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A new study led by Stanford Psychiatry's Amit Etkin could improve PTSD & #depression management by using brain signals t...
11/20/2020
Biomarkers For PTSD And Depression Could Mean Personalized Treatment For Patients

A new study led by Stanford Psychiatry's Amit Etkin could improve PTSD & #depression management by using brain signals to identify which treatment is likely to work best.

New research published in Nature from an international team suggests that certain "brain wave" readings can identify subtypes of PTSD and depression, and predict which subtype responds best to certain treatments.

The mental health effects of COVID-19 will be larger and longer lasting than the medical impact, write Stanford Brainsto...
11/19/2020
Opinion | How to Prepare for the Coming Mental Health Pandemic

The mental health effects of COVID-19 will be larger and longer lasting than the medical impact, write Stanford Brainstorm's Nina Vasan and Marisa Leon-Carlyle in POLITICO. They advocate for expediting the creation of a national, 3-digit suicide hotline.

The psychological damage from disasters like Covid-19 can last for years. Here’s what we should do now — including create a national, 3-digit suicide hotline.

Alcohol consumption rose by 14% from late March 2019 to March 2020. Is your drinking a problem? Look for signs it's inte...
11/18/2020
6 Tips for Drinking Responsibly During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Everyday Health

Alcohol consumption rose by 14% from late March 2019 to March 2020. Is your drinking a problem? Look for signs it's interfering with other important activities or harming your health, says Stanford Psychiatry's Keith Humphreys.

First assess whether your drinking habit is healthy. Then follow these steps to help make sure your relationship with booze stays that way.

Historically, much of the research on gender identity has been harmful and flawed. "What good science shows us is that w...
11/17/2020
The Disturbing History of Research into Transgender Identity

Historically, much of the research on gender identity has been harmful and flawed. "What good science shows us is that when we accept transgender people, they thrive," Stanford Psychiatry's Jack Turban writes in Scientific American.

Research into the determinants of gender identity may do more harm than good

Purdue Pharma arrived at an $8.3 billion settlement with the federal government. The manufacturer "managed to persuade a...
11/16/2020
As Purdue Pharma Agrees to Settle with the DOJ, Revisit Its Role in the Opioid Crisis

Purdue Pharma arrived at an $8.3 billion settlement with the federal government. The manufacturer "managed to persuade a lot of good people in medicine … to dramatically up their prescriptions of opioids," says Stanford Psychiatry's Keith Humphreys.

The proposed $8.3 billion settlement between Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, and the federal government is the latest in a battle over who is responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis, as covered by FRONTLINE in "Chasing Heroin" and "Opioids, Inc."

One way to explain sleep stages to students? Let them take a nap in class, says a psych teacher. Stanford Psychiatry's R...
11/12/2020
Why this high school teacher lets his students sleep in class

One way to explain sleep stages to students? Let them take a nap in class, says a psych teacher. Stanford Psychiatry's Rafael Pelayo agrees with the method. "We've been having students fall asleep in our class and giving bonus points for many years," he says.

Students enrolled in Mr. Isaac Harms' psychology course at Murray County Central High School can sneak in a snooze.

Congratulations to Stanford Psychiatry's Sergiu Pasca, a winner in the Falling Walls category of Life Sciences! With ove...
11/12/2020
Breaking the Wall of Human Neuropsychiatric Disorders - YouTube

Congratulations to Stanford Psychiatry's Sergiu Pasca, a winner in the Falling Walls category of Life Sciences! With over 900 nominees from more than 110 countries, this prize recognizes his work on building brain assembloids and organoids to understand psychiatric disease!

Sergiu Pașca is a Falling Walls Finalist at the Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week: World Science Summit 2020 (1 – 10 November).Will he become the Breakthrou...

