Category: Mental Health

Cannabis Use During Youth Affects Brain Regions Associated With Schizophrenia

New research from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) published in Nature’s Neuropsychopharmacology has shown physical changes to exist in specific brain areas implicated in schizophrenia following the use of cannabis during adolescence. The research has shown how cannabis use during adolescence can interact with a gene, called the COMT gene, to cause physical changes in the brain.

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Schizophrenia Linked To Childhood Trauma

Children who experience sever trauma are three times more likely than the counterparts to develop schizophrenia in adulthood, a new study from the University of Liverpool has discovered. It has long been considered that genetics and environmental factors play a part in the development of psychosis, but this is the first study of its kind to discover a link to early life trauma. Additionally, researchers discovered different types of trauma lead to different expression of symptoms. Those children who were sexually abused where more likely to report hallucinations later in life, while those raised in a children’s home more often exhibited paranoia.

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Suicidal Thoughts Linked To Experiences Of War Time Killing For Vietnam-era Veterans

New research published this month in Depression and Anxiety considers the link between killing in war time and later suicidal thoughts in Vietnam-era veterans. The study discovered veterans were twice as likely to have reported suicidal thoughts if they had faced more direct experience involving killing, that those veterans who had few to no experiences of killing. For the purpose of this study, researchers defined four variables to evaluate the ‘experience of killing’; these include killing enemy soldiers, prisoners general civilians and killing or injuring women, children or the elderly.

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Counselor burnout: A Recognizable and Preventable Condition Implications for mental health professionals -Tyler J. Andreula, M.A.

As helping professionals, we are trusted with some of our clients’ deepest, darkest secrets. Each day, we are subjected to the heart-wrenching stories and the immensely difficult life situations of the individuals who come to us seeking change and relief. It is impossible for any helping professional to know what our clients will bring through our door.

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Risk Factors For Paternal Depression Identified

New research released in this months Maternal and Child Health Journal helps to identify certain factors associated with paternal depression. Risk factors for depression in fathers include poverty, living with a depressive partner, having special needs children and unemployment. It has previously been identified that children with depressive parents have increased rates of expressing mental illness during their life times. 15% of children with fathers who display depressive symptoms had evidence of behavioral or emotional problems.

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