How bad will my postpartum depression be in 12 months? ‘Game-changing’ study uses four factors to accurately predict severity, longevity of postpartum depression

A new Northwestern Medicine study was able to successfully predict if a new mother would experience worsening depressive symptoms over the first year after giving birth by identifying four maternal characteristics that put her at risk. Identifying these factors early in the postpartum period will allow mothers to seek treatment earlier and improve their chance of a full recovery, the […]

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Alcohol dependence, psychiatric disorders share genetic links: Key alcoholism gene influences how quickly body metabolizes alcohol

In the largest study of genetic factors linked to alcohol dependence, an international team of researchers identified a gene known to affect risk, and they determined that many other genes also contribute to risk for alcohol dependence to a lesser degree. In addition, the study linked genetic factors associated with alcohol dependence to other psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and […]

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How Can I Find the Best Psychiatrist?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness.(Getty Images) The brain is an intricate organ, and with that complexity comes the possibility for things to go wrong. Although neurologists take care of certain aspects of the brain and diseases that begin there, there’s more to having a healthy brain […]

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