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Bigger Human Brain Prioritizes Thinking Hub – at a Cost

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Scientists have discovered that bigger human brains are organized differently than smaller ones.

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Age-Related Racial Disparity in Suicide Rates Among U.S. Youth

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Researchers have discovered an age-related racial disparity in suicide rates for U.S. youth between the ages of 5 and 17. The findings suggest a need for more research into contributing factors and targeted interventions for children.

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NIMH to Host Twitter Chat on Teen Depression

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On May 3, 2018, join NIMH for a Twitter chat on teen depression with experts Dr. Argyris Stringaris and Dr. Ken Towbin.

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Intramural Researchers Develop Suicide Risk Screening Toolkit for Medical Settings

Science Update

NIMH researchers have developed a brief screening questionnaire for medical professionals to identify youth at risk for suicide.

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Our Brains Harbor “Residual Echo” of Neanderthal Genes

Science Update

Researchers have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a “residual echo” from our ancient past. The more a person’s genome carries genetic vestiges of Neanderthals, the more certain parts of his or her brain and skull resemble those of humans’ evolutionary cousins that went extinct 40,000 years ago.

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Guidelines published for treating PANS/PANDAS

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An expert panel has published guidelines for treatment of Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and a subset of patients diagnosed with PAN Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infection (PANDAS).

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NIMH to Host Multimodal Brain Stimulation Speaker Series

Science Update

Beginning May 31, 2017, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will launch a speaker series intended to bring together leaders in the field conducting research using non-invasive brain stimulation and functional imaging including EEG, fMRI, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

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Brain “Relay” Also Key to Holding Thoughts in Mind

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Long overlooked as a mere “relay,” an egg-like structure in the middle of the brain also turns out to play a pivotal role in tuning-up thinking circuity. A trio of studies in mice are revealing that the thalamus sustains the ability to distinguish categories and hold thoughts in mind. It might even become a target for interventions for psychiatric disorders marked by working memory problems, such as schizophrenia.

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Emergency Departments Could Play Significant Role in Reducing Suicide Attempts

Science Update

Research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows hospital emergency departments can play a vital role in lowering the number of suicide attempts among adults by as much as 30 percent.

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Estrogen Alters Memory Circuit Function in Women with Gene Variant

Science Update

Brain scans reveal that fluctuations in estrogen can trigger atypical functioning in a key brain memory circuit in women with a common version of a gene. Since working memory function is often disturbed in mental disorders, such gene-hormone interactions are suspect mechanisms that may confer risk.

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Sex Hormone–Sensitive Gene Complex Linked to Premenstrual Mood Disorder

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Researchers have discovered molecular mechanisms that may underlie a woman’s susceptibility to disabling irritability, sadness, and anxiety in the days leading up to her menstrual period.

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NIMH’s Francis McMahon, M.D., Awarded Prestigious Colvin Prize

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announces that Francis McMahon, M.D., is a recipient of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s 2016 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research.

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Circuitry for Fearful Feelings, Behavior Untangled in Anxiety Disorders

Science Update

Untangling the brain circuitry of fearful feelings from that underlying defensive behaviors is key to improving treatments for anxiety disorders, argue two leading experts.

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Game Corrects Children’s Misreading of Emotional Faces to Tame Irritability

Science Update

A computer game that changes a tendency to misread ambiguous faces as angry is showing promise as a potential treatment for irritability in children

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Irritability in Children - Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Ellen Leibenluft, M.D., NIMH Emotion and Development Branch, explains the history of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.

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Irritability in Children - Facial Emotion Study

Drs Ellen Leibenluft and Melissa Brotman, NIMH Emotion and Development Branch, explain a study aimed at reducing irritability in children by re-training their responses to facial emotion.

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Irritability in Children - How Parents Can Help

Dr. Ellen Leibenluft, NIMH Emotion and Development Branch, discusses how parents can help an irritable child.

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Irritability in Children - Dr. Ellen Leibenluft

Dr. Ellen Leibenluft, NIMH Emotion and Development Branch, discusses research on irritability in children.

