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October 2003 News and Blog Posts (3)

Expressions of Social Anxiety in Asian-Americans

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Transcultural psychiatry and ethnic minority mental health research have made significant gains toward our understanding of mental health problems among Asian-Americans (e.g., Kurasaki et al., 2002). However, relatively little is known about the manifestation of social anxiety and social phobia among Asian-Americans. This article summarizes the available empirical literature on social anxiety and social phobia in this population group and highlights clinical… Continue

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Are Assessment and Treatment Influenced by Ethnicity and Gender?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - The conditions of conduct disorder (CD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder (BD) are highly comorbid and constitute some of the most prevalent and difficult-to-treat disorders in any mental health care system. Clinicians often struggle with symptom presentation among children and adolescents, differential diagnoses, and their own relative lack of knowledge about the psychosocial and pharmacotherapy treatment of these youths (Kovacs and Pollock,… Continue

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Genetic Components of Depression Identified

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - The 5-HTT gene was found to predict an individual's sensitivity to stressful events (Science 2003;301[5631]:386-389). Researchers divided 847 members of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study into three groups based on their 5-HTT gene-linked polymorphic region genotype: those with two copies of the short allele (s/s homozygotes; 17%), one copy of the short allele (s/l heterozygotes; 51%), and two copies of the long allele (l/l homozygotes; 31%).… Continue

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