Teens taking oral contraceptives may be at increased risk for depressive symptoms

Ever since birth control pills first became available, researchers have been trying to understand the connection between oral contraceptive use and mood. A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands adds important, new information by surveying young women about depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms — such as crying, sleeping excessively, and eating issues — can be far subtler than…

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Predicting future course of psychotic illness

University of Adelaide psychiatry researchers have developed a model that could help to predict a patient’s likelihood of a good outcome from treatment — from their very first psychotic episode. The model is based on a range of factors, including clinical symptoms, cognitive abilities, MRI scans of the brain’s structure, and biomarkers in the patient’s blood. Speaking in the lead up to Mental Health Week (5-12 October), the University’s Head of Psychiatry, Professor Bernhard Baune,…

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