Astrocyte Abnormality Associated With Some Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms
A preclinical study has shown that abnormalities in astrocytes (brain cells) may have a key role to play in developing some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders. In mice, astrocyte abnormality led to the symptoms of repetitive behaviors and memory deficits.
Depression Treatment Response Affected In Patients with Poor Socioeconomic Status
A new study has shown that patients seeking depression therapy who have lower income and education and those who belong to the minority population tend to have the worst treatment outcomes. That’s because of a lack of access to quality health care.
Researchers Use Machine-Learning Model to Identify People with PTSD
Using a machine-learning model, researchers at the University of Alberta have identified people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with 80% accuracy by analyzing text data. They said the model could be used as an accessible and inexpensive screening tool for diagnosing PTSD or other mental health disorders.
Mental Speed Remains Largely Stable Over Decades, Finds Study
New research has shown that the mental or cognitive information processing speed remain largely stable for decades. The mental speed does not substantially decline between the age of 20 and 60. However, the research has found that the mental speed does decline after the age of 60.
People with Mild Concussion Likely To Have Cognitive Impairment, Suggests Study
A new study has suggested that people with concussions are more likely to have a cognitive impairment, cognitive decline, or both after one year of traumatic brain injury. The study also suggested that those people have other psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, and lower satisfaction with life.
School Closures Due To Pandemic Affecting Children’s Physical and Mental Health
A new study published last week in JAMA Pediatrics has found that school closures forced by the COVID pandemic have affected children’s physical and mental health. Researchers looked at studies from 11 countries and found that physical activity declined, and the rates of childhood obesity and depression increased.
Is Psychedelic Therapy The Next Big Thing In Mental Health Treatment?
Experts say that psychedelic therapy is the next big thing in mental health treatment this year and ahead. Psychedelic therapy is a technique that involves the use of psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin or MDMA (ecstasy) to aid the therapeutic process, treating mental health disorders.