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Despite Risks, Benzodiazepine Use Highest in Older People

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Prescription use of benzodiazepines—a widely used class of sedative and anti-anxiety medications—increases steadily with age, despite the known risks for older people, according to a comprehensive analysis of benzodiazepine prescribing in the United States.

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Medications for Patients with First Episode Psychosis May Not Meet Guidelines

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Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode

Many patients with first-episode psychosis receive medications that do not meet guidelines. A study finds that almost 40 % of people with first-episode psychosis in community mental health clinics across the country might benefit from medication treatment changes.

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Soldiers at Increased Suicide Risk after Leaving Hospital

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Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)

Soldiers hospitalized with a psychiatric disorder have a higher suicide risk in the year following discharge from the hospital.

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RDoC Webinar Series Kickoff Event with Dr. Bruce Cuthbert

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Research Domain Criteria

Dr. Bruce Cuthbert, director of the RDoC unit, kicks off the new RDoC Webinar Series by discussing the guiding principles of RDoC and answering viewers’ questions during a live Q&A period.

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Largest Autism Gene Dragnet Fingers 33 Prime Suspects

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Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found.

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NIMH Website Goes Mobile

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NIMH Website Goes Mobile

An increasing number of U.S. adults connect to the web through smartphones or a tablets, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Internet Project. With NIMH’s new mobile-friendly website, visitors can access NIMH information and resources anywhere, anytime, and on any device—from desktop computers to tablets and mobile phones.

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NIMH Creates New Unit to Support Its Research Domain Criteria Initiative

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Research Domain Criteria

NIMH announces a new unit within the Office of the Director to support the development of the institute’s Research Domain Criteria initiative. The unit will enhance communication with scientists, clinicians, and the public to refine the RDoC research framework and accelerate the translation of basic research into clinical treatments.

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Rapid Agent Restores Pleasure-seeking Ahead of Other Antidepressant Action

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A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of – and ahead of – its other antidepressant effects.

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Groundbreaking Suicide Study

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A groundbreaking study will help researchers learn more about treating people with suicidal thoughts. Nearly 20,000 patients will be able to enroll in the trial. One of the treatments being tested was developed with the help of other patients

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Increased Health Risks Linked to First-episode Psychosis

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Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode

Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found.

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