Opinion: Five ways to beat anxiety and take back control of your life during the COVID-19 pandemic – based on science

Anxiety is tough to deal with at the best of time. It’s even tougher when we’re in the midst of a pandemic that is causing chaos around the globe. Dr Olivia Remes shares her top tips on looking after your mental health during this difficult period.

Cambridge University News
March 19, 2020 | cambridge

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Brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence to prepare teenagers for adult life

New brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at increased risk of mental illness, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Cambridge University News
Jan. 29, 2020 | cambridge

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Women in STEM: Anna Chaplin

Anna Chaplin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychiatry who studies the association between depression and cardiovascular health in young people. Here, she tells us about teaching herself to code, her department’s support of students, and putting your mental health first. 

Cambridge University News
Jan. 9, 2020 | cambridge

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Study identifies brain networks that play crucial role in suicide risk

An international team of researchers has identified key networks within the brain which they say interact to increase the risk that an individual will think about – or attempt – suicide. Writing in Molecular Psychiatry, the researchers say that their review of existing literature highlights how little research has been done into one of the world’s major killers, particularly among the most vulnerable groups.

Cambridge University News
Dec. 2, 2019 | cambridge

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Opinion: Depression - men far more at risk than women in deprived areas

Deprivation affects men and women differently, writes Olivia Remes, PhD candidate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, with men more likely to experience depression.

Cambridge University News
Nov. 27, 2019 | cambridge

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GP clinics could help bridge mental health treatment gap, study finds

Patients experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues could be managed effectively by GP practices, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. This could also help reduce the stigma faced by these individuals. However, specialist treatment may still prove more cost-effective in the long term, say the researchers.

Cambridge University News
Nov. 7, 2019 | cambridge

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Genetic variants for autism linked to higher rates of self-harm and childhood maltreatment

People with a higher genetic likelihood of autism are more likely to report higher childhood maltreatment, self-harm and suicidal thoughts according to a new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge. A better understanding of these issues is critical to improving wellbeing in autistic people. The results are published today in Molecular Psychiatry.

Cambridge University News
Oct. 29, 2019 | cambridge

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Antidepressant use more than doubles among over 65s in two decades

The proportion of people aged over 65 on antidepressants has more than doubled in two decades, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge and University of East Anglia (UEA).

Cambridge University News
Oct. 7, 2019 | cambridge

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Research at the chalk face: connecting academia and schools

Researchers in Cambridge’s Faculty of Education are working with teachers to improve the experience of learning in the East of England – and boost pupils’ life chances.

Cambridge University News
March 25, 2019 | cambridge

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Recalling happy memories during adolescence can reduce risk of depression

Recalling positive events and experiences can help protect young people against depression in later life, suggests new research published today.

Cambridge University News
Jan. 14, 2019 | cambridge

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