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  • Losing a Healing Voice :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    not just mourned Greden also explains that large samples truly large samples in the tens of thousands must be coupled with lifetime monitoring since underlying causes are not only common they are chronic The National Network of Depression Centers NNDC was formed to develop and help lead these new models There are options for treatment right now that can help tremendously said Melvin McInnis MD principal investigator of the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund in the Depression Center If you are having thoughts of suicide talk to someone tell them tell your doctor go the emergency room get help If someone tells you that they have suicidal thoughts listen believe them and get them the help they need Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depressions and bipolar illnesses is crucial If you or any of your loved ones experience feeling of helplessness emptiness or unhappiness irritability have a loss in activities that were once enjoyable or have trouble sleeping it may be time to seek help Improving nutrition sleep and physical exercise and not misusing alcohol or other drugs can also help reduce the underlying symptoms and lower suicide risk The support of family and friends can also be very important Finding the right treatment for the right person at the right time requires a new approach That time has come To learn about treatment options visit the University of Michigan Depression Center s website at www DepressionCenter org or the National Network of Depression Centers website at www NNDC org Related Media Prechter Fund Founder Reflects on the Robin Williams Tragedy Williams death sends message that can save lives an op ed by Dr John Greden in the San Francisco Examiner National Network of Depression Centers statement Wally Prechter interviewed on WJR Radio To Know Suicide an op ed by

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2014/08/12/losing-a-healing-voice/ (2016-05-02)
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  • President Obama Proclaims May as National Mental Health Awareness Month :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    the Affordable Care Act as well as special initiatives his administration has fostered to address the mental health needs of children and veterans In responding to the President s proclamation APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin M D M P A said APA applauds President Obama s proclamation of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month especially his focus on the need to increase awareness of mental illnesses and make mental health treatment including for substance use disorders more accessible to the millions who suffer in silence In emphasizing that mental illness should not be viewed differently from other illnesses he is taking a step toward reducing the stigma that too often deters people from seeking help Read the full text of the proclamation here Recent Entries Dr Monica Starkman professor emeritus publishes novel based on career in psychiatry Who gets hooked on drugs who stays clean Study in rats finds genetic markers that influence addiction UMHS community mourns death of Kenneth Silk M D Taking the fight against risky pain pill use to the ER Study shows promise Fashion design meets U M research in wearable human stem cell images Featured Video Recent Posts Dr Monica Starkman professor

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2014/05/02/president-obama-proclaims-may-as-national-mental-health-awareness-month/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Out of sync with the world: Brain study shows body clocks of depressed people are altered at cell level :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    how this approach allowed the team to accurately back predict the hour of the day when each non depressed individual died literally plotting them out on a 24 hour clock by noting which genes were active at the time they died They looked at 12 000 gene transcripts isolated from six regions of 55 brains from people who did not have depression This provided a detailed understanding of how gene activity varied throughout the day in the brain regions studied But when the team tried to do the same in the brains of 34 depressed individuals the gene activity was off by hours The cells looked as if it were an entirely different time of day There really was a moment of discovery says Li who led the analysis of the massive amount of data generated by the rest of the team and is a research assistant professor in U M s Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics It was when we realized that many of the genes that show 24 hour cycles in the normal individuals were well known circadian rhythm genes and when we saw that the people with depression were not synchronized to the usual solar day in terms of this gene activity It s as if they were living in a different time zone than the one they died in Huda Akil Ph D the co director of the U M Molecular Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and co director of the U M site of the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium notes that the findings go beyond previous research on circadian rhythms using animals or human skin cells which were more easily accessible than human brain tissues Hundreds of new genes that are very sensitive to circadian rhythms emerged from this research not just the primary clock genes that have been studied in animals or cell cultures but other genes whose activity rises and falls throughout the day she says We were truly able to watch the daily rhythm play out in a symphony of biological activity by studying where the clock had stopped at the time of death And then in depressed people we could see how this was disrupted Now she adds scientists must use this information to help find new ways to predict depression fine tune treatment for each depressed patient and even find new medications or other types of treatment to develop and test One possibility she notes could be to identify biomarkers for depression telltale molecules that can be detected in blood skin or hair And the challenge of determining why the circadian clock is altered in depression still remains We can only glimpse the possibility that the disruption seen in depression may have more than one cause We need to learn more about whether something in the nature of the clock itself is affected because if you could fix the clock you might be able to help people get better Akil notes The team continues to mine their data for new