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Webinar: Severe Irritability and DMDD in Youth -- Dr. Kenneth Towbin

NIMH child and adolescent psychiatrist Kenneth Towbin, M.D., discusses NIMH research into childhood severe irritability and disruptive mood dysregulation.

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Ketamine Lifts Depression via a Byproduct of its Metabolism

Press Release

A chemical byproduct, or metabolite, created as the body breaks down likely holds the secret to its rapid antidepressant action .

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Secrets to Our Smarts Hidden in the Folds of Our Cortex

Science Update

The more folding in the thinking parts of our brain, the smarter we are – to a degree.

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Circuit Tweak Boosts Social Memory in Mice

Science Update

Researchers have boosted the staying power of a social memory at least 80-fold by stimulating a circuit they discovered in mouse brain.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Clinical Research Participation

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Men and Depression

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Rapid Agent Restores Pleasure-seeking Ahead of Other Antidepressant Action

Press Release

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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NIMH Twitter Chat on Depression and the Development of Novel Medications

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Depression and the Development of Novel Medications

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Unearthing Secrets of New Neurons

Unearthing Secrets of New Neurons

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

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Common Gene Variants Account for Most Genetic Risk for Autism

Press Release

Most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches.

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Genes Impact Suspect Cortex Areas More as Youth Mature

Science Update

Later evolving and maturing brain areas, which also are those most implicated in mental illness, showed gradually increasing heritability, peaking by late adolescence – the age-of-onset for most mental disorders. New findings hold promise for understanding how age plays an important role in gene-environment interactions that underlie the disorders.

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Genes Impact Suspect Cortex Areas More as Youth Mature

Genes Impact Suspect Cortex Areas More as Youth Mature

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Postpartum Depression

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Postpartum Depression

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Channel Makover Switches Off Neurons in a Flash

Channel Makover Switches Off Neurons in a Flash

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

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NIMH Outreach Partnership Program

NIMH Outreach Partnership Program

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Patches of Disorganization in the Neocortex of Children with Autism

Patches of Disorganization in the Neocortex of Children with Autism

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Middle Schoolers’ Field Day with the Brain

Middle Schoolers’ Field Day with the Brain

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Suicide in the Military: Army-NIH Funded Study Points to Risk and Protective Factors

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Although the suicide attempt and death rates in the U.S. Army have been historically below the civilian rate, these rates began climbing in the early 2000s, and by 2008, exceeded those of civilians. A joint study between the Army and NIMH, called Army STARRS, recently released findings that shed light on the problem.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #1: You can tell by looking at someone

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #1: You can tell by looking at someone

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #2: Families are to Blame

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #2: Families are to Blame

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #3: Mothers are to Blame

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #3: Mothers are to Blame

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #4: Eating Disorders are a Choice

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #4: Eating Disorders are a Choice

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #5: Eating Disorders are the province of white upper-middle class teenage girls

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #5: Eating Disorders are the province of white upper-middle class teenage girls

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #6: Eating Disorders are Benign

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #6: Eating Disorders are Benign

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #7: Society Alone to Blame

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #7: Society Alone to Blame

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #8: Genes are Destiny

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #8: Genes are Destiny

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #9: Eating Disorders are for Life

Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #9: Eating Disorders are for Life

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Eating Disorders

Science Update

NIMH Twitter Chat on Eating Disorders

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NICHD/NIMH Podcast on Youth Violence

Science Update

NIMH/NICHD experts explain what sparks and halts youth violence.

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Bullying Exerts Psychiatric Effects Into Adulthood

Once considered a childhood rite of passage, bullying lingers well into adulthood. Bullies and victims alike are at risk for psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide when they become adults, reported a study partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that was published in the April issue of JAMA Psychiatry.

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Project Achieve Weight Loss Trial for People with Serious Mental Illness

NIMH grantee Dr. Gail Daumit talks about the Project Achieve weight loss trial.

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NIMH’s Dr. Maura Furey on scopolamine research

Dr. Maura Furey on the search for a fast acting anti-depressant.

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