Psychiatry

The latest psychiatry news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

Scientists use 'optogenetics' to control reward-seeking behavior

Scientists use 'optogenetics' to control reward-seeking behavior

The findings suggest that therapeutics targeting the path between two critical brain regions, the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens, represent potential treatments for addiction and other neuropsychiatric diseases.

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UNC Eating Disorder Program: supporting parents, supporting patients

Providing parents with the tools to take care of themselves during their child’s recovery process, so that they can better support their child’s recovery, is the goal of a new project called Caring for Yourself is Caring for Your Child.

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Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

Pregnancy-related depression linked to eating disorders and abuse histories

Having a history of eating disorders or abuse may increase a woman’s risk for developing depression during and after pregnancy, according to new research from UNC. The finding could influence how doctors screen patients during prenatal visits.

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Five-year Review of David Rubinow, MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry

An ad hoc committee has been appointed to undertake a routine review of the leadership provided by David Rubinow, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

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Elbogen, Belger awarded Department of Defense Grant

Elbogen, Belger awarded Department of Defense Grant

Department of Psychiatry faculty members Eric B. Elbogen, PhD, and Aysenil Belger, PhD, been awarded a multi-year multimillion dollar grant from the Department of Defense and the Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program (PH/TBI) Research Program to implement a clinical trial to assess the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitative therapy for TBI for members or former members of the Armed Forces.

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Brain enlargement in autism due to brain changes occurring before age 2

Brain enlargement in autism due to brain changes occurring before age 2

A study by UNC researchers finds that children with autism who had enlarged brains at age 2 continued to have enlarged brains at ages 4 and 5. However, this increased brain growth did not continue beyond age 2.

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Underage binge drinking can create lasting brain changes

Underage binge drinking can create lasting brain changes

Experts agree that adolescence marks a critical period for brain development. New research shows that binge-drinking teens risk lasting brain changes that could affect their lives as adults.

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UNC researchers unravel clues, develop interventions for autism

UNC researchers unravel clues, develop interventions for autism

As World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, approaches, scientists at the UNC School of Medicine hunt for new treatments and interventions for the disorder.

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Managing anxiety on the run

Managing anxiety on the run

Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD, director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explains how you may be able to quell anxiety and stress with exercise.

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Sullivan among six faculty elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sullivan among six faculty elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, Ray M. Hayworth and Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and professor of genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is among six UNC faculty members who have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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UNC researchers investigate estrogen replacement therapy to prevent depression and cardiovascular disease

UNC researchers investigate estrogen replacement therapy to prevent depression and cardiovascular disease

The study, which began in August 2010 and will be conducted entirely at UNC, seeks to enroll a total of 320 women ages 45 to 55 who are in the menopause transition. All will be randomized to receive treatment with estradiol (estrogen replacement) skin patches or placebo.

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real doctors, real people - Cynthia Bulik

real doctors, real people - Cynthia Bulik

A world renowned eating disorder specialist, Cindy Bulik finds her professional world intertwines with her life on the ice.

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Women with anorexia nervosa more likely to have unplanned pregnancies

Women with anorexia nervosa more likely to have unplanned pregnancies

These results may be driven by a mistaken belief among women with anorexia that they can’t get pregnant because they are not menstruating or are having irregular periods.

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Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities celebrates new space

The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities is one of the few comprehensive centers for developmental disabilities in the United States dedicated to research, training and multi-disciplinary comprehensive clinical services for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families.

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Carolina alumnus, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni to speak at UNC

Carolina alumnus, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni to speak at UNC

Frank Bruni, former restaurant critic for The New York Times and an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give two talks at UNC on Nov. 5 and 6. Both talks are open to the public.

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How to tailgate the healthy way

How to tailgate the healthy way

For fans, part of the joy of football season is the chance to eat tailgate food – and to drink plenty of alcohol. Cynthia Bulik, a professor of eating disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explains how you can stay healthy at tailgate parties from before kickoff until the final touchdown.

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UNC eating-disorders expert: The 'freshman 15' is only a 'freshman five'

UNC eating-disorders expert: The 'freshman 15' is only a 'freshman five'

First-year college students are at risk for gaining weight and developing eating disorders. Two University of North Carolina Health Care experts weigh in on how to develop healthy eating habits on campus.

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Study: Specific PTSD symptoms related to anger and aggressiveness among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

Study: Specific PTSD symptoms related to anger and aggressiveness among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

Focusing on certain PTSD symptoms may be key to treating anger among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans, according to a study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Veterans Affairs researchers.

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Large study helps clarify the genetics of autism

Large study helps clarify the genetics of autism

The findings, published online June 9 in the journal Nature, support an emerging consensus among scientists that autism is caused by many “rare variants” or genetic changes found in less than one percent of the population.

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Sullivan receives grant for genetics study of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Sullivan receives grant for genetics study of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Patrick Sullivan, MD, has received a 2010 Distinguished Investigator Award for a comparison of genetics in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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