71% of Gen Z adults felt miserable or unhappy in August, an American Psychological Association poll finds. The generatio...
11/11/2020
Gen Z is the most stressed out group in America, poll finds

71% of Gen Z adults felt miserable or unhappy in August, an American Psychological Association poll finds. The generation's "challenge is to build a foundation amidst all of the stress and chaos that characterizes 2020," says Stanford Psychiatry's Jennifer Douglas.

American Psychological Association CEO Arthur Evans told "Newsweek" the new reality of the pandemic means that uncertainty is amplified for this age group.

As parts of the country continue reopening, it's normal to feel anxious about returning to work or school. In Rewire, St...
11/10/2020
Dealing with Reemergence Anxiety? Here's What to Know.

As parts of the country continue reopening, it's normal to feel anxious about returning to work or school. In Rewire, Stanford Psychiatry's Nina Vasan and alum Jessica Gold give tips for dealing with the #stress and staying safe.

Expert advice and tips for dealing with COVID anxiety and safely navigating life in the “new normal” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hear from Stanford Psychiatry's Rona Hu on the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal podcast talking about S...
11/10/2020
AJP Residents' Journal: Theatrical Vignettes Addressing Parent-Child Conflict

Hear from Stanford Psychiatry's Rona Hu on the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal podcast talking about Stanford CHIPAO, a series of theatrical vignettes modeling healthy family communication. "We don't want to demonize" parents, she says. "We want to give them options."

Bharat Sampathi, MD, interviews Rona Hu, MD, from Stanford University School of Medicine on her initiative Stanford CHIPAO (Communication Health Interactive for Parents of Adolescents and Others). We discuss her theatrical vignettes addressing parent-child conflict, mental health in immigrant famili...

Be careful when you "doomscroll." Reading bad news right when you wake up sets the tone for the day, and right before be...
11/09/2020
Issue of the day: The pandemic fuels 'doomscrolling'

Be careful when you "doomscroll." Reading bad news right when you wake up sets the tone for the day, and right before bed can inhibit falling asleep, Stanford Brainstorm Director Nina Vasan tells HeraldScotland.

IN a year such as this, it is perhaps no surprise that ‘doomscrolling’ is on the rise. Now mental health experts are warning of the dangers of…

Amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people began buying items to make the "new normal" more comfortable....
11/06/2020
Furniture, bikes and cooking supplies: What people are buying during the pandemic

Amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people began buying items to make the "new normal" more comfortable. "A physical thing can become a tool to help anchor us," says Stanford Psychiatry's Elias Aboujaoude to Washington Post

With travel and dining out on hold, people are using their discretionary spending funds to make their life at home more palatable.

Stanford Psychiatry's Amit Etkin and colleagues recently used brain signals to predict how patients will respond to trea...
11/06/2020
How brain-wave data can refine psychiatric treatment choices - Scope

Stanford Psychiatry's Amit Etkin and colleagues recently used brain signals to predict how patients will respond to treatment for PTSD or MDD, resulting in findings that "reflect progress towards identifying evidence-based biomarkers."

Brain wave data identifies two psychiatric subtypes and can help point to best treatments for PTSD and depression, Stanford research shows.

World Rugby may consider banning trans women from the sport, leaked information revealed. "It would be unjust to take th...
11/05/2020
Trans Athletes Just Want to Play. Rugby Is Trying to Force Them Out

World Rugby may consider banning trans women from the sport, leaked information revealed. "It would be unjust to take these benefits away from transgender and gender diverse youth," Stanford Psychiatry's Jack Turban tells them.

Athletes, scholars, and advocates are speaking out against a new, discriminatory World Rugby proposal.

The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a surge in the epidemic of drug use in the U.S. Stanford Brainstorm Director Nina V...
11/05/2020
Why professionals, depressed and anxious, are developing addictions during Covid

The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a surge in the epidemic of drug use in the U.S. Stanford Brainstorm Director Nina Vasan tells The Guardian that her professional clients in particular are struggling in ways she hasn't seen before.

