September 18, 2012


Comprehensive eating disorders program launches

Eating disorders can contribute to a range of serious physical and psychological problems, including depression and anxiety. U-M’s new partial hospitalization eating disorders program provides individualized, compassionate, evidence-based care for patients 8-24 years of age, with family and peers playing an integral role in the recovery process. The program is co-directed by Daniel Gih, M.D. (pictured at left), and David Rosen, M.D., M.P.H., both Depression Center members. Renee R. Hoste, Ph.D. (pictured at right), a nationally recognized expert in family-based therapies for eating disorders, is the program’s director of clinical services and research. Learn more...

New intervention promotes mental health education in high school communities

Under the Helmet is an innovative Depression Center program that strives to change the culture of stigma surrounding mental health by building on the energy, motivation, connectedness, and sense of purpose that high school athletics generate among students and their mentors, families, and communities. Through an educational intervention targeted to student-athletes, athletic staff, and parents, Under the Helmet aims to elevate the importance of “mental fitness” among groups that are already skilled in cultivating physical fitness, providing constructive strategies and resources for students and their peers to prevent negative behaviors and mental health problems. Pictured are Depression Center Executive Director John Greden, M.D., Kevin Downey, president of MIRA (which is providing financial support for the program), and Eric Hipple, Depression Center outreach coordinator.

Vets with PTSD who also struggle with substance abuse have increased risk of death

New research from the U-M Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System shows veterans who are suffering from PTSD and also battling drug or alcohol problems face a higher risk of death. The new study is the first to examine the association between drug or alcohol use disorders and death in veterans with PTSD, and also includes data from the nation’s youngest veterans who have returned from conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Attention needs to be paid to veteran patients with PTSD, with an emphasis on identifying those who might also have a problem with drug or alcohol use,” says Kipling Bohnert, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry. Fredric C. Blow, Ph.D., a Depression Center member and a professor of psychiatry, is the study’s senior author. Read more...

“Growing through Grief” parenting workshops

Caregivers who are grieving often struggle to assist their children through the difficult life transition of loss. New educational workshops, part of the Frankel Psychotherapy Access Initiative, are designed for bereaved parents/caregivers who have experienced the death of a loved one and have a child under the age of 18 who is also grieving. Workshops are held at the Rachel Upjohn Building (schedule listed below in “Events”) and are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Learn more...

Free depression screenings offered on U-M’s North Campus (Ann Arbor)

U-M students, faculty, and staff may receive free, confidential depression screenings by trained mental health professionals on October 11 from 11:00am-3:00pm in the Duderstadt Center connector on North Campus. The service is offered by the Depression Center, in partnership with the College of Engineering and the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning; contact Trish Meyer for more information. The north campus event is part of National Depression Screening Day, founded by the organization Screening for Mental Health (SMH) to increase awareness of depression and its treatment; watch for listings of other screening events around the country on SMH’s website.

The potential long-term dangers of head injury in athletes

A CNN article about a recent study which found that professional football players are three times more likely to develop neurodegenerative disease quoted Depression Center member Jeffrey Kutcher, M.D., director of Michigan NeuroSport and associate professor of neurology. Kutcher was also quoted in a Chicago Tribune article (subscription required for access) about the growing industry around concussion-related safety products inspired by increased concerns over the long-term dangers of repeated traumatic head injuries.

Tool helps predict patient violence risk

A simple assessment checklist can help inexperienced psychiatrists predict the risk of violence among patients, according to new research led by psychiatrist Alan Teo, M.D., a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at U-M and a Depression Center member. While newer psychiatrists are less likely than their more experienced peers to accurately predict violence by their patients, this five-item tool, which any trained mental health professional can use, may help them improve their predictive ability, Teo’s work has found.  Read more...

Addiction Research Center to implement research training program in Ukraine

The University of Michigan Addiction Research Center (UMARC), in association with the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the Research Institute for Social and Forensic Psychiatry and Neurology in the Ukrainian Health Ministry, has received a 5-year NIH award to implement a research training program. The program will build the cadre of Ukrainian substance abuse researchers and clinician-scientists who identify, evaluate and treat substance use disorders (SUDs) in Ukraine.

Following on 10 years of work in Central and Eastern Europe by UMARC and Department of Psychiatry faculty, this new program will use a multi-tier training structure to improve and expand lifespan focused SUD research and establish developmentally-focused, community-based screening and treatment programs across Ukraine. Robert Zucker, Ph.D., UMARC director, professor of psychiatry and psychology, and a Depression Center member, leads the program, and Kirk Brower, M.D., professor of psychiatry, executive director of U-M Addiction Treatment Services, and a Depression Center member, serves as deputy director.

Kids are their cause

Eleven years ago, the Ouida family created the Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation in honor of a remarkable young man who lost his life in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. New Jersey Monthly recently profiled Herb Ouida, Todd’s father, who is also a member of the Depression Center’s Advisory Board. This October marks the 10th Annual Todd Ouida Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression at the Depression Center, which will be presented by Mary Fristad, Ph.D.

Behind mental health stigma in black communities

William Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine and a Depression Center Scientific Advisory Board member, spoke on NPR’s Talk of the Nation about the complexities that race and culture can add to the way individuals may personally experience depression and how they access mental health services.

Trauma and domestic violence can stress children

An article from WXYZ (Detroit) quoted Depression Center member Sandra Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., professor of psychology, psychiatry, and women’s studies, about one of her recent studies which demonstrated that young children who witness violence in the home are more likely to experience traumatic stress if they are also exposed to additional traumatic situations. 



September 21: Depression Center Colloquium
Achieving Wellness: Improving Medical Outcomes for Bipolar and other Mental Disorders through Recovery-Oriented Self-Management

September 22: NAMIWC “Paths to Recovery”
One-Day Conference on Mental Illness
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI

September 23: AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk (Ann Arbor)
Find other AFSP walks throughout the country this fall here. Walkers can win fabulous prizes based on how much they raise!

September 26: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

October 2: Bright Nights Community Forum
Stress: How It Affects Your Brain, and How to Manage It

October 3: Family Education Workshop

October 5: Depression Center Colloquium
CBT in Treatment of Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms

October 10: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

October 11: National Depression Screening Day

October 11: Growing through Grief workshop

October 13: Military Family Support Forum (CLINTON-MACOMB)

October 17: 10th Annual Todd Ouida Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression
Nonpharmacologic Adjunctive Interventions for Childhood Mood Disorders

October 20: Military Family Support Forum (ANN ARBOR)

October 23: Bright Nights Community Forum
Understanding Bipolar Disorder

October 24: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

November 3: Military Family Support Forum (CLINTON-MACOMB)

November 7: Family Education Workshop

November 8: Growing through Grief workshop

November 12: 6th Annual Prechter Lecture
Stem Cells and Ethics

November 14: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

November 16: Depression Center Colloquium
Stress sensitivity as a biological marker for depression

November 17: Military Family Support Forum (ANN ARBOR)

December 8: Military Family Support Forum (CLINTON-MACOMB

December 12: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

December 13: Growing through Grief workshop

December 15: Military Family Support Forum (ANN ARBOR)

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