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Science News About Women’s Mental Health

Estrogen Alters Memory Circuit Function in Women with Gene Variant

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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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Higher Death Rate Among Youth with First Episode Psychosis

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A new study shows that young people with first episode psychosis have a much higher death rate than previously thought. Researchers looked at people aged 16-30 and found that the group died at a rate at least 24 times greater than the same age group in the general population.

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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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Adding Better Mental Health Care to Primary Care

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Medicare’s new policy supports Collaborative Care and could improve the lives of millions of people with behavioral health conditions.

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Soldiers at Increased Suicide Risk after Leaving Hospital

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

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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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NIMH Twitter Chat on Postpartum Depression

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Postpartum Depression

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