Yes, OCD is genetic but having a parent or sibling with OCD doesn't guarantee you'll have it
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health condition that can be mild or debilitating. Over the years, there has been much discussion surrounding whether or not OCD is genetic and if there is a specific gene linked to OCD. Christopher Pittenger MD, PhD, Director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic, explains what you need to know about genetics and other risk factors for OCD.Source: Insider
Potenza Named Director of Division on Addictions Research at Yale
Marc Potenza, MD, PhD (Yale College ’87, MD ’93, PhD ’94, Psychiatry Residency ‘98), Professor of Psychiatry, of Neuroscience, and in the Child Study Center, has been named Director of the Division on Addictions Research in the Yale Department of Psychiatry.
Inpatient Milieu Therapy: Considerations for Adolescent and Transitional Age Youth
The role of milieu therapy on inpatient treatment has become more prominent due to the changing landscape of hospital care, with shorter length of stay, higher patient acuity, and rapid turnover, writes Yale Psychiatry researchers.Source: Adolescent Psychiatry
Sinha: Coronavirus pandemic could create mental health crisis, experts warn
The coronavirus, which is stressing the American spirit unlike any crisis since World War II, could create an unprecedented outbreak of anxiety and depression unless mental health systems intervene with a sweeping strategy to deliver psychological first aid, experts say - including Rajita Sinha, PhD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience and Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center.Source: Danbury News Times
Coping With Pandemic: Who’s Zoomin’ Who?
The pandemic has many parents trying to do their jobs from home, supervise their children’s education and provide 24-7 care. Creating reasonable expectations can keep parents from becoming overwhelmed in a high stress situation. Setting goals that are achievable – and carving out a bit of time for yourself — will make this extraordinary time more manageable. C-HIT’s Colleen Shaddox discusses ways to find balance with Dr. Megan V. Smith, DrPh, MPH, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and the Yale Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine.Source: Connecticut Health I-Team
Yale Psychiatry's Smith, Sestan Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, and the Yale Child Study Center Parent and Family Development Program, and Nenad Sestan, MD, PhD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neuroscience, and Professor of Comparative Medicine, of Genetics and of Psychiatry, were recently elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE).
Bloch Featured in HuffPost: ADHD Can Be Debilitating At Work. Here's How To Make It Better.
Michael Bloch, MD, MS, Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and Associate Director of the Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program, weighed in on how adults can manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at work.Source: Huffington Post
Yale Review: Opioid Use in Pregnancy
Amalia Londono Tobon, MD, Clinical Fellow in the Yale Child Study Center; Erin Habecker, MD, a 2019 graduate of the Yale Psychiatry Residency Program; and Ariadna Forray, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, are co-authors of a paper published in Current Psychiatry Reports that reviews recent evidence of perinatal outcomes and treatment of opioid use disorder during pregnancy.Source: Current Psychiatry Reports
MoMba App: Hopelab and Elevate Team Up on Social Media Application
Elevate, a policy lab at Yale School of Medicine and Hopelab, a social innovation lab in San Francisco, Calif., recently teamed up in a collaboration focused on the MoMba® app, a social media application designed to strengthen the mental health of mothers as well as their connections with their young children.
Yale Study: Ketamine Disinhibits Dendrites and Enhances Calcium Signals in Prefrontal Dendritic Spines
In a study published in Nature Communications, Alex Kwan, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and his research team found that within an hour after a mouse received ketamine, there is a substantial increase in the amount of calcium that goes into the dendritic spines for neurons in the prefrontal cortex.
Yale Review: How Brain Alterations Contribute to Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
How brain alterations contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors is the subject of a new published review of brain scanning studies by Yale and international researchers. Hilary Blumberg, MD, John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, and Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at Yale, is the paper's lead and corresponding author.
“I smile for children everywhere!” Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Yale professor, Rima Salah, PhD, commemorates the 30th Anniversary on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). "Let us unite our strengths and reaffirm our commitment to uphold and fulfill the rights of all children wherever they are."Source: Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)
Yale Imaging and Psychopharmacology Lab Publishes Articles in Molecular Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry CNNI
Yale School of Medicine's Yale Imaging and Psychopharmacology Lab, directed by neuroscientist Sarah Yip, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, has published research articles in Molecular Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.