Research Digests

  • Brain firing, but not wiring, is different in children with ADHD

    When in a relaxed state, the brains of children and adolescents with ADHD tend to fire differently to those without the disorder, although there don’t seem to be changes in the physical connections or ‘wiring’ of their brains.

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  • SAAND Study

    The SAAND Study: Attention and arousal regulation in neurodevelopmental disorders

    The SAAND Study – An investigation into the role of attention and arousal regulation in ADHD and ASD, and comorbidity between these disorders

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  • Young schoolgirl representing PROMs

    Patient-centred practitioners prioritise PROMs

    Clinicians who use therapeutic approaches that focus on patients’ perceptions, such as CBT, may be more likely to seek patient feedback.

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  • Psychosis pathway positive for patients

    Using a dedicated pathway for patients with an ultra-high risk of psychosis at a London CAMHS community unit led to fewer admissions, quicker psychiatric review and a shorter wait for treatment.

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  • Toughened toddlers seek rewards & Toddlers’ temperament is autism early indicator

    Two overviews of papers focusing on toddlers. The first on those who grow up in a harsh environment and act assertively at aged two tend to do better than average when solving reward-based problems, but do worse on abstract ones. The second suggesting a new avenue for exploring early diagnosis in autism.

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  • Early intervention for teenagers on the autism spectrum

    An emerging initiative for teenagers on the autism spectrum, their parents and siblings, from Dr Bairbre Glynn, Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

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  • Syrian refugee study to be presented at WHO HQ

    A JCPP study looking at the effectiveness of support groups for Syrian refugees living in Jordan has been presented at a WHO meeting in Geneva. According to the authors, the randomised controlled trial is the first to apply such robust evaluations to humanitarian interventions for refugee mental health. It found the community-based programme offered modest […]

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  • Self-Harm: The Parent’s View

    Though it is not always openly discussed, the impact self-harm has on the individual and their family, can be very distressing. For someone to recover from ‘rock-bottom’ requires support, with family being an obvious source. It makes sense that the pillars of this support system, parents in most cases, feel equipped to support their child in recovering from such an experience. Saying this, there is little research on parents’ perspective of care following self-harm.

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  • Gender identity and children with autism spectrum disorder

    Consultant Psychiatrist Ruth Bevan introduces Gender Dysphoria and Gender Identity Disorder and discusses the assessment and treatment of Gender Identity Disorder in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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