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Depression

Extracting stability gives a more powerful and heritable measure of emotional problems

By | Research Matters

This blog explains our latest publication in which we analysed Twins Early Development Study data on emotional problems across childhood and adolescence. Accurate assessment is difficult but essential if we are to understand the influences on emotional problems. We took advantage of longitudinal data (i.e. taken across time) to define…

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R is for Rumination

By | A-Z

Most of us have probably heard friends or family tell us to “stop overthinking things”. Is this good advice? The answer is probably yes, if what you’re doing is ruminating. Daniel fills us in on rumination, how it increases our risk of mental health problems, and what we can do…

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Q is for Quiz

By | A-Z

After a short break (most of the team have been off enjoying their summer holidays!) the A-Z blog is back! Since we are just over halfway through the A-Z series, Tom [EDIT Lab PhD student] has put together a quiz based on all our previous posts for you to test…

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N for Neuroticism

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Neuroticism is a personality trait characterised by easily experiencing negative emotions. This A-Z blog offers some highlights of what is currently known about the genetic and environmental influences on neuroticism, as well as its overlap with and relevance for psychiatric disorders.

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M for Missing Heritability

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Decades of twin studies have yielded evidence of the heritability of many different traits. What we mean by this is the proportion of variation in a trait that can be explained by genetic differences between individuals. Research has moved towards identifying specific genetic variants associated with these traits through Genome-Wide…

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The largest genome-wide association study of depression was published last month. What did they find and what happens next?

By | Research Matters

Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, contributing considerably to early mortality. Despite significant efforts, the genetics underlying depression has been difficult to identify and there has been limited progress in developing new treatments. Last month the largest genome-wide association study of depression was published in Nature Genetics (1)….

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How does parental depression influence child behaviour outcomes? A large adoption study supports the mediating role of overreactive parenting.

By | Research Matters

This week on the blog, Daniel [EDIT Lab PhD student] summarises the findings of a recently published study by Taraban et al. investigating the influence of parental depression on the development of behaviour problems in children through its effect on parenting.   Parenting can be stressful, so it comes as…

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D for Depression

By | A-Z

Depression is the fifth leading cause of the global burden of disease and first leading mental health cause (Vos et al., 2017). Whilst everyone experiences sadness and perhaps even depression at times in their lives, perhaps following loss of a loved one, those with clinical depression experience symptoms that go…

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C for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychological therapy, most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders and depression. CBT is a talking therapy that explores the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is a structured, goal-oriented, skills-based treatment that uses both cognitive and behavioural techniques to change the way…

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