Promising results for patients with schizophrenia

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A team of scientists from across the globe have shown that the brains of patients with schizophrenia have the capacity to reorganize and fight the illness. This is the first time that imaging data has been used to show that our brains may have the ability to reverse the effects of schizophrenia.

Source: ScienceDaily

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April Newsletter

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NEJM Catalyst forum addresses mental, behavioral and social health determinants | Vanderbilt University

Source: NEJM Catalyst forum addresses mental, behavioral and social health determinants | Vanderbilt News | Vanderbilt University

How Does Depression Affect You? Identify signs of depression as told through others.

Huffington Post Article:

30 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because Of Your Depression

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Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research at public forum

Vanderbilt researchers will discuss their groundbreaking studies on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at an upcoming forum, and the public is invited to attend. The event is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the theater at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

The Risks Children Face

 

Children of mentally ill parents are often exposed to the following risk factors:

  • Poverty, inadequate housing, marginal social status, and cultural discrimination
  • Low educational and occupational status of the parents, including possible unemployment
  • Loss of persons to whom the child is emotionally close, particularly a parent
  • A two to five times higher risk of neglect and physical and sexual abuse.

These factors, in addition to genetic influences, increase the psychiatric risks for children of mentally ill parents.  Children facing these challenges may also suffer impaired parent-child interaction because of the parent’s illness. These genetic and psycho-social factors interact with one another. For example, genetic factors moderate environmental effects; that is, the effect of adverse environmental factors depends on the genetic substrate. Read more about a recent study on this topic at the link below.

Source: The Children of Mentally Ill Parents

NIMH » Powered-Up Probe ID’s Schizophrenia Genes That Stunt Brain Development

Scientists have pinpointed several schizophrenia-related gene variants that alter expression of other genes in illness-implicated circuitry of the human brain.

Source: NIMH » Powered-Up Probe ID’s Schizophrenia Genes That Stunt Brain Development

Making Mental Health a Global Priority


 

World leaders and advocates gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 13-15, 2015 to discuss making mental health a global priority.

Source: NIMH » World Leaders and Advocates Unite in Washington, D.C. for One Mission: Make Mental Health a Global Priority

Programs & Services Available in Tennessee

Check out some of  behavioral health programs and services available to children, youth, and their families in Tennessee at: Programs & Services – TN.Gov