Mental Health News Round-Up: August 7

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Coffee Can Help Boost Your Mental Health

Moderate coffee drinkers were found to be less likely to develop mild cognitive imperative. Drink up coffee lovers!

Picky Eating in Children Linked to Anxiety, Depression and A.D.H.D.

New research in Pediatrics shows that extremely picky eating during childhood could be indicative of other behavioral health problems in the future. One scientist explains this connection because these youth are more sensitive to their environment and thus more easily affected by outside factors.

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Chris Davey Leaves a Legacy Through Active Minds

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rsz_1chris_davey_pic_for_websiteMeet Chris Davey. Chris is a senior at Stevenson University in Maryland, set to graduate in May with a degree in Psychology. Chris founded Active Minds at Stevenson during his first week of freshman year and has been an unstoppable force ever since.

“My personal experiences struggling with anxiety and ADHD led me to check out Active Minds after my first week at Stevenson. Once I had the chance to meet other chapter members and see the open and accepting atmosphere they created, I knew I had a place to spend the next four years.”

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Mental Health News Round-Up: March 20

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imagesClues To Autism, Schizophrenia Emerge From Cerebellum Research

By researching people born without one, scientists are looking at other functions that the cerebellum may have. Although the research is preliminary, researchers see potential for learning more about schizophrenia, autism, and brain plasticity.

Workplace Suicides Are on the Rise

A new study finds that work place suicides rose between 2007-2010.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Interactive Screening Program is one tool that police and other employers are using to identify those at risk for suicide. Though some corporations are bucking the trend by placing the priority on mental health.

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Mental Health News Round-up: Nov 7

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imagesWayne Brady Opens Up About His Depression: ‘I Had a Complete Breakdown’

In a personal interview with Entertainment Tonight, Wayne Brady talks about his battle with depression, the stigma of being perceived as “crazy,” and the impact of Robin Williams’ death. The response to his revelation has been overwhelmingly positive and sparked others to discuss their mental health struggles.

Evidence that Heart Health and Mental Health Are Linked

Research from the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, people with mental health disorders run a higher risks or cardiac issues including heart disease or stroke.

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Emerging Scholars: A Brief Introduction about My Advisers and Mentor

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M.MeinzerFollowing suit with Sarah, I would like to introduce my advisors and mentor who have been instrumental in carrying out this project.

Since enrolling at Florida International University’s Clinical Science of Child and Adolescent Psychology Program in August of 2010, I have been fortunate to have Dr. Jeremy Pettit, an Associate Professor in the Department of psychology, as my primary advisor. Dr. Pettit was trained by Dr. Thomas Joiner at Florida State University where he received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Before making the move to Miami, Dr. Pettit was an Associate Professor at The University of Houston. His main research program focuses on the etiology, course, and outcomes of internalizing disorders and suicide-related behaviors in adolescence and early adulthood and he has produced over 75 publications throughout his research career. He has also received grant funding from NIMH to examine the course and impact of depression. Dr. Pettit has been extremely helpful on this fellowship project in that its focus is on the trajectory of depressive symptoms in late adolescence and early adulthood. I look forward to continuing to learn from him in the years to come.

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Emerging Scholars: Meet the Scholar – Michael Meinzer

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M.MeinzerMy name is Michael Meinzer and I am currently a second year graduate student at Florida International University in Miami, FL. I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Clinical Science of Child and Adolescent Psychology and have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jeremy Pettit, Dr. William Pelham, and Dr. James Waxmonsky throughout my training. In my first blog post I wanted to give a brief description of my Active Minds project, as well as provide some background as to how I got interested in my area of research.

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