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Benefits to Employers Outweigh Enhanced Depression-Care Costs
December 4, 2006 • Press Release
It may be in society’s and employers’ best interests to offer programs that actively seek out and treat depression in the workforce, suggests an analysis funded by NIMH.
Older Medication May Be More Cost-Effective for Some Patients with Schizophrenia
December 1, 2006 • Press Release
A new study analyzing the economic implications of the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) concludes that the older (first generation) antipsychotic medication perphenazine was less expensive and no less effective than the newer (second generation) medications used in the trial during initial treatment, suggesting that older antipsychotics still have a role in treating schizophrenia.
Targeting the Most Aggressive Children May Be Cost-Effective Prevention of Later Conduct Disorders
November 14, 2006 • Science Update
Targeted preventive interventions may help reduce conduct problems in children displaying the most aggressive or disruptive behaviors.
New NIMH Research Strives to Understand How Antidepressants May Be Associated with Suicidal Thoughts and Actions
November 13, 2006 • Science Update
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, is funding five new research projects that will shed light on antidepressant medications, notably selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and their association with suicidal thoughts and actions.
Mouse Model May Reveal Anxiety Gene, Marker for Antidepressant Failure
November 9, 2006 • Science Update
Studies of a new mouse model suggest that a specific gene variation plays a role in the development of anxiety disorders and in resistance to common medications for anxiety and depression.
U.S. Youth Suicide Rates Lower in Counties with High SSRI Use
November 8, 2006 • Science Update
For children ages five to 14, suicide rates from 1996 to 1998 were lower in areas of the country with higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions, according to an NIMH-funded study published in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Odds of Beating Depression Diminish as Additional Treatment Strategies are Needed
November 1, 2006 • Science Update
An overall assessment of the nation's largest real-world study of treatment-resistant depression suggests that a patient with persistent depression can get well after trying several treatment strategies, but his or her odds of beating the depression diminish as additional treatment strategies are needed.
Colloquium to Mark 25 Years of Improving Access to Mental Health Research Careers
October 31, 2006 • Science Update
When mostly minority college students being groomed for careers in mental health-related research convene in Washington D.C. early next month, a program to promote diversity in the scientific workforce will mark a quarter century of progress.
More Direct Way to Map Brain Activity Deemed Feasible
October 30, 2006 • Science Update
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to directly detect the electrical activity emitted by neurons, NIMH scientists and colleagues have demonstrated.
New Research Helps to Improve Understanding of Bipolar Disorder in Youth
October 24, 2006 • Science Update
Bipolar disorder may be hard to identify in children and adolescents for several reasons, including a lack of age-appropriate diagnostic guidelines and symptoms different than those commonly seen in adults with the disorder.
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