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On Friday, October 28, 2016 the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation hosted its 28th Annual International Mental Health Research Symposium. Guests were treated to insightful, educational and inspiring presentations by the 2016 Foundation Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners.

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Depression is a problem often associated with adults, but young children can have the condition, too. In recent years, researchers have begun to understand how depression manifests in preschoolers, what it does to the brain, and how it may affect their future mental health.

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The teenage years are awkward. From cracking voices to gangling arms and legs, teenagers struggle to adjust to their ever-changing bodies. Those physical changes are accompanied by even more dramatic emotional changes. Teens are almost expected to be sullen, moody, and rebellious. They often engage in risky behaviors, forgetting that they are not invincible.

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Each year about 15 million people in America experience the debilitating effects of depression. About one patient in seven doesn’t respond to treatment. Fritz Henn, M.D. Ph.D., is working hard to solve this problem. He’s a professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a member of the Foundation’s Scientific Council.​

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By all accounts, drug addiction across America has reached epidemic proportions. More than 22 million people suffer from substance abuse problems, and in 2014, over 43,000 died from unintentional drug overdoses in the United States. Despite these tragic numbers, there are few effective treatments for recovery, and relapse rates are high.

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