UNC Health Care

Category: Mental Health

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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Illustration of an older woman standing on a scale.

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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A sad looking woman.

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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An illustration of a person trapped in a medicine bottle.

April 25, 2011

Narcotic pain relief drug overdose deaths a national epidemic

Approximately 27,500 people died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2007, driven to a large extent by prescription opioid overdoses. This is 4.6 times as many deaths as all U.S. fatalities in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Treatment

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Women in the study will wear estradiol or placebo patches similar to the ones shown here.

January 12, 2011

UNC researchers investigate estrogen replacement therapy to prevent...

The study, which began in August 2010 and will be conducted entirely at UNC, seeks to enroll a total of 320 women ages 45 to 55 who are in the menopause transition. All will be randomized to receive treatment with estradiol (estrogen replacement) skin patches or placebo.

Cardiology, Mental Health, Research

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A plate with a knife and fork on it with a tape measure.

October 29, 2010

Women with anorexia nervosa more likely to have unplanned pregnancies

These results may be driven by a mistaken belief among women with anorexia that they can’t get pregnant because they are not menstruating or are having irregular periods.

Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Studies

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Cynthia Bulik

August 4, 2010

UNC eating-disorders expert: The ‘freshman 15’ is only ...

First-year college students are at risk for gaining weight and developing eating disorders. Two University of North Carolina Health Care experts weigh in on how to develop healthy eating habits on campus.

Mental Health

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