Topic List : Mental Health
Impaired reward circuitry in autism
Deficits in the brain’s reward circuit are linked to social deficits in children with autism and may point the way toward better treatments, according to a new Stanford study.
How border separations can traumatize kids
Unplanned separation from parents is among the most damaging events a young child can experience, according to trauma research. A Stanford expert explains how it can hurt kids’ development.
Bereavement in pregnancy affects child
The scholars said that their study contributes to the research documenting a causal link between fetal stress exposure and mental health later in life.
Ioannidis on antidepressant efficacy
In a highly comprehensive meta-analysis of more than 500 clinical trials, researchers from around the world have drawn conclusions about the efficacy of 21 different antidepressants.
Autism research funds awarded
Three Stanford psychiatry researchers have been awarded $2.5 million to investigate patients with autism who also have enlarged brains, a condition known as megalencephaly.
New guidelines for PANS/PANDAS
Stanford clinicians helped develop the first clinical guidelines for treating pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, a psychiatric problem linked to brain inflammation.
Initiative for brain health launched
Brainstorm’s first event featured a competition between researchers who designed virtual-reality products for diagnosing and treating mental illness.
DACA and children’s mental health
Children with mothers eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program suffer from lower rates of anxiety and adjustment disorders than those with mothers who lack DACA eligibility.
Excitation-inhibition imbalance in autism
Stanford researchers used advanced lab technologies to show, in mice, that symptoms of autism can be countered by reducing the ratio of excitatory to inhibitory neuronal firing in the forebrain.
Brain activity predicts therapy efficacy
Stanford researchers measured brain activity in PTSD patients before and after psychotherapy and found that they could predict how well patients would respond to treatment.