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New NIMH Strategic Plan Paves the Way for Advances in Mental Health Research

Press Release

The Strategic Plan for Research advances the Institute’s mission and helps guide future mental health research efforts.

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Emergency Drug Overdose Visits Associated with Increased Risk for Later Suicide

Press Release

A new data analysis has found patients who visited the emergency department for an opioid or sedative/hypnotic drug overdose were at higher risk of dying by drug overdose or suicide in the year after being discharged relative to the general population.

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Infant Temperament Predicts Personality More Than 20 Years Later

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Researchers investigating how temperament shapes adult life-course outcomes have found that behavioral inhibition in infancy predicts a reserved, introverted personality at age 26 and for some, a risk of internalizing psychopathology such as anxiety and depression.

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Digital Mental Health: Innovating in a Time of High Anxiety

Institute Update

Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.B.B.S., of Duke University School of Medicine, discuss the use of apps to manage mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Media Advisory: NIMH Experts Available to Discuss Mental Health Concerns Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Media Advisory

Experts from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) are available to speak on a variety of topics related to mental health and the coronavirus pandemic, such as the effects of the pandemic and isolation on those with and without mental illnesses; healthy ways to deal with stress, anxiety, and loneliness; how to talk with children and teens about the coronavirus; and how people can find mental health help and support if they need it.

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Supporting Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Institute Update

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful – it can be difficult to cope with fear and anxiety, changing daily routines, and a general sense of uncertainty. Taking steps to care for your mental health can help you manage stress.

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Fast-Fail Trial Shows New Approach to Identifying Brain Targets for Clinical Treatments

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An innovative NIMH-funded trial shows that a receptor involved in the brain’s reward system may be a viable target for treating anhedonia (or lack of pleasure), a key symptom of several mood and anxiety disorders.

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Neural Signature Identifies People Likely to Respond to Antidepressant Medication

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NIH-funded research uses machine learning algorithm to predict individual response to a commonly-prescribed antidepressant.

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NIMH Scientific Director Susan Amara Selected as AAAS President-Elect

Institute Update

Susan Amara, Ph.D., scientific director of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), has been selected to serve as president-elect of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Emergency Department Study Reveals Patterns of Patients at Increased Risk for Suicide

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A new NIMH-funded study found that people who presented to California emergency departments with deliberate self-harm or suicidal ideation had suicide rates significantly higher than those of demographically similar Californians in the year after discharge.

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