September 18, 2012
IN THE NEWS
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
September 22: NAMIWC “Paths to Recovery”
September 23: AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk (Ann Arbor)
October 2: Bright Nights Community Forum
October 3: Family Education Workshop
October 5: Depression Center Colloquium
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
October 23: Bright Nights Community Forum
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
November 14: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
November 16: Depression Center Colloquium
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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