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September 15, 2014 - 9:15am

Exposure to sunshine over a short period may increase the risk of suicide but may also lower the risk over several months, suggests a new study from Austria.

September 15, 2014 - 8:38am

A federal appeals court upheld New Jersey's ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian children.

September 12, 2014 - 9:08am

Teenagers who use cannabis daily run a higher risk of becoming drug dependent, committing suicide, or trying other drugs and are less likely to succeed at their studies.

September 12, 2014 - 8:35am

MRI imaging and associated techniques indicate that unipolar depression and bipolar depression show different manifestations in neural regions supporting emotion processing.

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Wed
03
Sep

Recently, two landmark studies have shown conclusively that genes play a definite role in the risk for major mental illness. I suggest that these studies are game changers for psychiatry not because they demonstrate the primacy of genes, but because the genes that most powerfully increase the risk for schizophrenia and autism point straight back to the environment.

Thu
28
Aug
Marc Agronin, MD

Trauma Revisited in Late Life

Although we often assume that the impact of trauma manifests right away, sometimes it can manifest decades later. This phenomenon was commonly seen in many World War II veterans who first began to experience PTSD symptoms around the time of fiftieth anniversary commemorations of the war in the mid-1990s.

Thu
21
Aug

I have a common kind of patient in my practice—he is somewhere in his late teens or early twenties, usually living at home, maybe taking a class or two at the community college, more often working but certainly not able to support himself without the help of his parents. His hobbies are often solitary, like video games. And he’s using a lot of cannabis.

Mon
18
Aug

To have experienced delusions, psychosis, and suicidal ideation is to be Undermined by one’s self.

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Three Tips for Preventing Abuse of ADHD Medications

Timothy Wilens MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, explains his three tips for practitioners who regularly prescribe stimulants to older adolescents, college age students, and individuals with histories of substance abuse. To view a transcript of the video, click here.

Exclusives

New Clues to the Neurobiology of Depression

To fully understand the neurobiology of major depression, mental health professionals must adopt a perspective that considers interactions between the brain, the outside world, and the body, including the immune system.

Mon
15
Sep

Sunshine Tied to Suicide Risk: Study

Exposure to sunshine over a short period may increase the risk of suicide but may also lower the risk over several months, suggests a new study from Austria.

Mon
15
Sep

New Jersey Ban on 'Gay Conversion Therapy' is Upheld

A federal appeals court upheld New Jersey's ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian children.

Fri
12
Sep

Daily Cannabis Smokers Risk Health, Wellbeing and Achievement

Teenagers who use cannabis daily run a higher risk of becoming drug dependent, committing suicide, or trying other drugs and are less likely to succeed at their studies.

Fri
12
Sep

Unipolar and Bipolar Depression Manifest Different Brain Abnormalities

MRI imaging and associated techniques indicate that unipolar depression and bipolar depression show different manifestations in neural regions supporting emotion processing.