The pandemic is making the US drug epidemic even worse – and many of its victims include white-collar professionals

Got election stress? Stanford Psychiatry's Keith Humphreys and Jennifer Douglas share advice for lowering your anxiety. ...
11/02/2020
How to cope with election anxiety, according to the American Psychological Association

Got election stress? Stanford Psychiatry's Keith Humphreys and Jennifer Douglas share advice for lowering your anxiety. Among the tips they offer in this Newsweek article are to avoid "doomscrolling" and seek professional help if necessary.

Two in three American adults find the 2020 election a significant source of stress, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association.

We tweet, we like, we share — but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? See Stanford Psyc...
10/30/2020
The Social Dilemma - More About the Film

We tweet, we like, we share — but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? See Stanford Psychiatry's Anna Lembke featured in the recent film The Social Dilemma.

We tweet, we like, and we share- but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? Discover what's hiding on the other side of your screen at TheSocialDilemma.com

Honor World Mental Health Day year-round by prioritizing self-care and getting professional help when you need it. Read ...
10/30/2020
8 Things Mental Health Experts Want You To Know On World Mental Health Day

Honor World Mental Health Day year-round by prioritizing self-care and getting professional help when you need it. Read reminders from Stanford Psychiatry's Jack Turban and Rona Hu in this Forbes article written by alum Jessi Gold.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, these are the 8 things mental health experts want you to know right now about mental health.

If you're compulsively checking the news, having trouble sleeping or ruminating on politics constantly, you may be exper...
10/29/2020
5 Sneaky Signs Your Election Anxiety Is Coming Out

If you're compulsively checking the news, having trouble sleeping or ruminating on politics constantly, you may be experiencing election anxiety. Stanford Brainstorm Director Nina Vasan gives advice for limiting the stress in HuffPost.

Here are subtle ways that (valid) stress over politics may be messing with your mental health, plus advice on how to deal.

Missing all or part of the chromosomal region 22q11.2 is associated with autism, schizophrenia and other conditions. Sta...
10/29/2020
Brain organoids reveal neuronal flaws in syndrome tied to autism | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Missing all or part of the chromosomal region 22q11.2 is associated with autism, schizophrenia and other conditions. Stanford Psychiatry's Sergiu Pasca is a lead author on a study that could help identify new therapeutic targets.

Neurons derived from people with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome show deficits in calcium signaling and electrical activity, pointing to possible therapeutic targets.

Stanford Psychiatry is home to leaders and innovators entrusted with improving the health of individuals, communities an...
10/28/2020
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Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We welcome nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, and all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical ...

Portugal is often lauded for its drug policy, which encourages treatment. "Using those funds to treat people, instead of...
10/27/2020
Pointers From Portugal on Addiction and the Drug War

Portugal is often lauded for its drug policy, which encourages treatment. "Using those funds to treat people, instead of incarcerate them, could go a long way to addressing the harms of illicit drug use in the U.S.," Stanford Psychiatry's Keith Humphreys says.

Decriminalization involves trade-offs, but treating addiction as a disease yields a clear gain, research suggests.

Be wary of naps and later wake-up times while hunkering down during the pandemic. "These behaviors have negative impact ...
10/27/2020
Dr. Fauci says we should prepare to 'hunker down' again — here's how to mentally get through fall and winter

Be wary of naps and later wake-up times while hunkering down during the pandemic. "These behaviors have negative impact on the biological clock that regulates sleep and … lead to problems sleeping," Stanford Psychiatry's Rachel Manber says.

Covid-19 isn't going to go away in the fall and winter. In fact, White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that Americans should prepare to "hunker down." Here are some tangible ways you can stay positive while stuck at home again.

New research by Stanford Psychiatry's Renske Lok and colleagues found that swimmers perform best around 5 p.m. Why? It c...
10/26/2020
Circadian rhythms affect Olympic swim performance, study finds - Scope

New research by Stanford Psychiatry's Renske Lok and colleagues found that swimmers perform best around 5 p.m. Why? It could be "a function of glucose, oxygen saturation levels, insulin … lots of things," she says.

