Preschool kids who sleep fewer than 9 hours a night may be more likely to have behavioral problems, such as aggression and impulsivity, than kids who get more sleep. Medscape Medical News

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Psychotic symptoms in teens, particularly in individuals with existing psychopathology, appear to be a strong clinical marker for suicide attempts. Medscape Medical News

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Stimulant medications in adolescents with ADHD appear to have a protective effect on the development of substance abuse disorders in this patient population. Medscape Medical News

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Greater awareness of synthetic stimulants appears to have slowed their use, but manufacturers are staying one step ahead of regulators with a new generation of similar, equally dangerous products. Medscape Medical News

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A pretreatment PET scan may pave the way past the trial-and-error approach to picking a first-line therapy for major depression, new research hints. Medscape Medical News

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June 3 marked the first White House Conference on Mental Health in 14 years. President Obama opened the event by describing how many people “suffer in silence” rather than seeking help: Source: WhiteHouse.gov We see it in the veterans who come home from the battlefield with invisible wounds of war, but who feel like seeking treatment is somehow a sign of weakness – when, in fact, it’s a sign of strength. We see it in the parents who would do anything for their kids, but who often fight their mental health battle alone – afraid that reaching out would invite judgment or reflect badly on them.

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After brief training in mindfulness meditation, specific brain changes that correlate with reduced anxiety are visible on imaging, new research shows. Medscape Medical News

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The overuse of smartphones and the Internet may lead to significant problematic behaviors in adolescents, including depression and aggression — and the greater the use, the greater the risk. Medscape Medical News

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Patients with certain types of noncancer pain, including back pain, migraine, and psychogenic pain, have been found to have a significantly increased risk for suicide, new research suggests. Medscape Medical News

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Although there are a myriad of clinical topics up for discussion at this year’s annual meeting, it’s unlikely that any will garner as much attention as release of the DSM-5. Medscape Medical News

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