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Category : Autism

Predicting Autism in Infants: Early Identification and Early Treatment

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April this year, one in 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Autism is a very complex and variable condition. It is diagnosed based on observations of behavior in children as young as 2 years old, but it is often diagnosed much later. Interventions to treat autism symptoms are more effective the earlier they start, so identifying children earlier allows for starting treatment earlier, potentially lead to better outcomes.

Online Mental Health Screenings: A Potential First Step

Several organizations provide brief online screenings for depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental health conditions. More than one million people took screenings through the Mental Health America site alone in 2016.

Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Linked to Changes in Medication Use Among People with Serious Mental Illness

People with serious mental illness exposed to direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of medications are more likely to stop taking their medications than those not exposed to the advertising, according to new research published in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

Effective Messages to Fight Stigma

Despite increasing public awareness and discussion about mental illness and substance use disorders, stigma is still a major barrier to many people seeking treatment. New research has identified communication strategies that are effective in reducing stigma and increasing public support for policies and programs benefitting people with behavioral health conditions.

Many Young Children with Autism Not Getting Early Treatment

An estimated one in 68 children is affected by Autism spectrum disorder in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism is a complex developmental disorder that can cause problems with thinking, feeling, communication and social interaction. Early treatment can help, but many are not getting it, according to new research.