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Impaired Brain Activity Underlies Impulsive Behaviors in Women with Bulimia
January 12, 2009 • Science Update
Women with bulimia nervosa (BN), when compared with healthy women, showed different patterns of brain activity while doing a task that required self-regulation. This abnormality may underlie binge eating and other impulsive behaviors that occur with the eating disorder.
Mechanism for Postpartum Depression Found in Mice
July 30, 2008 • Press Release
Researchers have pinpointed a mechanism in the brains of mice that could explain why some human mothers become depressed following childbirth. The discovery could lead to improved treatment for postpartum depression. Supported in part by the National Institute of Mental Health, of the National Institutes of Health, the study used genetically engineered mice lacking a protein critical for adapting to the sex hormone fluctuations of pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Depression Linked to Bone-Thinning in Premenopausal Women
November 26, 2007 • Press Release
Premenopausal women with even mild depression have less bone mass than do their nondepressed peers, a study funded in part by NIMH.
Depression Risk Higher in Girls with Low Birth Weight
March 9, 2007 • Science Update
irls’ risk for developing depression after puberty increased significantly if they had low birth weight, in a study funded in part by NIMH.
Brain’s Reward Circuit Activity Ebbs and Flows with a Woman’s Hormonal Cycle
February 2, 2007 • Press Release
Fluctuations in sex hormone levels during women’s menstrual cycles affect the responsiveness of their brains’ reward circuitry, an imaging study at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has revealed.
College Women at Risk for Eating Disorder May Benefit From Online Intervention
August 7, 2006 • Press Release
A long-term, large-scale study has found that an Internet-based intervention program may prevent some high risk, college-age women from developing an eating disorder.
Stopping Antidepressant Use While Pregnant May Pose Risks
February 1, 2006 • Science Update
Pregnant women who discontinue antidepressant medications may significantly increase their risk of relapse during pregnancy, a new NIMH-funded study has found.
Medication and Psychotherapy Treat Depression in Low-Income Minority Women
July 1, 2003 • Press Release
Treatment with medication or psychotherapy reduced depressive symptoms in women from minority populations, according to research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).