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Young adults with autism more likely to have psychiatric problems: study

September 14th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | research - (Comments Off on Young adults with autism more likely to have psychiatric problems: study)

main-autism12lf1Researcher suggests findings highlight a need to focus on mental health care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder [photo by Chloe Ellingson/The Globe and Mail]

Kyle Echakowitz says his transition from high school to college was not just stressful, it was downright “scary.” Becoming a postsecondary student meant having to learn how to manage his time, figure out a course load he could handle and advocate for himself. The switch was particularly daunting for Echakowitz, who has Asperger syndrome (now included in the diagnosis for autism spectrum disorder, or ASD), as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

Pot-related psychosis linked to early ‘dangerous’ use

June 6th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | research - (Comments Off on Pot-related psychosis linked to early ‘dangerous’ use)

kbpotdoc1.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x724Researchers trying to understand what triggers psychotic episodes in some users say it’s a myth marijuana is risk-free

At first, the voices he heard in his head were pleasant. But then, they turned malevolent. Jean Thibodeau, a 19-year-old University of Toronto student and avid pot smoker, became convinced he was possessed by the devil. He could see blood gushing down his chest and feel a deep gash in his neck. “I remember thinking, I’m going to die,” said Thibodeau in an interview.   Read the rest of this article at The Toronto Star…

Dr. Jean Martin Beaulieu receives national prize for mental health research

October 28th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | research - (Comments Off on Dr. Jean Martin Beaulieu receives national prize for mental health research)

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (October 28, 2015)—The Royal has named Dr. Jean Martin Beaulieu the inaugural recipient of The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research which supports Canadian early-career researchers in mental health and encourages them to continue to pursue their research in Canada. The annual prize provides $100,000 to support the recipient’s research activities.

Dr. Beaulieu is a researcher and an associate professor in the department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Laval University. Through his research, Dr. Beaulieu is seeking to gain a better understanding of how Lithium – a common treatment for bipolar disorder – works at a molecular level with the hope of developing new and better treatments for mood disorders and other mental illnesses. More information here and here.

Research study finds that severe poverty affects brain size

August 31st, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | research - (Comments Off on Research study finds that severe poverty affects brain size)

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Being Safe, Being Me: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

May 9th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media | research - (Comments Off on Being Safe, Being Me: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey)

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picture 631pfr banner workingA new national study shows that Canada’s transgender youth face significant challenges, but are helped by strong family, school and community connections

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Outrunning depression: Exploring the link between body and mind

October 27th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views | research - (Comments Off on Outrunning depression: Exploring the link between body and mind)