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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Research Finds a Little Bit of Empathy Makes a Big Difference

Helen Riess, MD, Mass General researcher and practicing psychiatrist, conducted research and developed a training to teach clinicians empathy skills to use in their practice.

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New Research Finds ADHD Diagnoses are More Common Among Younger Children in the Classroom

A recent study by investigators from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that children with August birthdays in school systems that have a September 1st grade cutoff are up to 30% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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Research Shows Ketamine Could Be an Answer for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Generally speaking, most people today either know someone dealing with depression, or have struggled with depression themselves.  While many individuals can be successfully treated by a combination of medication or talk therapy, there are some who continue to experience symptoms after trying several treatments. Recent research has highlighted ketamine as a potential treatment for treatment-resistant […]

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Could Folic Acid Help Reduce the Rates of Autism and Schizophrenia?

Folate levels have, once again, become an area of interest for a Massachusetts General Hospital -based research team after finding that increased in utero folic acid exposure is associated with changes in brain development later in life that could reduce the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia.

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Marques Brings the Ivory Tower to the Streets with Mass General Psychiatry Program

If you break your arm, you go to a doctor to seek treatment. But if you’re experiencing symptoms of mental illness, the next step isn’t always as clear, especially for minority populations. With language barriers, insurance concerns and cultural stigma against discussing mental illness, it’s not surprising that among Latinos with a mental disorder, fewer […]

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Brain Stimulation During Sleep Could Help Schizophrenia Patients with Debilitating Memory Deficits

A Mass General research team is investigating if boosting a specific brain activity during sleep can help treat learning and memory deficits in schizophrenia patients.

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Studying the Connection Between Sleep and Anxiety

Anxious people often don’t sleep well and poor sleep is a symptom of many psychiatric disorders, including anxiety.

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Weekend Links – Our Favorite Science Stories from the Web This Week

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and science stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: The Neuroscience of Pain – Research is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety. Toll of Twitter Trolls: Study Delves into Social Media’s Link to Depression – If you’ve spent even a flick of time on Facebook, you’re […]

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Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Why Did It Take So Long to Figure Out Migraines? – Under-researched and highly dismissed, migraines have made sufferers a resourceful bunch. Though a new promising drug might finally offer them relief. Forecasts of genetic fate just got […]

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Large-Scale Study Provides New Insights Into the Genetic Contributors to Schizophrenia

Tarjinder Singh, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Mark Daly, PhD, in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. His poster, The meta-analysis of rare coding variants in the whole-exome sequences of 25,000 cases and 50,000 controls implicates individual risk genes for schizophrenia, was among the winners at this […]

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