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    Children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health also often struggle with their sleep. Indeed disrupted or altered sleep has been associated with most psychiatric disorders (Gregory & Sadeh, 2016). Although a range of sleep difficulties can co-occur with mental health problems, a common difficulty is insomnia. As such this guidance will primarily focus on difficulties with getting to sleep and staying asleep.

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  • Good intentions, good enough?

    Daniel Brennan, Assistant Psychologist at Ealing Intensive Therapeutic and Short Break Service (ITSBS) provides a summary of Lenehan, C. and Geraghty, M.  (2017) “Good intentions, good enough?: a review of the experiences and outcomes of children and young people with learning disabilities in residential special schools and colleges”,

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  • Neuroscience Edition Editorial

    Welcome to this Neuroscience themed edition of The Bridge.

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  • Identifying imaging biomarkers in the neonatal brain

    The past decade has seen great improvements in magnetic resonance imaging technologies, such that it is now possible to image the developing brain in utero. In 2018, Dafnis Batalle and colleagues compiled an Annual Research Review for the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, where they evaluated the current status of neuroimaging research in neonates and paediatrics to determine the origins of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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  • A mother’s touch: a key player in fine tuning the function of our genome

    There is debate as to the importance of genetics in determining our behaviour. This debate has become enshrined perhaps due to the early focus of genetics on searching for DNA variation in our genome (termed a polymorphism) that affected protein structure, the hypothesis being that such a protein variant would not be working optimally in our body throughout our life.

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  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

    Our conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders aims to raise awareness and understanding of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and provide an overview of how individuals and families affected by FASD can be supported. Key takeaways To raise awareness of the prevalence, key features and outcomes of individuals affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) […]

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  • The experiences of healthcare transitions between child and adult services for young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a review of evidence

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterised by hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. It affects around 5% of children, and can be a long term condition, with research showing that up to two thirds of young people with ADHD will continue to experience symptoms into adulthood. However, many young people with ongoing healthcare needs do not make the necessary transition from child to adult mental health services.

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  • Ordo ab chao: The need for systematic reviews

    …researchers are expected to strive exhaustively in their effort to gather a number of studies and research findings before rigorously assessing them for their quality and then presenting the conclusions in a reasoned, fair, and impartial summary.

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  • Professor Pasco Fearon

    ‘Myth-busting around attachment theory’ Professor Pasco Fearon

    Professor Pasco Fearon on ‘Myth-busting around attachment theory’. Recorded on Friday 8 March 2019 at the Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture & National Conference ‘Attachment & early intervention: Improving emotional wellbeing and relationships in the family, and at school’ ACAMH members can now receive a CPD certificate for watching this recorded lecture.

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  • ‘Service offer and access to local services’ Jenni Willbourn and Dr Kate Friedman

    Jenni Willbourn and Dr. Kate Friedman talk sharing follow-up of the excellent work ongoing in Greater Manchester following the traumatic Manchester Arena event. ACAMH members can now receive a CPD certificate for watching this recorded lecture.

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  • The impact of 22Q11

    Anne Lawlor, Co-Founder and Chairperson of 22Q11 Ireland joins ACAMH to discuss 22q11 deletion syndrome, its impacts on sleep and mental health, as well as how her lived experience informs her work and how it could inform the work of professionals.

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