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Category: Mental Health

Image reflects brain activation abnormalities in children and adolescents with a family history of schizophrenia

March 22, 2013

Alterations in brain activity in children at risk of schizophrenia ...

Brain scans of children who have parents or siblings with the illness reveal a neural circuitry that is hyperactivated or stressed by tasks that peers with no family history of the illness seem to handle with ease.

Mental Health, Neurology, Psychiatry, Research

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Microscopy image showing inhibitory fibers from the BNST that innervate the VTA.  Stimulation of these fibers (green) produce rewarding and anti-anxiety phenotypes in mice.

March 20, 2013

UNC study shows how two brain areas interact to trigger divergent e...

The findings could lead to new mental health therapies for disorders such as addiction, anxiety, and depression.

Mental Health, Psychiatry, Research

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Thomas Kash

September 4, 2012

Heavy drinking rewires brain, increasing susceptibility to anxiety ...

After chronic alcohol exposure, mice are unable to control a learned fear response, shedding light on the link between alcoholism and anxiety problems like post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mental Health, Research, Substance Abuse

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Patrick F. Sullivan

July 2, 2012

Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common underly...

New research led by Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP, a psychiatric geneticist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, points to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders among individuals whose parents or siblings have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Genetics, Innovation, Mental Health, Research

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The study

June 21, 2012

Eating disorder behaviors and weight concerns are common in women o...

A new study finds that 62 percent of women aged 50 and older say that their weight or shape negatively impacts on their life.

Mental Health, Nutrition

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UNC Chapel

September 14, 2011

UNC opens first inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit in U.S.

The UNC Department of Psychiatry and the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders have opened a 5-bed unit for women with moderate to severe post-partum depression (PPD). The unit is the first of its kind in the United States.

Innovation, Mental Health, Psychiatry

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Many children

August 10, 2011

Coping with back-to-school anxiety

Many children feel nervous about going to school for the first time or returning to school after a summer off. Here are tips for kids – and parents – on managing the back-to-school jitters.

Mental Health

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Alison Stuebe

July 19, 2011

Mothers with breastfeeding difficulties more likely to suffer postp...

A UNC study finds that women who have breastfeeding difficulties in the first two weeks after giving birth are more likely to suffer postpartum depression two months later compared to women without such difficulties.

Mental Health, Pain, Pregnancy

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