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  • Twitter chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    a tweet chat with ABC News Dr Richard Besser and several other experts on this topic Read the posts from this chat here Dr McInnis tweets appear under the handle UMHealthSystem 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 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 Twitter Tweets Categories Featured Honors Awards In Memoriam In the News UMHS Press Release Uncategorized Tags addiction alcohol alcoholism antipsychotics anxiety autism bipolar bipolar disorder bipolar research cancer chronic pain college mental health cortisol DBSA

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2012/12/11/twitter-chat-on-seasonal-affective-disorder/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Student strength: Addressing depression before it starts :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    director of the U M Depression Center Not enough attention has been paid to mobilizing these biological social and learned strengths This conference aims to fill that void The two day conference will feature in depth workshops sessions on a variety of topics and a panel discussion aimed at parents One workshop targeted specifically at college students will highlight strategies for maintaining good mental health through exercise sleep and mindfulness In addition the panel discussion on the conference s second day invites parents to discuss the best ways to help support their college student s mental wellness Other areas of focus include Addressing the unique mental health needs of students in the arts Building resiliency skills in graduate students who will travel abroad Transforming residence halls into supportive communities The keynote address features actress Brittany Snow who founded Love is Louder a group that supports the mental health of teenagers and young adults Courtney Knowles the director of Love is Louder will also speak The conference will conclude with a performance by the U M Educational Theatre Company which will portray real stories based on student interviews showcasing the challenges students face when trying to achieve emotional balance in their lives The audience for the conference which will be held at U M s Rackham Graduate School building includes counselors nurses physicians students academic advisers residence education staff university leaders and anyone with an interest in mental health among college students Registration is free for students from any campus but an online registration form is still required The registration fee for non students is 130 before February 1st or 145 after Members of the media covering the event may register at no cost A conference schedule and additional information can be found at http www depressioncenter org docc Recent Entries

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2012/02/07/student-strength-addressing-depression-before-it-starts/ (2016-05-02)
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  • A military psychiatrist’s Afghanistan experience :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    in the situation he says While doing his best to help the detainees in his capacity as a psychiatrist Fluent also worked to maintain the respect of the guard force and not seem overly accommodating of the prisoners It s definitely a fine line he acknowledges Fluent quickly realized that as a highly visible high ranking officer his behavior spoke volumes to both the detainees and guards I tried to model behaviors that said This is what we re all about This is the kind of behavior that Mom Dad and everyone back home is going to be proud of he says The tour marked his third mobilization since the attacks of Sept 11 2001 After a difficult encounter with a detainee he would try to demonstrate to other soldiers that it s perfectly natural to be angry and frustrated but he also wanted to show that those feeling didn t have to be channeled into negative behaviors Wow he would joke That guy was ridiculous Do we need a bar in here or what Fluent also found himself taking a similar approach to the detainees telling them things like It has to be totally miserable in here for you I m sure being here makes you furious I get it or at least I m trying to get it It helped just to acknowledge the reality of the situation he says His challenges as a psychiatrist were multiplied by linguistic and cultural differences Having to speak through an interpreter robbed Fluent of some of the tools on which he frequently relies to put patients at ease humor intonation playfulness nuance I found I focused a lot on my non verbal communication my eye contact and facial expressions Fluent says I wanted my eyes to communicate warmth and humanity but not I m a fool Many of the detainees had very little experience with Western medicine much less talk therapy Their attitude seemed to be the more medication you got the better the doctor he notes Still Fluent looks back at the mission with a sense of accomplishment We did good things there he says I know I made a difference although it was the kind of mission where that sense was a little harder to wrap your arms around compared to my experience at Landstuhl an earlier deployment to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany There Fluent mainly treated physically and psychologically injured Coalition troops fresh from the battlefield Fluent says he s grateful for the support he received while deployed In July U M s Psychiatry Department received a Patriot Award from the Michigan Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of its support for National Guard and Reserve forces RESOURCES As more and more American troops return from Afghanistan and Iraq and try to resume a civilian life veteran patients and their families can take advantage of the following resources offered by U M The Buddy to Buddy Program The program pairs veterans

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2011/10/26/a-military-psychiatrists-afghanistan-experience/ (2016-05-02)
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  • U-M expands depression support program for primary care patients :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    the patient stay engaged in treatment over time and be actively involved in their own care rather than just sending them to a website for more information Klinkman adds M DOCC s services are free to enrolled patients and the program accepts all U M primary care patients with depression including those with additional mental health diagnoses at any phase of treatment Patients are free to opt out of the program at any time M DOCC is designed to provide long term assessment and monitoring so participants are encouraged to continue in the program even after they achieve recovery or remission to help prevent relapse of depression Since 2003 more than 2 000 patients have been referred to M DOCC and participating patients have shown significantly better remission rates and an average 35 percent increase in work productivity while in the program compared to usual care M DOCC s unique care model has attracted the attention of other health systems seeking to replicate the effectiveness of a program based on health coach or health navigator support to primary care doctors not just for depression management but for other chronic conditions as well M DOCC is guiding Allegiance Health in Jackson Mich in establishing a similarly structured depression outreach program This is the first community outreach from a UMHS disease management program to be integrated into the clinical operations of an external health care system As one of the original disease management programs created by the UMHS Medical Management Center in 2000 M DOCC has been significantly refined over the past decade It is run through the U M Depression Center and the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine M DOCC is offered to patients at the following primary care locations Briarwood Family Medicine Brighton Health Center Canton Health Center Chelsea

