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Exercise and meditation -- together -- help beat depression

Meditation and aerobic exercise done together helps reduce depression, according to a new Rutgers study. The study, published in Translational Psychiatry this month, found that this mind and body combination - done twice a week for only two months - reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 percent. read more

Almost nobody is paying attention to this massive change in criminal justice

Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health Policy Director at Stanford University.   After decades of growth, the U.S. imprisonment rate has been declining for the past six years. Hidden within this welcome overall trend is a sizable and surprising racial disparity: African-Americans are benefitting from the national de-incarceration trend but whites […]

How ‘mandatory abstinence’ can cut crime and save lives

Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry and director of mental health policy at Stanford University. Few people who advocate for public health-oriented policies toward addiction look to the criminal justice system for inspiration. But a new study published Tuesday in the medical journal Lancet Psychiatry may change that. RAND Corp. researchers showed that the […]

Today's Pot Is Much Stronger Than 1995's

Smoking marijuana just isn't the same today as it was 20 years ago—and not only because it's now legal in some states. A study in Biological Psychiatry finds marijuana potency is on the rise. Researchers analyzed some 38,600 samples of illegal marijuana—including plant material, hashish, and hash...

Depression in Children

David Brent, M.D., is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.

Almost Half of All Military Personnel in Canada Have a History of Child Abuse Exposure, UM Study Finds

According to a study published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, military personnel in Canada are more likely to have had exposure to child abuse than individuals in the general Canadian population.

Parental depression associated with worse school performance by children

Having parents diagnosed with depression during a child's life was associated with worse school performance at age 16 in a new study of children born in Sweden, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. DepressionShow More Summary

Best & Worst in Psychology & Psychiatry – December 2015

For every month of the year, we scour through 1000s of published studies and list some of the hottest positive findings and negative findings in psychology and psychiatry research. This month, no main theme emerged, however the good and the bad relating to four main subjects were repeated throughout the top 10 – empathy and […]

'Schizophrenia' does not exist, argues expert

The term "schizophrenia," with its connotation of hopeless chronic brain disease, should be dropped and replaced with something like "psychosis spectrum syndrome," argues a professor of psychiatry in The BMJ today. Professor Jim vanShow More Summary

Inflammation attacks brain's reward center

Philadelphia, PA, February 2, 2016 - A new study by Neil Harrison and colleagues published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that a brain reward center, the striatum, may be directly affected by inflammation and that striatal change is related to the emergence of illness behaviors. Inflammation increases the risk for depression. Show More Summary

Jack Kevorkian's Euthanasia Clinics Proposed for Canada

In 1992, Jack Kevorkian seriously proposed in the American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry that a pilot program of death clinics be established in Michigan. The clinics, which he called “obitoria,” would be staffed by physician-killers...Show More Summary

Day 13: Lucy Johnstone on Psychological Formulation

The future of mental health interview series continues with Lucy Johnstone on critical psychiatry and psychological formulation.

Fight Your Fears: Facing Down Anxieties Can Expand Your World

Suma Chand, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Saint Louis University, uses exposure therapy to help patients with phobias that have begun to overtake their lives.

When It Comes to Mood Disorders, Girls May Be Like Mom

A woman with depression might have her mother's brain circuitry at least partly to blame, suggests a new study out of the University of California San Francisco. In the small but potentially groundbreaking study led by psychiatry professor Fumiko Hoeft, researchers discovered that the structure of the part of the...

Victimized adolescents more at risk of thinking about suicide or attempting suicide at 15

Washington D.C., January 28, 2016 - A study to be published in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that adolescents chronically victimized during at least...Show More Summary

Manifestation of genetic risk for schizophrenia during adolescence in population

A new study published online by JAMA Psychiatry examined psychopathological features associated with the early expression of genetic risk for schizophrenia during adolescence in the general population. The work by Hannah J. Jones, Ph.D.,...Show More Summary

Top 10 Psychology & Psychiatry Stories of 2015

What do insects, cats, psychedelic drugs and the dating world have in common? They are all topics among the most popular psychology articles published here on BrainBlogger in 2015! You, our brain-bonkers readers, clearly know what’sShow More Summary

Discharged from perinatal psychiatry

So much I want to write about! I’m still gathering my thoughts on Bowie but I posted this on Facebook on the day he died (he died?) and it sped around Twitter. It was quite reassuring to know lots of people felt the same way. For now, here’s a quick update from MentalLand. I was […]

Genetics and environment impact familial depression

Building on a 30-year, three-generation study of depressed individuals, their children and offspring, a study published in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging provides a better understanding of the familial risk for depression and the role neuroplasticity might have in increasing the risk of developing depression. read more

Two medical colleagues duel over Sumner Redstone's mental fitness

By Lisa Richwine and Dan Levine (Reuters) - Doctors Stephen Read and James Spar are collaborators on a chapter of a forthcoming psychiatry textbook, colleagues at UCLA’s medical school and go-to court experts on the evaluation of mental fitness in the elderly. Show More Summary

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