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Psychiatry Career Articles of Interest
Scientists May Discover Which Genes Cause Schizophrenia
Source: Cell Stem Cell
Researchers have taken skin cells from patients with genetic abnormalities related to psychiatric illness, which they then were able to observe for nerve development deficits in a specific gene. After blocking this gene, CYFIP1, the scientists found that mutations in two genes similar to CYFIP1 were linked to a higher risk of developing schizophrenia.
Women With Chronic Physical Illness More Likely to Seek Mental Health Treatment
Source: St. Michael’s Hospital
According to a recent study by St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, women who experience chronic physical illness are 10 percent more likely to seek mental health treatment than men with similar pain. They are also more likely to seek services sooner than men.
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Telepsychiatry
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Bullying May Lead to Night Terrors for Children
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Many children experience nightmares of some kind during childhood, but if they report experiencing them or any other kind of sleep disturbance over prolonged periods of time, it may point to bullying. This study shows that many children who were bullied did endure night terrors and nightmares afterwards. Researchers argue that this is important because it gives parents and caregivers a way to determine if their child is a victim of bullying even if the child remains silent, and they can address the issue before it develops into bigger, more dangerous mental illness.