Long-Term Treatment Helps Alleviate Teen Depression

Posted on June 10, 2014 in Teen Depression

Long-Term Treatment Helps Alleviate Teen Depression

Recovery time for mental illness depends on social factors, genetics, concurrent disorders and the type of treatment a patient is undergoing. The Treatment of Adolescents with Depression Study, which was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, stresses that adolescents with major depression should have long-term treatment in order to fully recover.

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Posted on March 7, 2014 in Mental Health

Can Smoking Lead to Psychological Distress?

Psychological distress is a term mental health professionals use to describe the negative mental/emotional effects of day-to-day encounters with stressful events or situations. People affected by serious forms of this distress have heightened risks for eventually developing some form of diagnosable mental illness. According to the results of a study published in late 2013 in the journal Tobacco Control, people who smoke cigarettes have an increased likelihood of experiencing psychological distress. Conversely, habitual smokers who break their reliance on nicotine decrease their chances of experiencing worsening forms of psychological distress.

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mood disorders teens

Posted on January 29, 2014 in Teen Mental Health

Mood Disorders Increasingly Common in Adolescence

Everybody knows teens can be moody. But mood disorders are more than the emotional ups and downs common to all adolescents.

The most common mood disorders fall into two categories: bipolar disorders and major depression. Less than a generation ago, physicians believed that mood disorders only affected adults. Doctors now believe they nearly always begin during a person’s teen years, making it hard to do the things they need to do on a daily basis.

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Mental Illnesses Genetically Linked

Posted on December 12, 2013 in Mental Health

Five Mental Illnesses Genetically Linked

Determining the genes that contribute to illnesses is an important step in understanding how disease begins, the causes, how to treat them and how to prevent them. That is no different, whether the disease under investigation is a physical or a mental illness.

Mental health disorders are not always straightforward; they are caused by a range of factors and each individual case is different. There are certainly genetic components, but environmental circumstances also play a role in figuring out how these diseases develop. To get a full picture, researchers need to know the genes behind mental illness.

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