'New mothers twice as likely to have post-natal depression in lockdown'

University of Oxford - Sarah Myers, Emily H. Emmott

DOI: 10.1002/eat.23513

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13 May 2021 (Article)

A correlational study carried out on "Children of the 90s’ population cohort of 14,000 children in the UK" discovered the association that recurrent abdominal pain in childhood, the most common gastro-intestinal complaint of childhood, may potentially leads to the occurence of eating disorders and weight control problems in teenagers.


'Vulnerable older people more likely to experience depression and anxiety during pandemic'

UCL - Giorgio Di Gessa, Debora Price

DOI: 10.1136/jech-2021-216405

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5 May 2021 (Article)

Older people classified as clinically vulnerable were found to be more likely to experience deterioration in health and social well-being during the pandemic.


'Heavier social media use linked to more frequent drinking in young people'

UCL - Yvonne Kelly, Linda Ng Fat.

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21 April 2021 (Article)

The study examined the relationship between the frequency of social media usage (during weekdays) and alcohol intake among youngsters of age 10 to 19. The results suggested a higher likelihood for 10  to 15 years old to start drinking, which is illegal, as they used social media more regularly. A similar pattern is observed as teenagers aged 16 to 19 with more frequent social media usage having more serious binge drinking habit. Although the study did not include recent popular social media such as Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok, the findings have suggested that social media indirectly influenced drinking patters potentially via negative online experience and advertisement.

Friends Drinking Beer

'High levels of racism could be fuelling poor health among minority groups'

University College London - Ruth A Hackett et al. 

DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09792-1.

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09 March 2021 

According to a study carried out by the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), one in five individuals from an ethnic minority group were found to have experienced racial discrimination, which may be associated with higher likelihood to develop poorer mental and physical health after this experience.

Beauty in Pigmentation

'Psychological ‘signature’ for the extremist mind uncovered'

University of Cambridge & Zmigrod. L et al.

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22 February 2021 

Cognitive dispositions—individual differences in how information is perceived and processed— sculpt individuals' ideological worldviews, e.g., conservatism and nationalism were related to greater caution in perceptual decision-making tasks and to reduced strategic information processing, while dogmatism was associated with slower evidence accumulation and impulsive tendencies.

Psychology Session

'The Voice of God in Revelation and Illness: understanding shared processes and differences through humanities, psychiatry, and experimental neuroscience'

King’s College London

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18 December 2020

Music Festival

'The proportion of children experiencing a probable mental disorder has increased over the past three years'

NHS Digital & University of Cambridge

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22 October 2020

Colorful Tears

'New mothers twice as likely to have post-natal depression in lockdown'

UCL - Sarah Myers, Emily H. Emmott

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.648002

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11 May 2021 (Article)

A recent study found the portion of mothers who give birth to babies during the Covid-19 first lockdown in London (47.5%) suffered from post-natal depression were twice of that before pandemic (23%). Those with more than one child were hardest hit.


'Substance use and depression more closely linked for generation Z teens'

UCL - Suzanne H. Gage, Praveetha Patalay

DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.03.002

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23 April 2021 (Article)

Compared to the millennails (born in 1991-92) in Bristol area, the susbtance abuse behaviour of generation Z adolecents (2000-02) is more stronger associated with depression.

Inpatient Drug Abuse Treatment

'Autism rates have increased and show differences in ethnic minorities and links to social disadvantage'

Univeristy of Cambridge - Carrie Allison et al. 

DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.0054

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29 March 2021 

Black and Chinese pupils were 26% and 38% more likely to be autistic respectively and autistic children were much more likely to face significant social disadvantage. This study highlights the need for more attention to the unrecognised and differing needs of autistic children from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds.

Autism Therapy

'Boys who play video games have lower depression risk'

University College London & Kandola, A. et al. 


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19 February 2021 

Boys who regularly play video games at age 11 are less likely to develop depressive symptoms three years later while girls who spend more time on social media appear to develop more depressive symptoms.

Friends Playing Video Games

'New study shows mental health of ICU staff should be immediate priority' 

King’s College London

DOI: 10.1101/2020.11.03.20208322

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13 January 2021 (Article) 

A more severe mental health issue is found among ICU clinicians than nurses and doctors by a self-report questionnaire. This is probably due to the higher exposure to (potential) Covid patients, leading to heightened stress from the worries of catching and passing on of the disease. 

Hospital Staff

'The Emerging Evidence series explores the impact of coronavirus on young people’s mental health'

UCL and the Evidence Based Practice Unit

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30 June 2020

Teenage Boy on Mobile Phone

'Children and young people from low income backgrounds show elevated mental health difficulties throughout lockdown'

University of Oxford - Led Project

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14 September 2020

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