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Shake It Off? Not So Easy for People with Depression, New Brain Research Suggests

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Rejected by a person you like? Just “shake it off” and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds.

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Strong Connection Between Violence and Mental Illness in Guatemala During Civil War Lessens in Postwar Period

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Violence during the civil war in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996 resulted in the development of significant mental health problems and conditions for the county’s people, according to a new multi-institution study from researchers under the Guatemala-Penn Partnership.

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Twin Study Lends New Insights into Link between Back Pain and Depression

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Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins in the March issue of PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Facebook and University of Washington Partner on Suicide Prevention Effort

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New initiative provides tools and resources to help suicidal people and concerned observers

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Study Linking Suicidal Behavior, Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts

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A study published in JAMA Psychiatry examines suicidal ideation and psychotic experiences among more than 11,000 adults who were 18 and older. The data were drawn from a large general-population based sample of U. S. households households identified through the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys (2001-2003).

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin D May Control Brain Serotonin, Affecting Behavior and Psychiatric Disorders

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Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been unclear. In a new paper published in FASEB Journal* by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), serotonin is explained as the possible missing link tying together why vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acids might ameliorate the symptoms associated with a broad array of brain disorders.

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Iowa State Professor Working to Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans

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An Iowa State professor has new perspective as to the challenges veterans face when seeking mental health care. It’s an issue Alicia Carriquiry was aware, but she never fully understood the need until listening to veterans testify about their situation.

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Veterans Suicide Prevention Takes Critical Step Forward

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What the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act really means for veterans seeking mental health care

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Hollie Sobel, PhD, Available to Provide Tips on How Families Can Cope with a Seemingly Endless Winter Season

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Understanding Anorexia

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Stacey C. Cahn, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, discusses triggers, treatments and the prevalence of anorexia, the deadliest eating disorder.