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Trend: Wider use of mental health screenings in school-based settings

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Anoka-Hennepin Schools May Start Depres­sion Screen­ings (CBS Minnesota):

Minnesota’s largest school dis­trict is dis­cussing screen­ing high school stu­dents for depres­sion and anx­i­ety in the classroom…

Dr. Nita Kumar, a men­tal health con­sul­tant for the dis­trict, said Fri­day that the idea is to get stu­dents to talk about some­thing they may hide from their par­ents or not even under­stand what is hap­pen­ing. The form is the same one many doc­tors’ offices pro­vide Read the rest of this entry »

January Update: The Federal Trade Commission orders Focus Education to stop making unsubstantiated brain training claims

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ Jan­u­ary e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neu­ro­science research reports, a land­mark action by the Fed­eral Trade Commission…and some quick brain teasers. Enjoy!

New research:

New think­ing:

New tools:

Finally, when you have a few min­utes you may want to try these quick brain teasers to test your cog­ni­tive skills…and your cog­ni­tive biases.

Have a great month of February!

Study: To help children with ADHD improve academic performance, combine medication AND behavioral treatment

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Aca­d­e­mic prob­lems are extremely com­mon in chil­dren with ADHD and often the issue that leads to refer­ral for an ADHD eval­u­a­tion. Unfor­tu­nately, the sig­nif­i­cant aca­d­e­mic strug­gles that many chil­dren with ADHD expe­ri­ence can under­mine their long-term suc­cess in areas that extend far beyond for­mal schooling.

Given these facts, an impor­tant ques­tion is whether long-term aca­d­e­mic func­tion­ing in youth with ADHD improves with treat­ment? Because this is such a fun­da­men­tally impor­tant ques­tion, and Read the rest of this entry »

E-therapy stepping up to fill mental health gaps

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Tele­health ven­dor seized oppor­tu­nity from Kaiser strike (Health­Care Dive):

When Kaiser’s men­tal health work­ers went on strike to protest what they claim is Kaiser’s pol­icy of under­staffing their facil­i­ties in order to boost their prof­its, it left a void for the thou­sands of patients who relied on Kaiser’s staff for men­tal health ser­vices. Act­ing as a real-time tes­ti­mony to the power of tele­health Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Are neuromarkers on the cusp of transforming education and mental health?

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Brain Scans May Help Pre­dict Future Prob­lems, And Solu­tions (NPR):

Brain scans may soon be able to help pre­dict a person’s future — some aspects of it, anyway.

Infor­ma­tion from these scans increas­ingly is able to sug­gest whether a child will have trou­ble with Read the rest of this entry »

For college students, mental health screening kiosks offer ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’

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A ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’ — Men­tal Health Screen­ing Kiosks at Drexel (Drexel Now):

Dur­ing their time in col­lege, most stu­dents learn the impor­tance of look­ing out for their own health.

How­ever, some miss the con­nec­tion that their men­tal well-being is just as impor­tant as keep­ing a reg­u­lar exer­cise reg­i­men or eat­ing the right diet Read the rest of this entry »

Therapy or antidepressants? Coming soon: Brain activity “fingerprints” to personalize depression treatments

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To Treat Depres­sion, Drugs or Ther­apy? (The New York Times):

Until recently, many experts thought that your clin­i­cian could lit­er­ally pick any anti­de­pres­sant or type of psy­chother­apy at ran­dom because, with a few clin­i­cal excep­tions, there was lit­tle evi­dence to favor one treat­ment over another for a given patient Read the rest of this entry »

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