December 10, 2013


Help clinicians help you

How can you prepare for your first appointment with a mental health professional? Or, if you’ve been seeing a therapist or psychiatrist for years, how can you make your sessions more productive? Depression Center Executive Director John Greden, M.D., talks about “preparing for sharing” in the Fall issue of esperanza Magazine – "hope" to cope with anxiety and depression. Read more...

Talking about it

Discussing a mental health concern can be difficult. How do you bring it up? Who do you bring it up with? What do you even say? Learn more about ways to approach these discussions on our Depression Toolkit. Read more...

Personal perspectives on ADHD

In recognition of National ADHD Awareness Month (October), Tom Fluent, M.D., medical director for Ambulatory Psychiatry at U-M, presented Shifting Faces of ADHD: A humbling journey from psychiatrist, to dad, and back again. View the video from Dr. Fluent’s presentation here.

Brain imaging reveals dynamic changes caused by pain medicines

A first-of-its-kind U-M study has demonstrated how pain medication results in changes in the brain by using advanced imaging technology to track the actions of a pain medication prescribed to patients suffering from fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder thought to result from a disturbance in the way the central nervous system processes pain. In addition to chronic pain, patients may also suffer from related mood disturbances, such as anxiety and depression. Read more...

How our brains protect us from social “pain”

Depression Center member David Hsu spoke with WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Academic Minute about how the brain deals with the pain of social rejection. Listen to the interview or read a transcript here.

Get social with the National Network of Depression Centers!

Did you know we are one of 20 leading clinical and academic centers of excellence that make up the National Network of Depression Centers? The NNDC is a national non-profit working to transform the field of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders. Visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn today!



Submit nominations for outstanding student mental health advocates!

The U-M Depression Center’s Student Mental Health Advocate Award recognizes outstanding student leadership in the area of campus mental health. You may nominate a college student (undergraduate or graduate) to receive this award, which will be presented at the 2014 Depression on College Campuses Conference, March 12-13.  Read about last year's award recipients here.



Ongoing: NAMI Washtenaw County offers support groups for people of all ages with mental illness and their loved ones. These free groups are held regularly each month in Ann Arbor; visit their website for details.

December 11: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

January 8: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

January 22: Department of Psychiatry's Autism Spectrum Disorders Program Parent Education Seminar – Solutions for Common Feeding Issues in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

January 22: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

January 28: Bright Nights Community Forum
Health Care Reform and Mental Health Parity: What Does It Mean For You?

January 30-February 2: Next to Normal, presented by the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre: a Tony award-winning musical about family coping with mental illness, loss, grief, and family relations. A special post-show discussion on Sunday, Feb. 2 (free and open to anyone) will feature staff members from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund and volunteers from NAMI Washtenaw County, along with the play's director and cast. This special session will focus on bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses, how they affect families, different treatment options, and where research is headed in this field.

February 5: Family Education Workshop

February 12: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

February 26: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups



January 31: Depression Center Colloquium
The Role of Fibroblast Growth Factor System in Depression

February 28: Depression Center Colloquium
Tracking Developmental Changes in Childhood Psychiatric Disorders

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