Latest National Institute of Mental Health Stories

2009-07-27 11:46:00

RADNOR, Pa., July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council has been selected as the NIMH Outreach Partner for the state of Pennsylvania. Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council joins Outreach Partners in each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. In addition to the 55 state partners, there are over 80 National Partners, including professional, consumer, advocacy, and service-related organizations that represent groups primarily concerned with...

2009-07-17 12:52:58

It has long been suspected that there is a direct link between repeat combat tours for U.S. soldiers and the rise in suicides among them; however researchers and officials claim that it is still not clearly understood. Robert Ursano of the Uniformed Services University in Maryland told reporters," It is not true that repeated deployments are the primary factor involved in the suicide issue." "There's no question that repeated deployments increase stress on individuals, and increase stress on...

2009-07-15 08:20:00

What is going on in teenagers' brains as their drive for peer approval begins to eclipse their family affiliations? Brain scans of teens sizing each other up reveal an emotion circuit activating more in girls as they grow older, but not in boys. The study by Daniel Pine, M.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of National Institutes of Health, and colleagues, shows how emotion circuitry diverges in the male and female brain during a developmental stage in which girls are...

2009-07-08 12:46:24

U.S. researchers say they are mapping the dimensions of human brain structures to improve the diagnosis of mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Northwestern University Professor John Csernansky, who is leading the study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, said the research will involve 100 participants, half with early-stage schizophrenia and half who are healthy. During the two-year study the researchers plan to regularly map participants' brain topography with magnetic...

2009-06-16 16:02:52

Stressful life events are strongly associated with a person's risk for major depression, but a certain gene variation long thought to increase risk in conjunction with stressful life events actually may have no effect, according to researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study, published in the June 17, 2009, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, challenges a widely accepted approach to studying...

2009-05-12 12:08:09

A U.S. study has linked a potassium brain channel gene to schizophrenia, suggesting a molecular treatment target for the mental illness. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health, led by Dr. Daniel Weinberger, found the expression of a previously unknown form of a potassium channel gene was 2.5 times higher than normal in the brains of people with schizophrenia. The NIMH scientists and colleagues at the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development said they found...

2009-05-11 02:00:00

New HHS Report Released During National Women's Health Week Points to Importance of Resiliency WASHINGTON, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report released today on gender-based differences in mental health shows women are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from major depression. The report addresses many other mental health issues facing women, including the effect trauma and violence can have on long term mental health, and outlines action steps for policy makers, healthcare...

2009-05-07 07:00:00

New data reveal lower dropout rates and improved social and emotional well-being for youth in system of care programs WASHINGTON, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Systems of care--coordinated networks of community-based mental health services and supports for children and youth with serious mental health challenges--are able to dramatically improve the academic, behavioral and emotional performance of participating youth according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...

2009-05-06 09:05:29

Blocking errant protein could stem runaway brain activity in psychosis A study on schizophrenia has implicated machinery that maintains the flow of potassium in cells and revealed a potential molecular target for new treatments. Expression of a previously unknown form of a key such potassium channel was found to be 2.5 fold higher than normal in the brain memory hub of people with the chronic mental illness and linked to a hotspot of genetic variation. An extensive series of experiments...

2009-05-01 11:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New advances in research on brain disorders offer the promise of more personalized treatment for individuals suffering from mental illnesses, according to scientists addressing the first Domenici Neuroscience Symposium in Washington today. The symposium featured scientists from such leading neurodiagnostic facilities as the Mind Research Network (MRN), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'