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Recruitment Begins for Landmark Study of Adolescent Brain Development

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The study will follow the biological and behavioral development of more than 10,000 children through adolescence into early adulthood.

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

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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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Students Explore the Brain with NIH Scientists

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Students explore the brain with NIH scientists in celebration of Brain Awareness Week (March 14-18, 2016).

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Symptoms Outdo Diagnoses in Predicting Bipolar Disorder in At-Risk Youth

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Three types of symptoms emerged as powerful predictors of whether a youth with one parent with bipolar disorder will go on to develop the disorder, according to a new NIMH-funded study of 391 at-risk youth.

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Federal Agencies Partner to Promote Coordinated Services for Patients with First Episode Psychosis

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On October 16, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced support for a new treatment for first episode psychosis called coordinated specialty care (CSC). This decision means more clinics may be able to offer CSC and it may become more readily available.

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Team-based Treatment is Better for First Episode Psychosis

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New research shows that a team-based, coordinated specialty care treatment plan produces better outcomes than typical community care for people with first episode psychosis. Investigators also found that treatment is most effective for people who receive care soon after psychotic symptoms begin.

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Psychosis Treatment Program Expands in New York

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New York expanded OnTrackNY, a treatment program for youth with psychosis which is an offshoot of one of the two NIMH-funded Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) studies.

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NIH Joins Public-Private Partnership to Fund Research on Autism Biomarkers

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James McPartland, Ph.D. of Yale University will lead a new four-year $28 million Biomarkers Consortium project that aims to improve clinical evaluation of treatments for social impairment in children with autism.

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Boys More Likely to Have Antipsychotics Prescribed, Regardless of Age

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Boys are more likely than girls to receive an antipsychotic prescription regardless of age, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Personalized Screen to ID Suicidal Teens in 14 ERs

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A new study will develop and test a personalized, computer-based suicide risk screening tool to help ERs identify troubled teenagers.

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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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Learn About the Adolescent Brain with Expert Dr. Jay Giedd on May 8!

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NIMH expert Dr. Jay Giedd will discuss the developing adolescent brain at a community event on May 8. The event will be video archived.

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Disorganized Cortical Patches Suggest Prenatal Origin of Autism

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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, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 27, 2014.

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NIMH Scientists Help Students Learn About the Brain at NMHM

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NIMH scientists presented hands-on demonstrations of neural electrical activity at the National Museum of Health and Medicine Brain Awareness Week program, March 12, 2014.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Eating Disorders

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Eating Disorders

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Join the 2014 Drug Facts Chat Day

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Join the 2014 Drug Facts Chat Day

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Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Young Infants

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Earliest Marker for Autism Found in Infants

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Bullying Prevention

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NIH experts Drs. Chris Sarampote and Valerie Maholmes discuss bullying prevention.

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NIMH Scientists Honored with 2013 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Awards

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Miss the Twitter chat on the teen brain and Brain Awareness Week? Read the transcript.

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Science/AAAS Google+ Hangout on the Adolescent Brain Featuring NIMH’s Jay Giedd, M.D.

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NIMH scientist Jay Giedd, M.D. discusses the teen brain with Science/AAAS in a Google+ Hangout.

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Jay Giedd on PBS Documentary “Brains on Trial”

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NIMH’s Jay Giedd discusses brain scan research with Alan Alda in the two-episode PBS documentary “Brains on Trial.”

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Webinar on Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia with NIMH’s Judith L. Rapoport, M.D.

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Register for a webinar on September 9 featuring NIMH scientist Dr. Judith Rapoport, who will discuss brain development in childhood and adolescence and childhood-onset schizophrenia.

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NAB Unveils Youth Mental Health Awareness Campaign

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On Tuesday, July 23, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) launched “OK2Talk,” a mental health awareness campaign to increase understanding and awareness about mental health in youth. The campaign includes television and radio ads in English and Spanish that feature teens and young adults opening up about their experiences with mental health.

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Bullying Exerts Psychiatric Effects Into Adulthood

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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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Twitter Chat on PANDAS/PANS

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NIMH experts discuss childhood rapid-onset OCD during our next Twitter chat on May 8, 2013.

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Autism Risk Unrelated to Total Vaccine Exposure in Early Childhood

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A child’s risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not increased by receiving “too many vaccines too soon,” according to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.

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Twitter Chat on The Teen Brain—NIMH Experts Discuss Brain Awareness Week

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Miss the Twitter chat on the teen brain and Brain Awareness Week? Read the transcript.

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Students Explore the Wonders of the Brain

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As part of the National Museum of Health and Medicine museum’s 14th annual Brain Awareness Week celebration, several hundred curious students from the Washington, D.C., area will have a chance to learn about what goes on inside the human brain, through a series of interactive exhibits led by scientists from eight institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

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Long-term Course of ADHD Diagnosed in Preschool Years Can be Chronic and Severe

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Long-term Course of ADHD Diagnosed in Preschool Years Can be Chronic and Severe

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Guide Offers a Blueprint for End-of-Life Conversation With Youth

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A new guide can help young people with serious illness express how they would like to be cared for and supported.

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