Adolescent cannabis use and risk of depression and suicide

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Benjamin Janaway blogs about a major data analysis that links adolescent cannabis use with increased risk of depression and suicide. He considers the opportunities for early recognition of cannabis use and public intervention.

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Psychosis during ADHD treatment with methylphenidate or amphetamines

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Samuele Cortese reports on a recent study of 13-25 year old people with ADHD, which looks at the comparative risk of psychosis during treatment with methylphenidate and amphetamines.

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Youth anxiety and depression treatment not as good as we think? What should we tell the children?

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Ola Demkowicz writes her debut elf blog about a study that evaluates reliable improvement rates in depression and anxiety at the end of treatment in adolescents.

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Loneliness and sedentary behaviour: time to take a stand?

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Tim Matthews, Molly Bird and Hannah Cocker mark #LonelinessAwarenessWeek with a blog looking at recent research into loneliness and sedentary behaviours in 12-15 year old children.

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Who gets bullied? Using genetic information to identify individual vulnerabilities

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Lucy Bowes explores a multi-polygenic score approach to identifying individual vulnerabilities associated with the risk of bullying, which suggests that depression, ADHD, risk taking, BMI and intelligence are independently associated with exposure to bullying.

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Referrals to mental health services: understanding ethnic differences

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A group of UCL Masters Students summarise a recent paper on ethnic differences in referral routes to child and adolescent mental health services.

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Poor school attendance and anxiety: what’s the link?

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Lucinda Powell summarises a recent systematic review about the association between anxiety and poor attendance at school, which suggests links between anxiety and unexcused absences/truancy, and school refusal.

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Can PTSD in refugees affect their children’s well-being via harsher parenting styles?

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David Turgoose writes his debut elf blog on a longitudinal cohort study, which looks at the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on refugees’ parenting and their children’s mental health.

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Depression in young people: are we researching what matters most?

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Tamsin Ford asks what outcomes count, when it comes to measuring adolescent depression?

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Community supported discharge service for teenagers leaving psychiatric hospital

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Robyn Murphy summarises an RCT that compares the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an intensive community supported discharge service versus treatment as usual for adolescents with psychiatric emergencies.

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