Adverse childhood experiences: how common are they and who is most at risk?

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In this joint blog, Becca Lacey and Sarah Stock explore a recent meta-analysis on the global prevalence of adverse childhood experiences, which looks at the groups of people most at risk of experiencing them.

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What’s the relationship between the menstrual cycle and suicidal ideation?

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Gemma Sawyer discusses new research on the menstrual cycle as a possible acute trigger for suicidal ideation.

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What is the evidence for ADHD as a risk factor for intimate partner violence or sexual violence?

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In this co-written blog, Vishal Bhavsar and Janhvi Duggal explore a recent systematic review which looks at the relationship between ADHD and exposure to, and perpetration of, intimate partner violence and sexual violence.

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Self-stigma for people with depression: systematic review presents global prevalence data, risk factors and protective factors

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Pattie Gonsalves blogs about the stigma that people with depression can sometimes feel towards themselves; summarising a recent systematic review that estimates the global prevalence of depression self-stigma, alongside risk factors and protective factors.

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We need a whole system approach to tackling early childhood inequality: new research on health and educational outcomes in adolescence

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In her debut blog, Dr Huong Le evaluates a UK population-based retrospective cohort study investigating the impact of early childhood disadvantage on a variety of adverse health and educational outcomes in adolescence.

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What’s the relationship between stressful life events and psychosis?

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Kris Deering considers a 2-year prospective observational study published in the Lancet Psychiatry which found strong links between stressful life events and relapse in first-episode psychosis.

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The burden of perinatal mental illness in migrant women: new evidence on prevalence and risk factors

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In her debut Mental Elf blog, Gilda Spaducci explores the global prevalence of perinatal mental disorders among migrant women; summarising a recent review which finds that “one in four experience perinatal depression, one in five perinatal anxiety, and one in eleven perinatal PTSD”.

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Genetic risk for schizophrenia is associated with changes in heart structure and function

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Nadine Parker and Ole Andreassen summarise a recent UK population-based cohort study, which looks at the impact of polygenic risk for schizophrenia on cardiac structure and function in over 32,000 people.

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Smoking and bipolar disorder: the physical and mental health impact of tobacco cessation

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Hannah Walsh explores the clinical and research implications of this French cohort study on bipolar disorder and smoking status, and how risks differ for current, former and never smokers.

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Where I lay my head is home: residential instability and earlier onset of psychosis

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Liana Romaniuk summarises a recent US cross-sectional study which suggests that residential instability (moving home a lot) may lead to disrupted social networks and relationships, predisposing vulnerable youth to greater stress, which can increase their risk of psychosis.

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