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Articles  |  July 1, 2014
Continuity of Preschool Depression

Preschool depression and conduct disorder were stronger risk factors for developing full DSM-5 criteria for major depression in later childhood and early adolescence than well-established risk factors such as maternal history of depression or traumatic life events. Early interventions for preschool depression and conduct disorder could help young children at uniquely high risk for later major depression.

Articles  |  July 1, 2014
Effects of Childhood Bullying Persist Far Into Midlife

A five decade-long nationwide study revealed that the impact of being bullied in childhood persists up to mid-life. The harmful effects extend beyond psychological distress to lower levels of education, physical and cognitive health problems, and poor social functioning.

Articles  |  July 1, 2014
Lithium in Pregnancy

Lithium taken during the first trimester of pregnancy appears to increase the risk of cardiovascular anomalies in infants, although some of these anomalies resolve spontaneously. Lithium also raises the likelihood of miscarriage. On the other hand, the risk of illness recurrence is high for women who discontinue taking medication during pregnancy, and so the decision should be made on an individual basis. It is recommended that women treated with lithium during organogenesis receive fetal echocardiography and level-2 ultrasound.

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