty on Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children
Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children, Dr. Lisa Gilotty with the Research Program on Autism Spectrum Disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health talks about ASD research
- Ben Vitiello on Symptoms of ADHD in Children
ADHD - Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children
- Ben Vitiello on Treatment Options for ADHD in Children
Dr. Ben Vitiello, Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, talks about therapy and medication treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
- Ben Vitiello on Childhood Depression
Dr. Ben Vitiello, Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, talks about the symptoms of childhood depression and treatment options.
- Joel Sherill on Anxiety Disorders in Children
Dr. Joel Sherrill, head of the Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Intervention Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, talks about the various anxiety disorders that can affect children.
- Jane Pearson on Warning Signs for Childhood Suicide
It’s a question asked by parents, educators and health professionals. How do we prevent suicide among our children? In this special podcast series devoted to Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Dr. Jane Pearson of the National Institute of Mental Health talks about important warning signs that come from children. She also looks at how well-intended reaction to tragedy can have unintended consequences. Dr. Pearson is with the Division of Services and Intervention Research at NIMH and a leading expert on suicide research.
- Jane Pearson on Childhood Suicide and Keeping Kids Safe Online
The internet and social media are powerful tools that influence virtually everyone. Unfortunately, too many children have made tragic decisions based on what they see on the web. But in this special podcast series devoted to Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Dr. Jane Pearson of the National Institute of Mental Health talks about how the internet is increasingly becoming a means of preventing childhood suicide. Dr. Pearson is with the Division of Services and Intervention Research at NIMH and a leading expert on suicide research.
- Childhood Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Spectrum Disorder is rare among children. But for parents who may have concerns about their youngster’s behavior, Dr. Ellen Leibenluft talks about possible warning signs. Dr. Leibenluft is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Bipolar Spectrum Disorder Section at the National Institute of Mental Health.
- An Overview of American Children and Mental Health
It’s been called one of the richest studies of its kind. The National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey looked into the well being of the nation’s children. Dr. Kathleen Merikangas of the National Institute of Mental Health was the lead author of the survey that tracked mental disorders in children and how many of those surveyed received treatment.