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Loss of potential: teens diagnosed with depression show reduction in educational achievement from primary school to GCSE

Teenagers who receive a depression diagnosis during their school career show a substantial decline in attainment in Year 11, new King’s College London research has found.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 5 Oct 2020

Lithium in drinking water linked with lower suicide rates

Naturally occurring lithium in public drinking water may have an anti-suicidal effect – according to a new study from Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the study collated research from around the world and found that geographical areas with relatively high levels or concentration of lithium in public drinking water had correspondingly lower suicide rates.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 27 Jul 2020

Cognitive behavioural therapy reduces the impact of dissociative seizures

Scientists have found that adding cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to standardised medical care gives patients with dissociative seizures longer periods of seizure freedom, less bothersome seizures and a greater quality of life, in a study published in Lancet Psychiatry today and by the Cognitive behavioural therapy for adults with dissociative seizures (CODES) study group funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 21 May 2020

Depression and anxiety increase premature death by up to 134%

Affective symptoms, in this case depression and anxiety, have been associated with increased death rates in a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) funded study which examined timing and cumulative exposure over the life course.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 8 Apr 2020

Heroin injection associated with respiratory disorder

A single case study of an individual with longstanding heroin addiction has shown heroin-induced slow and ineffective breathing, as well as apnoea, in research from the NIHR Maudsley BRC.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 26 Mar 2020