Stanford postdoc finds that Olympic athletes swim their fastest around 5 p.m. in the afternoon and their slowest in the morning.

Transgender people have always existed, and it's important to know how to support children questioning their gender iden...
10/26/2020
9 questions about trans issues you were too embarrassed to ask

Transgender people have always existed, and it's important to know how to support children questioning their gender identity. "Create a nonjudgmental space," Stanford Psychiatry's Jack Turban tells Vox.

From pronouns to sports to puberty blockers, here are answers to the most common questions about trans issues.

If the presidential and VP debates make you anxious, you're not alone. In this HuffPost article, Stanford Psychiatry's J...
10/23/2020
15 Things Therapists Do When They're Anxious Watching The Debates

If the presidential and VP debates make you anxious, you're not alone. In this HuffPost article, Stanford Psychiatry's Jack Turban and Nina Vasan and alum Jessi Gold provide tips for reducing that stress.

Here are mental health experts' tips for addressing anxiety and practicing self-care during election season (because even the pros need help right now).

During COVID-19, many activities became remote — including therapy. Stanford Psychiatry's Cara Bohon noticed that some p...
10/21/2020
During Covid, Eating Disorder Patients Turn to Apps

During COVID-19, many activities became remote — including therapy. Stanford Psychiatry's Cara Bohon noticed that some patients were more engaged and she speculates that "doing it from the comfort of home allowed them to be more 'themselves' in the group."

Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating patients are facing novel challenges as in-person care is on hold. Can tech tools fill in the treatment gaps?

What you eat can help lesson symptoms of PCOS. Think whole grains, probiotics, legumes and healthy fats — foods that kee...
10/19/2020
The 6 Best Foods to Eat to Alleviate PCOS Symptoms

What you eat can help lesson symptoms of PCOS. Think whole grains, probiotics, legumes and healthy fats — foods that keep insulin in check, boost gut health and more, Stanford Psychiatry's Shebani Sethi Dalai tells The Beet.

Here are six foods to eat that can help alleviate symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), from an expert.

Stanford Psychiatry is proud to be a partnering organization for the National Stop a Suicide Today Town Hall.The free ev...
10/19/2020

Stanford Psychiatry is proud to be a partnering organization for the National Stop a Suicide Today Town Hall.

The free event is this Wednesday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. Tune in live at stopasuicide.org to get information on suicide prevention, hear from experts and speakers, ask questions and get access to resources.

A study shows why a common genetic deletion makes the risk of schizophrenia 30 times higher. Stanford Psychiatry's Sergu...
10/16/2020
Stanford scientists solve secret of nerve cells marking a form of schizophrenia

A study shows why a common genetic deletion makes the risk of schizophrenia 30 times higher. Stanford Psychiatry's Sergui Pasca, senior author, says that researchers previously worked "from behavior down. Here we're working from molecules up."

A common genetic deletion boosts the risk for schizophrenia by 30-fold. Generating nerve cells from people with the deletion has showed Stanford researchers why.

One way to counteract negative self-image is by rethinking how you talk about bodies. "By choosing to not engage in appe...
10/14/2020
Body image: 'We can have a full, meaningful life in the bodies we have.' - Scope

One way to counteract negative self-image is by rethinking how you talk about bodies. "By choosing to not engage in appearance-based conversations, we can influence the world by modeling our values," Stanford Psychiatry's Kristine Luce says.

Body image is a key part of well-being, yet many of us have a conflicted relationship with our bodies. A Stanford Medicine psychologist offers guidance.

If you're having suicidal thoughts, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe. Stanford Psychiatry's Stephanie ...
10/13/2020
What to Do If You're Having Suicidal Thoughts

If you're having suicidal thoughts, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe. Stanford Psychiatry's Stephanie Clarke recommends reaching out to a loved one you trust to start a conversation and to ask for help.

If this is an emergency please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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