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2013/05/14/out-of-sync-with-the-world-brain-study-shows-body-clocks-of-depressed-people-are-altered-at-cell-level/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Risk of depression influenced by quality of relationships :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    Clinical Scholar at U M and the study s lead author This is the first time that a study has identified this link in the general population Digging deeper into the results the researchers found that certain positive and negative aspects of relationships also predicted depression Social strain and a lack of support especially in spousal relationships and to some extent with family members were both risk factors for developing depression later These results tell us that health care providers need to remember that patients relationships with their loved ones likely play a central role in their medical care Teo says They also suggest that the broader use of couples therapy might be considered both as a treatment for depression and as a preventative measure While the results confirmed the researchers assumptions about relationship quality they did not find a correlation between the frequency of social interactions and the prevalence of depression as predicted Even if participants were socially isolated having few interactions with family and friends it did not predict depression risk Teo says this finding should also translate to mental health treatment considerations Asking a patient how she rates her relationship with her husband rather than simply asking whether she has one should be a priority Teo says The researchers say that the study s significant effect size one in seven adults with the lowest quality relationships will develop depression as opposed to just one in 15 with the highest quality relationships indicates the potential for substantial change in the general population The magnitude of these results is similar to the well established relationship between biological risk factors and cardiovascular disease Teo says What that means is that if we can teach people how to improve the quality of their relationships we may be able to prevent or

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  • Featured :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    WASHINGTON D C A pair of University of Michigan mental health researchers who are partners in both research and life have won a prestigious national prize for their studies on the biological roots of emotions Read this story Yoga shown to reduce depression in pregnant women boost maternal bonding August 8 2012 It s no secret that pregnancy hormones can dampen moods but for some expectant moms it s much worse 1 in 5 experience major depression Now new research shows that an age old recommended stress buster Read this story Health research pilot grant awardees include four from Department Depression Center June 25 2012 The Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research MICHR recently awarded more than 671 573 in pilot grants for health research studies at U M The first round of 2012 MICHR pilot grants included the following Department and Depression Center members among the recipients Vicki Ellingrod Read this story Student strength Addressing depression before it starts February 7 2012 How can college students draw upon their own strengths resilience and sense of social connectedness to help them maintain mental health and wellness Researchers students and U M community members will discuss this question at the annual Depression Read this story A military psychiatrist s Afghanistan experience October 26 2011 How a military psychiatrist balanced treating Afghan detainees and U S troops Pictured Thomas Fluent M D clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and medical director Read this story Greden named Health Care Hero Prechter receives honorable mention September 12 2011 Depression Center Executive Director John Greden M D was named a winner in the 10th annual Crain s Detroit Business Health Care Hero awards Read this story U M expands depression support program for primary care patients August 23 2011

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  • The University of Michigan loses internationally renowned biological psychiatrist to leukemia :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    biology was viewed as offering an indirect and rather imperfect way of studying the otherwise inaccessible brain of depressed individuals a window into the brain Moreover the tools available for this analysis were limited primarily measures of blood cortisol But Elizabeth posited that abnormal responsiveness to stress could be part and parcel of the pathophysiology of mood disorders She was fully aware of the intricacies of the stress system at the molecular brain circuit and neuroendocrine levels Therefore she realized that there were many points of vulnerability where the system could be disrupted but also many approaches to resetting its intricate balance It is because of these unique insights that she spent a significant portion of her career devising novel strategies to challenge the stress system and examine its responses in normal subjects and patients with mood disorders She used pharmacological and neuroendocrine approaches coupled with exquisite clinical assessment to surgically dissect the nature of the disruption of stress physiology in mood disorders uncovering the role of brain areas such as the hippocampus in this dysregulation She analyzed the stress disruption not only in severe depression but also in related and sometimes co morbid illnesses such as anxiety disorders or post traumatic stress disorder PTSD Her body of work stands as one of the most systematic and mechanistic analyses of the biology of mood disorders in modern psychiatry Elizabeth had many other scientific interests most prominent among them the role of gender differences in vulnerability to mood disorders Why are women more prone to these diseases than men Why do they respond differently to antidepressants What is the role of gonadal hormones in this difference And what is the relative role of hormones versus other biological psychological and social factors that may contribute to depression vulnerability Many of these questions remain unanswered One of Elizabeth s last scientific contributions completed while battling her cancer was a thorough review of the biology of gender differences in depression currently in press in Molecular Psychiatry Her contributions to the field will continue however as she has established the basis for many lines of enquiry into human psychopathology But Elizabeth was much more than a talented and visionary physician scientist She was also a loving wife and stepmother a caring physician a wonderful collaborator and mentor an ardent gardener and appreciator of the best that life has to offer and a devoted friend She accomplished all she did with warmth integrity and the very highest values imaginable It is rare to know someone so talented and so accomplished who is also so kind warm genuine and selfless During her ordeal while battling leukemia and undergoing complex therapies and bone marrow transplant she and her equally remarkable husband Dr Peter Hinman maintained a blog in which they shared their trials and their triumphs with their countless friends and colleagues Their courage love thoughtfulness and generosity towards their friends were inspiring In knowing her those of us who love her learned not only how to live

