Depression, overwhelming guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes

In school-age children previously diagnosed with depression as preschoolers, a key brain region involved in emotion is smaller than in their peers who were not depressed, scientists at the School of Medicine have shown.

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Constantino receives Irving Phillips award

John N. Constantino, MD, the Blanche F. Ittelson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the 2014 Irving Phillips Award for Prevention from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Americans drink less when cigarettes cost more

School of Medicine researchers Melissa Krauss and Richard Grucza, PhD, led a team that analyzed data from all 50 states and found that higher cigarette taxes and policies prohibiting smoking in public places are associated with a decrease in alcohol consumption.

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The 13th Guze Symposium on Alcoholism will be held 03/19/2015

The Guze Symposium will be hosted on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Presenters at the symposium will include experts on research related to alcohol use and dependence. Please check back with the website as additional announcements and registration information will be coming soon.

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Welcome to the Washington University, Department of Psychiatry’s website. The department has been at the forefront of psychiatric care for decades. Members of our faculty were among the first to champion the medical model of psychiatry and view psychiatric dysfunction as an interaction between genes and environment. The department and its faculty continue to be in the vanguard of both the study and treatment of mental illness. In order to prepare for the future, the department also devotes a significant amount of time and effort to the training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers. We provide training at the medical student, residency, fellowship, and pre-, and post-doctoral levels. We invite you to visit our site to learn more about our history, the faculty, and what we do to increase our understanding of nervous system function and improve the treatment of mental disorders.