December, 2015

Early-Life Depression May Alter Brain Development, Study Suggests

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December 19, 2015

The brains of children diagnosed with major depressive disorder early in life may develop differently from those of children unaffected by the disorder, suggests a study published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry. Early in childhood, the brain experiences rapid neurogenesis and related increases in gray matter volume, followed by a process of selective elimination and myelination in early puberty, resulting...   read more

Don't Blame Mental Illness for Gun Violence

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December 18, 2015

By the NY Times Editorial Board December 15, 2015 Those who oppose expanded gun-control legislation frequently argue that instead of limiting access to guns, the country should focus on mental health problems. “People with mental illness are getting guns and committing these mass shootings,” said Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, after the shooting...   read more

Watch Desiree Shapiro, MD's interview on KPBS on Children and Anxiety

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December 14, 2015 Stress about grades, worry about fitting in, and nervousness about new situations — feeling a little anxious can be a normal part of childhood. But when anxiety becomes too much, it can have a big impact on a child's day to day life, experts said. The Anxiety and Depressions Association of America says anxiety...   read more