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New Collaboration Evaluates Effectiveness of Mental Illness Educational Project
September 19, 2007 • Science Update
Two new grants funded by NIMH will examine the effectiveness of educational materials designed to teach young people about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma associated with them.
Newly Funded Center Dedicated to Mental Health Research for Asian Americans
September 19, 2007 • Science Update
A new, five-year, NIMH-funded project will establish a national center to study mental health issues affecting Asian Americans.
Drops in SSRI prescription rates may coincide with increases in youth suicides
September 19, 2007 • Science Update
A 2004 spike in suicide rates may have coincided with a drop in antidepressant prescriptions for youth, following warnings from U.S. and European regulatory agencies that the medications might trigger suicidal thoughts.
Family Involvement and Focused Intervention May be Key to Helping Teens with Bulimia
September 17, 2007 • Science Update
Family-based treatment for adolescent bulimia nervosa (FBT-BN) is more effective than an individual-based therapy called supportive psychotherapy (SPT) in helping teens overcome bulimia according to an NIMH-funded study.
Manic Phase of Bipolar Disorder Benefits from Breast Cancer Medication
September 12, 2007 • Press Release
The medication tamoxifen, best known as a treatment for breast cancer, dramatically reduces symptoms of the manic phase of bipolar disorder more quickly than many standard medications for the mental illness, a new study shows.
NIMH Funds Additional New Research on Autism
September 11, 2007 • Science Update
NIMH is funding several new grants that will further our understanding of autism spectrum disorder, which is marked by a pervasive impairment in communicating, expressing emotion, and relating to others socially.
Global Survey Reveals Significant Gap in Meeting World's Mental Health Care Needs
September 6, 2007 • Press Release
Mental disorders rank among the top ten illnesses causing disability—more than 37 percent worldwide—with depression being the leading cause of disability among people ages 15 and older, according to the Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors published in 2006.
New Research to Help Youth with Mental Disorders Transition to Adulthood
September 5, 2007 • Science Update
As young people with mental health disorders transition from adolescence to adulthood, they frequently face new and difficult challenges such as the loss of state-issued benefits like Medicaid and foster care, or loss of family-based insurance coverage. Unfortunately, many are not prepared for the abrupt transition and may not be able to effectively manage their disorder on their own.
Rates of Bipolar Diagnosis in Youth Rapidly Climbing, Treatment Patterns Similar to Adults
September 3, 2007 • Press Release
The number of visits to a doctor's office that resulted in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents has increased by 40 times over the last decade, reported researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Studies Refine Understanding of Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
September 1, 2007 • Science Update
Two new studies provide additional details on best practices for treating people with bipolar disorder, a sometimes debilitating illness marked by severe mood swings between depression and mania. The two studies are part of the NIMH-funded Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD).
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