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2011-06-14 23:02:27

Mental health screening has been demonstrated to successfully connect African-American middle school students from a predominantly low-income area with school-based mental health services, according to results of a new study led by the TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University. The study was published in a recent online early edition of the Community Mental Health Journal. Previous research has demonstrated substantial disparities in access to specialized...

2011-06-14 08:00:00

ARLINGTON, Va., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NAMI's Family-to-Family Education program "significantly" improves coping and problem-solving abilities of family members of individuals living with mental illness, according to a landmark study published in the current issue of Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) Family-to-Family is a free 12-week self-help course offered by the...

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2011-04-28 11:20:00

A checklist given to parents to fill out in pediatrician waiting rooms may help early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the five-minute questionnaire identifies children with autism at an early age to allow them to start treatment sooner, which can greatly improve their development and learning. "Beyond this exciting proof of concept, such a screening program would answer...

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2011-03-08 11:00:00

Half a million US teens between the ages of 13 and 18 suffer from some form of eating disorder but few have sought treatment for the problem, government research shows. Binge-eating disorder was the most common, affecting more than 1.5 percent of kids studied. Just under 1 percent had experienced bulimia, and 0.3 percent had anorexia, AP is reporting. The study, released online Monday in Archives of General Psychiatry, claims that overall, 3 percent of US teens had a lifetime prevalence of...

2011-02-24 06:06:00

Strategic Partnership to Educate Families About Link Between Substance Abuse and Mental Illness and Broaden Scope of Shared Resources on Teen Health NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership at Drugfree.org and TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University today announced a new strategic collaboration to educate families about the link between substance abuse and adolescent mental illness and to broaden shared resources on teen...

2011-01-24 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An overwhelming majority of Americans remain unaware of a law mandating equal coverage of mental health benefits by insurance companies, a cause for concern by psychologists at a time when one-quarter of Americans are reported to have a mental health disorder and only a minority are receiving treatment. In a survey recently conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), 87 percent of Americans said they had not heard of the...

2011-01-10 09:00:00

CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 10th Insight Psychological Centers and its affiliate Inspire Health, two premier multi-disciplinary outpatient behavioral health treatment centers in the Chicago area, opened a new program for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. The AP (Adolescent Program) specializes in treating mood & anxiety disorders, eating disorders and weight management difficulties that commonly start earlier in life. "There was a great need for an...

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2010-10-15 06:25:00

One in four US teenagers report having a mood, behavior or anxiety disorder that interferes with their daily life, while 1 in 2 actually meet the criteria for a mental disorder, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that 51 percent of boys and 49 percent of girls ages 13 to 19 have some type of anxiety or substance use disorder. In 22 percent of the teens surveyed, the disorder was so severe it...

2010-10-14 00:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Galenea Corp. has been awarded a highly competitive grant from the National Institute of Mental Health in response to the solicitation "Recovery Act Limited Competition: NIH Director's Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas (RC4)," funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Galenea has developed an innovative technology platform, termed MANTRA(TM) (Multiwell, Automated NeuroTRansmission Assay) that enables...

2010-10-13 14:57:17

Mental disorders in children are often difficult to identify due to the myriad of changes that occur during the normal course of maturation. For the first time, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have reported on the prevalence data on a broad range of mental disorders in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents, which show that approximately one in five children in the U.S. meet the criteria for a mental disorder severe enough to disrupt their daily lives....


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