Expectant fathers and mothers still unprepared for parenthood, new report says

Expectant mothers and fathers are being ‘stranded’ by UK government public health plans, leaving them unprepared for parenthood, a new report has warned. The Children’s Alliance review, together with the University of Southampton, found that women and men are unaware of the impact of poor personal health on the early development of their babies – … Read more

Safe high-dose olanzapine for treatment-resistant schizophrenia

New research by Louisa Gannon and colleagues has offered preliminary support for the application of high-dose olanzapine in treatment-resistant schizophrenia (TRS), although the evidence base is limited. The results of this study were published in Therapeutic advances in psychopharmacology. About 30% of people with schizophrenia have treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Clozapine is the gold standard treatment for … Read more

69% of parents think social media image-editing apps and filters negatively impact their kids’ body image: survey

As kids are more connected to social media than ever, a wave of new image-editing apps and filters as well as appearance-related trends are worrying parents about the damage to body image. According to a new national survey conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of the On Our Sleeves For Children’s Mental Health … Read more

New intervention program may help reduce opioid use for chronic pain

Researchers from the University of Warwick and James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough have conducted a clinical trial, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), of a new treatment that may help people no longer need to use opioid pain relievers to manage chronic pain. There are over a million people … Read more

New research highlights the incredible resilience of adult survivors of childhood physical abuse

New research published online in Child and Youth Services Review found that approximately two-thirds (63%) of adult survivors of childhood physical abuse are mentally healthy, also known as psychologically thriving. This is a very encouraging finding for survivors of childhood physical abuse. Our results indicate that many people with a history of physical abuse achieve … Read more

Detecting mental disorders with data from wearables

Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health disorders in the United States, yet more than half of people with these conditions go undiagnosed and untreated. Hoping to find simple ways to detect these disorders, mental health professionals are considering the role of popular wearable fitness trackers in providing data that can alert … Read more

Study highlights importance of family interventions for children exposed to institutional care

New research, published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, provides the strongest and most comprehensive evidence to date that children exposed to early psychosocial deprivation benefit significantly from family care. Lead author Kathryn L. Humphreys, Ph.D., discussed this work today during a special briefing at the 2023 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric … Read more

Mental health programs need to be bolstered to tackle growing stress among first responders

Mastering traumatic situations is synonymous with the daily tasks of first responders, but many mental health programs to combat the increasing stress they encounter are lacking. That’s why West Virginia University researchers are identifying steps policymakers and community members can take to help frontline workers. “With a high risk of suicide and other mental health … Read more

Young people have less sex than their parents at their age. Researchers are exploring why.

Young adults don’t behave like their parents: they don’t drink as much, they face more mental health issues and they live longer with their parents. On top of that, computer games and social media have become a sort of substitute for physical relationships. All of this means young Californians aren’t having sex as much. The … Read more

Algorithm can help doctors determine which children are most likely to get seriously injured

Researchers in recent research found four different types of mental comorbidities that can help doctors identify young people who are more likely to self-harm. The journal Paediatrics published the results May 1, 2023 in an online publication. Lead author James Antoon, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics and hospital medicine at Monroe Carell Jr. … Read more