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Higher genetic risk for Depression, Social support especially important

Mental Health | Individuals with a high genomic risk for depression, especially during stressful life periods, significantly benefit from supportive social connections...

...according to study findings published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

A University of Michigan Medical School research team examined the importance of social support during stressful times through 2 groups of people: first-year medical residents in the Intern Health Study (IHS), and older adults who had been recently widowed and part of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

“Our data show wide variability in the level of social support individuals received during these stressful times, and how it changed over time,” said first author Jennifer L. Cleary, MS, a University of Michigan psychology doctoral student studying under senior author Srijan Sen, MD, PhD, University of Michigan Medical School.

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Mental Health Studies | Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents

Mental Health | Anxiety, Depression, Neural Interruption More Likely in Adolescents Subjected to Corporal Punishment

While corporal punishment's negative health effects on child and adolescent health and behavior has been established for decades, a new study published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging demonstrates that physical punishment disrupts brain activity and neurodevelopment.
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Metabolism differs in patients with certain Psychiatric Disorders

Mental Health | People with major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia appear to metabolize tryptophan in the brain differently than people without mental health disorders.....

...according to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry.

“Tryptophan can be metabolized to either a route where serotonin is produced, or to the kynurenine pathway,” said co-senior study author Brisa Fernandes, MD, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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