Dissociative Disorders Are Nearly As Common As Depression

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Dissociative disorders are often said to be rare. But our soon-to-be published analysis of international studies suggest they affect 10-11% of the population at some point in their lives. This makes them nearly as common as mood disorders (such as clinical depression). So what are dissociative disorders, why is diagnosis controversial and how can people …

Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Be One Reason Depression Treatment Doesn’t Work

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When someone is depressed and having suicidal thoughts or their depression treatment just isn't working, their caregivers might want to check to see if they have obstructive sleep apnea, investigators say. That's true even when these individuals don't seem to fit the usual profile of obstructive sleep apnea, which includes males who are overweight, snore …

Children With Autism More Likely To Be Bullied At Home And School

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Children with autism are more likely to be bullied by both their siblings and their peers, meaning that when they return from school, they have no respite from victimisation, a new study has found. The researchers also found that children with autism spectrum disorders are more likely to be both the victims and perpetrators of …

Metabolic Features Specific To The Autistic Brain Identified

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An excess of metabolite intensity differences unique to the brains of individuals with autism spectrum disorder has been found by scientists from the Skoltech Center for Neurobiology and Brain Restoration (CNBR), the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS, New York, USA), the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam, and the Cologne Institute (Germany). The …

Genome-Wide Association Study Shows Metabolic Origins Of Anorexia

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Anorexia nervosa is at least partly a metabolic disorder, and not purely psychiatric as previously thought, indicates a global study, led by researchers at King's College London and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The large-scale genome-wide association study, undertaken by over 100 academics worldwide, identified eight genetic variants linked to anorexia nervosa. The …

Social Media Use Linked To Increases In Adolescent Depressive Symptoms

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Social media use and television viewing are linked to increases in adolescent depressive symptoms, a new study by a team of CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal scientists indicates. The research revealed that a higher than average frequency of social media and television viewing over four years predicts more severe symptoms of depression over that …

Psychosis Symptoms Relieved By Treatment Targeted At Genetic Mutation

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An individual structural mutation has been linked to the underlying biology of psychosis and treatment response in a new study. The work also found that treatment of psychosis can be targeted to a specific genetic mutation in patients with psychotic disorders. Genetic mutations that have large effects on psychiatric disease risk are rare, with some …