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2009/10/14/the-university-of-michigan-loses-internationally-renowned-biological-psychiatrist-to-leukemia/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Veena Tripathi receives the July 2009 VA House Officer of the Month award :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    language on the plaque below Congratulations Veena this was well deserved This certificate is awarded to Veena Tripathi M D second year house officer in Mental Health Service by the Department of Veterans Affairs designating her House Officer of the Month for July 2009 Dr Tripathi demonstrated superior clinical performance on her psychiatry rotations during her internship Her caring humanitarian approach to veterans and families was exemplary Not only was she always willing to take on extra responsibilities to help our veteran patients she also consistently offered to help her colleagues during busy days As her class representative Dr Tripathi went beyond the call of duty to improve the educational experience not only for her class but also for the incoming residents She demonstrated a strong commitment to medical student education Dr Tripathi s nomination is supported by the Mental Health Service leadership who confirmed that she indeed is an exemplary house officer We would like to thank Dr Tripathi for her exemplary dedication to our veterans medical and psychiatric care as well her dedication to resident and medical student education by honoring her with the Resident of the Month Award Recent Entries Dr Monica Starkman professor emeritus publishes novel based on career in psychiatry Who gets hooked on drugs who stays clean Study in rats finds genetic markers that influence addiction UMHS community mourns death of Kenneth Silk M D Taking the fight against risky pain pill use to the ER Study shows promise Fashion design meets U M research in wearable human stem cell images Featured Video Recent Posts Dr Monica Starkman professor emeritus publishes novel based on career in psychiatry Who gets hooked on drugs who stays clean Study in rats finds genetic markers that influence addiction UMHS community mourns death of Kenneth Silk M D Taking

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  • Economy’s link to depression discussed :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    included U M Depression Center director John Greden The statistics are staggering and they are likely more profound during times when stressors increase such as a recession with 12 percent statewide unemployment 21 percent of women and 12 percent of men will experience depression at some point for a total of 17 percent of the U S population Depression is the second most costly disorder in the country after cardiac disease The cost of depression in the workplace is more than 100 billion per year What many of us are experiencing is loss said moderator Melvin McInnis a U M professor of psychiatry acknowledging what many seemed to be feeling judging by the nods among the crowd of about 150 people Those attending the seminar sponsored by the library and the depression center gave written questions to the panel Questions ranged from the public health effects of unemployment to more provocative topics such as fixing society rather than medicating individuals Edit Jacobson of Ann Arbor came to the event because she is interested in health care and health care delivery and how to get services to those who don t have as much access to services I m very hopeful she said For 88 percent of us in Michigan who still have jobs how can we help the other 12 percent Though the topic was not exactly uplifting the session ended on a positive note We ought to learn we ought to live we ought to laugh Greden said Those are the things we can do Recent Entries Dr Monica Starkman professor emeritus publishes novel based on career in psychiatry Who gets hooked on drugs who stays clean Study in rats finds genetic markers that influence addiction UMHS community mourns death of Kenneth Silk M D Taking the fight against

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