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Study reveals that parental panic disorder affects children

Study reveals that parental panic disorder affects children

Children of parents with anxiety disorders are more likely to develop anxiety disorders than children of normal controls . This familial aggregation is due to genetic and environmental influences, whereas it can be assumed that shared environmental influences have the greatest effects during childhood, decreasing with age. [More]

Study examines effectiveness of VRET on agoraphobia, panic disorder

A number of studies have demonstrated the efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy in specific phobias, but research in 
seriously impaired patients with agoraphobia is lacking. [More]

Exposure to bullying during childhood increases risk of psychiatric disorders in adulthood

A new study shows that children who are exposed to bullying during childhood are at increased risk of psychiatric disorders in adulthood, regardless of whether they are victims or perpetrators. [More]
Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome anxiety linked to poorer adaptive behaviors

Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome anxiety linked to poorer adaptive behaviors

UC Davis researchers have found that for children with the genetic disorder known as chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome anxiety -- but not intelligence -- is linked to poorer adaptive behaviors, such as self-care and communication skills, that affect daily life. The developmental syndrome, which is associated with a constellation of physical, cognitive and psychiatric problems, usually is apparent at birth or early childhood, and leads to lifelong challenges. [More]
Attachment and relationship problems in adolescents with anxiety

Attachment and relationship problems in adolescents with anxiety

Adolescents with anxiety disorders have greater attachment disorganization and higher levels of dysfunction in peer relationships compared with individuals without an Axis I diagnosis, US study findings indicate. [More]
Addiction and mental health burden higher than all cancers in Ontario

Addiction and mental health burden higher than all cancers in Ontario

Mental illnesses and addictions take more of a toll on the health of Ontarians than cancer or infectious diseases, according to a new report by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario - yet this burden could be reduced with treatment, say scientists from Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. [More]

Social phobia prevalent in OCD patients

Social phobia is common among patients with obsessive compulsive disorder and frequently co-occurs with other related disorders, researchers report. [More]

Exposure-based CBT for primary PD/AG effectively reduces anxiety and depressive symptoms

A new study that is published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics examines the role of a specific form of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), when depression aggravates panic. [More]
Survivors of severe critical illness requiring intensive care do not regain physical or psychological health

Survivors of severe critical illness requiring intensive care do not regain physical or psychological health

A unique and richly detailed long-term study of survivors of severe critical illness requiring intensive care found that even those who were previously healthy, young and working did not regain the physical or psychological health they had before their illness. [More]

New study: Latino siblings of children with disability may face risk of negative outcomes

Latino siblings of children developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism may face their own challenges, including anxiety and lower school performance, according to a new study led by researchers with the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center. [More]

'CART' treatment better than traditional cognitive therapy at altering hyperventilation and panic symptoms

A new treatment program teaches people who suffer from panic disorder how to reduce the terrorizing symptoms by normalizing their breathing. [More]

USFDA approves Sun Pharma's generic Xanax ANDA

Sun Pharma announced that USFDA has granted an approval for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to market a generic version of Xanax®, alprazolam tablets. [More]

Mood and anxiety disorders associated with poor health outcomes

Rates of mood and anxiety disorders appear to decline with age but the conditions remain common in older adults, especially women, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. [More]

Anxiety in German psychosomatic units: Long term extensive experience of treatment

A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reports on a long term extensive experience of treatment of psychosomatic symptoms related to anxiety in German psychosomatic units. [More]
Organization of the brain's dictionary

Organization of the brain's dictionary

Two hundred years ago, archaeologists used the Rosetta Stone to understand the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Now, a team of Carnegie Mellon University scientists has discovered the beginnings of a neural Rosetta Stone. By combining brain imaging and machine learning techniques, neuroscientists Marcel Just and Vladimir Cherkassky and computer scientists Tom Mitchell and Sandesh Aryal determined how the brain arranges noun representations. Understanding how the brain codes nouns is important for treating psychiatric and neurological illnesses. [More]

Migraines linked to mental disorders

Migraine headaches can precede the onset of mental disorders, according to a growing body of knowledge that includes a new study in the January-February 2009 issue of General Hospital Psychiatry. [More]
New drug shows promise for phenylketonuria

New drug shows promise for phenylketonuria

PKU is described by scientists as an autosomal recessive genetic disease that is characterized by a deficiency in an enzyme called phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH). [More]
Coagulation in patients with anxiety disorders

Coagulation in patients with anxiety disorders

"The blood froze in my veins" or "My blood curdled" - these common figures of speech can be taken literally, according to the latest studies. [More]
Link between asthma and depressive disorders found

Link between asthma and depressive disorders found

Young people with asthma are about twice as likely to suffer from depressive and anxiety disorders than are children without asthma, according to a study by a research team in Seattle. [More]
One sniff may clear away that awful phobia!

One sniff may clear away that awful phobia!

Scientists from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, have found that a simple nasal spray may help people deal with irrational fears. [More]