Friday, February 19, 2016

ASD, ADHD, Depression, 2e the Movie, and More

A NOVELIST WRITES in The Washington Post about his son, who early in life was placed in the middle of the autism spectrum and pronounced by one educator to have a "limited" future. But the son made it to college and blossomed. Read more about the trials, treatments, and successes along the way.

THE NEW YORK TIMES reported Thursday on a study of ADHD interventions. The study seemed to indicate that behavioral therapy, whether or not followed or augmented by meds, was the way to start for better long-term results. Interestingly, we saw no press releases prior to the Times article about the studies; they scooped us! Read more.

THREE ITEMS ON DEPRESSION:
1. Researchers report the first-ever connection between noradrenergic neurons and vulnerability to depression. This breakthrough paves the way for new depression treatments that target the adrenergic system. Read more.
2. An immersive virtual reality therapy could help people with depression to be less critical and more compassionate towards themselves, reducing depressive symptoms, finds a new study. The therapy, previously tested by healthy volunteers, was used by 15 depression patients aged 23-61. Nine reported reduced depressive symptoms a month after the therapy, of whom four experienced a clinically significant drop in depression severity. Find a study write-up.
3. A clinical trial of an experimental drug for treatment-resistant major depression finds that modulation of the endogenous opioid system may improve the effectiveness of drugs that target the action of serotonin and related monoamine neurotransmitters. Find a study write-up.

CEC has recruited a new, young blogger for its "Asperger's 101" team. The young man's first post recounts his experiences growing up and how a label can be misleading. Find the blog.

2e: TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, the movie. Producer Tom Ropelewski is still checking in with the subjects of this documentary to keep track of what they're up to, and he has posted a video update on vimeo; find it. Separately, the movie will have seven screenings during the Reel/Ability film festival in New York City next month. Find out more.

BIPOLAR DISORDER. A psychiatrist offers advice for parents on "caring for bipolar disorder." The detailed but accessible advice is posted at the site of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation; find it.

MORE ON PSYCHIATRY. The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) has released an open, online course on child and adolescent mental health at an introductory level. There are currently about 20 videos available, each 10-15 minutes long. Topics include clinical assessment, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, ODD, ASD, and many more. Find out more.

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