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2011/08/23/u-m-depression-support-program-for-primary-care-patients-expands/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Featured :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    in Molecular Psychiatry suggest that variations Read this story U M continues efforts to prevent tragedy among college students February 1 2011 Early Detection and Intervention is this year s theme for the annual U M Depression on College Campuses conference ANN ARBOR Mich The devastating shooting near Tucson Ariz that left six people dead and U S Rep Gabrielle Giffords critically injured thrust mental health on college Read this story 3 8 million upgrade to U M mental health unit emphasizes safety comfort January 20 2011 Inpatient unit renovation adds new security features more private rooms and additional treatment space ANN ARBOR Mich Even on a gray winter day the space is bright and welcoming the furniture elegantly accented with leaves and flowing designs When you first walk in you might think you had Read this story Resurrecting the so called depression gene January 3 2011 ANN ARBOR Mich University of Michigan Health System researchers have found new evidence that our genes help determine our susceptibility to depression Their findings published online today in the Archives of General Psychiatry challenge a 2009 study that called the genetic link into question Read this story Researchers track the impacts of depression during pregnancy December 9 2010 Babies born to depressed moms have higher levels of stress hormones decreased muscle tone U M study finds ANN ARBOR Mich The cocktail of hormones cascading through depressed mothers bodies may play an important role in the development of their unborn children s brains A higher level of Read this story Veterans With Bipolar Disorder May Have Increased Risk of Suicide November 2 2010 CHICAGO Veterans diagnosed with any psychiatric illness appear to have an elevated risk of suicide and men with bipolar disorder and women with substance abuse disorders may have a particularly high

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/category/featured/page/5/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Youth depression awareness project receives honors :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    the study team Stephanie Salazar Anne Kramer Trish Meyer and Kristine Konz The pilot study was funded with a Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research MICHR Community University Research Partnership CURES grant in fall 2010 The Peer to Peer Depression Awareness Project was conducted in six Ann Arbor high schools from October 2010 to May 2011 and built upon earlier work funded through the U M Depression Center Innovation Fund The initial project goals were to 1 educate students about depression and depressive illnesses 2 support them in finding creative ways to convey this knowledge to their peers in order to reduce stigma and raise awareness and 3 help to promote the early detection of depression bipolar disorder and related illnesses With assistance from Ann Arbor Public Schools AAPS faculty advisors the CURES pilot study added a research and evaluation component including pre test and post test questionnaires based on content presented to the high school teams at a Depression Center Opening Conference in October 2010 Preliminary data analysis is under way and the team intends to submit a R21 proposal to NIH in October 2011 Photo Stephanie Salazar MPH L and Carolyn Sampselle PhD MICHR Community Engagement lead R 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

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2011/07/13/youth-depression-awareness-project-receives-honors/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Peer support offers promise for reducing depression symptoms :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    abuse Pfeiffer says Our study combined data from small randomized trials and found peer support seems to be as effective for treating depression as some of the more established treatments The findings were recently published online ahead of print publication in General Hospital Psychiatry Peer support has been found to decrease isolation reduce stress increase the sharing of health information and provide role models the study points out Since peer support programs often use volunteers and nonprofessionals and can be done over the phone or Internet as well as in person they have the potential to be widely available at relatively low cost Pfeiffer says The need for additional coping options is important when one considers that one third of patients taking anti depressants for major depressive disorder still experience significant symptoms after trying four medicines and more than half of people who achieve remission of their symptoms relapse within a year he adds As a field we should be looking at how to integrate peer support components into primary care and specialty treatment of depression Pfeiffer says noting that additional larger studies could also provide more insight Funding This research was supported by VA Health Services Research and Development Service Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Additional U M authors Michele Heisler M D John D Piette Ph D Mary A M Rogers Ph D Marcia Valenstein M D Heisler Piette and Valenstein have VA appointments Reference Efficacy of peer support interventions for depression a meta analysis General Hospital Psychiatry doi 10 1016 j genhosppsych 2010 10 002 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

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2011/02/17/peer-support-offers-promise-for-reducing-depression-symptoms/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Exploring human genetics to advance depression research :: U-M Psychiatry and Depression Center Newsroom
    in genetic profiles to learn more about depression risk and help improve the prevention and treatment of depressive illnesses Read more about his work in this profile from the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research 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 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 Twitter Tweets Categories Featured Honors Awards In Memoriam In the News UMHS Press Release Uncategorized Tags addiction alcohol alcoholism antipsychotics anxiety autism bipolar bipolar disorder bipolar research cancer chronic pain college

    Original URL path: http://ummentalhealth.info/2011/08/16/exploring-human-genetics-to-advance-depression-research/ (2016-05-02)
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