Category: Psychiatric Research

Learn about recent research into depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders from researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Mass General Research Roundup for May 2019

Experiencing adverse events at a young age may increase risk of mental health disorder, evaluating the price of skincare products for women and a new model for cancer treatments.

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Scientists Find Physical Activity Could Prevent Depression

Researchers from the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Mass General recently published a study in JAMA Psychiatry that set out to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between exercise and depression.

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Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl? Study Finds Early Birds Have Lower Rates of Depression

Some people wake up early like clockwork with a chipper attitude and are eager to start the day. Then there those who have a bit of a slower start, but stay up till the wee hours claiming they’re most productive at night. Sound familiar? It turns out those waking habits may be embedded in our genes, […]

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Fitness Trackers Monitor Our Physical Health, But Could They Monitor Our Mental Health Too?

Diagnosis and treatment for mental health disorders can be a time and resource-intensive process for patients and providers alike. Could data from digital fitness trackers help?

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Ketamine Approval Offers New Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression, But Questions Remain

While the FDA’s approval of the first ketamine-based drug for treatment-resistant depression is encouraging, there are still a lot of details to work out, says Cristina Cusin, MD.

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Photo Filters Spark the Need for a Guide to Help Cosmetic Surgeons Recognize Body Dysmorphic Disorder

While flipping through filters can be a fun way to kill time or lighten a mood, researchers are beginning to find the way they artificially alter appearances might have negative consequences.

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Mass General Researchers Create Program to Ease Emotional Stress in Stroke Patients and Caregivers

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital recently conducted a study to identify the factors that contribute to emotional stress after stroke, identify tools and strategies that would provide the most help, and determine an effective timeline and delivery system for an intervention program aimed at preventing chronic depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress in this high risk population.

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Cardiac Psychiatry: Exploring Connections Between the Head and the Heart

Cardiac psychiatry, also called behavioral cardiology, is the study of psychiatry as it relates to patients with heart conditions. It explores the connections between mental health, behavior, and medical health in patients who have suffered from an acute cardiac event, heart disease, or other chronic conditions.

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Mass General Researcher Uses PET Imaging to Shed Light on the Inner Workings of the Brain

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are using advanced brain imaging techniques to learn more about how brain disorders function at a molecular and genetic level.

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How the Cocoanut Grove Fire Survivors Gave a Mass General Psychiatrist Insights into Acute Grief

A recent article in the Harvard Crimson took an in-depth look at how treating the victims of the Cocoanut Grove Fire in Boston contributed to a Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatrist’s research and clinical work into how people experience and process losses due to death or injury.

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