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Fat: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and the Depression Connection

Some helpful information for sorting out the various types of dietary fats and their relationship to brain health.

Empowering information for depression management

Our new video series offers individuals and families practical information on depression self-care, including tips on sleep, nutrition, exercise, and more.
View videos on the Depression Toolkit -

The Director Discusses: Treatment-resistant depression: The problem reconsidered

In the latest “The Director Discusses” online column, John Greden, M.D., considers new reasons for optimism in the fight against treatment-resistant depression.


U-M Depression Center members, research, and programs in the media

Peer support interventions for depression effective in reducing symptoms

Peer support (or mutual support or self-help) programs reduced symptoms of depression more effectively than traditional treatment alone and were comparable to the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy, according to a study by Paul Pfeiffer, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of psychiatry and researcher at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and colleagues. The study was featured in U.S. News & World Report, WebMD, Consumer Affairs, Business Week, and elsewhere.

Depression Center experts featured in sleep series

ABC12 WJRT TV aired a series on the relationship between sleep, depression, and general health that included interviews with Deirdre Conroy, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, and Leslie Swanson, Ph.D., clinical lecturer in psychiatry.  Todd Arnedt, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, and assistant professor of psychiatry and neurology, answered questions as part of an expert panel. Coverage included sleep tips, reporting on sleep drugs, and “momsomnia.”  

Depression symptoms found to increase over time in addiction-prone women

Unlike alcoholism and antisocial behaviors, depression does not diminish with age, at least in this high-risk group, according to a U-M study. Robert Zucker, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the U-M Addiction Research Center, served as senior author on the study, which was featured in U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek, and elsewhere.

Women, alcohol, and sleep

Alcohol may disrupt sleep quality in women more than men, according to a study by Todd Arnedt, Ph.D., and colleagues. The study was featured in MSNBC, HealthNews, and elsewhere.

Treatment options for Tigers’ 1B

Kirk Brower, M.D., professor of psychiatry and executive director of U-M Addiction Treatment Services, was quoted in a Detroit News story about potential addiction treatments for the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.

“Suicide by cop”

Sean Joe, LMSW, Ph.D, associate professor of psychiatry and social work, was quoted in a Miller-McCune article about efforts to prevent a phenomenon known as “suicide by cop.”

Basic research and understanding the brain

Huda Akil, Ph.D., co-director and research professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, and Distinguished University Professor and Quarton Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry, was quoted in Science News discussing the intrinsic merits of undirected research.



March 8: Bright Nights
Learning and Depression: What's the Connection?

March 11: Colloquium Series
Psycho-Oncology: Results of Research Partnership with Michigan State University

March 19: Military Family Support Forum
Stress management

March 28-29: Depression on College Campuses Conference, U-M Rackham Graduate School

May 5: “Michigan in Chicago"
A Night of Theater to Benefit the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund
The University of Michigan is coming to Chicago to host an exciting event that will benefit the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund. "Next to Normal" is a hit Broadway musical that puts a woman's struggle with bipolar disorder center stage. The writers earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Score, and the musical stars Tony-Award-winning actress Alice Ripley. The evening will consist of a reception at the Palmer House hotel, the musical at Bank of America Theater, and a post-show talk-back with the musical's cast. For more detailed information and to purchase tickets, please click here.


Participate in depression research

Research is critically important to help advance our understanding of the causes of many diseases and their treatments, including depression and bipolar disorder. Depression studies rely on the participation of volunteers – learn more about how you can get involved in research conducted by U-M.


Langenecker receives NIMH award

Scott Langenecker, Ph.D., was recently recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a recipient of a 2010 Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) for his work studying young adults in remission from a major depressive episode.




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