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2010-02-23 07:30:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), working in collaboration with the Ad Council and the Stay Strong Foundation, announced today the launch of a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to raise awareness of mental health problems among young adults in the African American community. The new PSAs were unveiled at a Black History Month event at Howard University this morning to coincide with the first...

2010-02-22 14:11:17

Findings reported in "Behavioral Neuroscience" suggest that the perils of adolescence-from risky behavior to psychological disorders-could result from increased neural sensitivity to teens' feelings and surroundings While the otherworldly behavior of teenagers is well documented, University of Pittsburgh researchers have taken a significant step toward finally unraveling the actual brain activity that can drive adolescents to engage in impulsive, self-indulgent, or self-destructive behavior....

2010-01-15 12:20:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) is offering small emergency grants and free Mental Health First Aid training to support mental health efforts in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake. "Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and with their loved ones in the U.S. We commend the efforts of many agencies and individuals that are providing disaster relief. Our pockets are not deep but we are...

2010-01-14 08:00:00

HAMILTON, N.J., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MedAvante, Inc., the leader in centralized evaluation of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, announced today that it has been contracted to provide psychiatric rating services for a five-year, $25 million study of schizophrenia sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The multi-center study is part of the NIMH-funded Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project, and is being led by a group of researchers at...

2010-01-05 07:00:00

More receive psychotherapy than medication: Study provides new detail on disparities DETROIT, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only about half of Americans diagnosed with major depression in a given year receive treatment for it and even fewer - about one-fifth - receive treatment consistent with current practice guidelines, according to data from national surveys supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health. Among the groups surveyed,...

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2009-12-14 09:25:00

Only about half of American children and teenagers who have certain mental disorders receive professional services, according to a nationally representative survey funded in part by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The survey also provides a comprehensive look at the prevalence of common mental disorders. The results are part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a collaboration between NIMH and the National Center for Health Statistics of the...

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2009-12-10 08:10:00

Recalling emotional memory opens window of opportunity to rewrite it Scientists have for the first time selectively blocked a conditioned fear memory in humans with a behavioral manipulation. Participants remained free of the fear memory for at least a year. The research builds on emerging evidence from animal studies that reactivating an emotional memory opens a 6-hour window of opportunity in which a training procedure can alter it. "Our results suggest a non-pharmacological, naturalistic...

2009-12-09 19:37:59

Children with poor reading skills who underwent an intensive, six-month training program to improve their reading ability showed increased connectivity in a particular brain region, in addition to making significant gains in reading, according to a study funded in part by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The study was published in the Dec. 10, 2009, issue of Neuron. "We have known that behavioral training can enhance brain function." said NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D....

2009-11-22 08:12:10

Treatment that includes medication plus a structured training program for parents reduces serious behavioral problems in children with autism and related conditions, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The study, which was part of the NIMH Research Units on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP) Autism Network, was published in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Results from a previous RUPP...

2009-10-12 08:00:00

OAKLAND, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kaiser Permanente Research Program on Genes, Environment, and Health (RPGEH) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have been awarded $24.8 million over two years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a new resource for studying disease, health, and aging. With this support, Kaiser Permanente's RPGEH and UCSF will conduct a genome-wide analysis of DNA samples from 100,000 Kaiser Permanente...