September 5, 2008

Mental Illness


Older fathers may up bipolar risk
Irish Health (Tue, 2 Sep 2008)
Older fathers may be more likely to have children who go on to develop bipolar disorder, the results of a new study indicate.

Low birth weight ups psychiatric risk
Irish Health (Tue, 2 Sep 2008)
Babies who have a low birth weight may be at an increased risk of experiencing psychiatric problems in childhood, the results of a new study indicate.



Mental Health


Caesarean childbirth 'may affect bonding'
Irish Examiner (Thu, 4 Sep 2008)
Caesarean childbirth may weaken the attachment of a mother to her baby, a study has shown. Scientists found women were more emotionally responsive to the cries of their babies if they chose to give birth naturally. Those who had caesarean deliveries were significantly less sensitive to the sound of their own babies crying. Parts of their brains believed to regulate emotions, motivation and habitual behaviour were not as strongly activated as they were in natural birth mothers.



Disability job site is launched
Clare Champion (Fri, 29 Aug 2008)
Clare Supported Employment Service has just launched a new website and are inviting people who have a disability or mental health difficulty interested in getting work to visit their site for advice. The new address is  and people can get advice and assistance or find put more information about the service by logging on.



Suicide Prevention


Concern over rise in suicides
Irish Health (Thu, 28 Aug 2008)
A 12% increase in the number of suicides in Ireland is ‘tragic evidence’ of the failure of the Government to support suicide prevention, Fine Gael has claimed.



Self Harm


Self-harm widespread among teens
Irish Health (Thu, 4 Sep 2008)
Deliberate self-harm is a widespread but often hidden problem among adolescents, especially females, a major new European study has shown.





Depression link to 'chaotic' baby sleep
Irish Health (Tue, 2 Sep 2008)
Mothers who experience depression before they become pregnant, or mood problems while pregnant, are more likely to have children with chaotic sleep patterns in the first year of life, the results of a new study indicate.