NEWS AND FEATURES
On Wednesday, July 27, the Depression Center will host a special presentation: “Men & Depression: From Professional to Patient and Back.” Mark Meier is traveling across the country by bicycle this summer to promote dialogue and awareness about depression in men. He will speak from the perspective of a clinical social worker and adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, as well as someone who lived with untreated depression for 14 years. He credits his then-infant daughter with thwarting his attempt to take his own life 10 years ago, an event that prompted him to seek treatment and, now, to bring his message of hope and awareness about depression across the country to men and their families. Meier is currently in Colorado and making his way east.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please click here.
Depression Center Executive Director John Greden, M.D., reflects on the wise words of a self-described “country doctor.”
Our Depression Toolkit provides information and resources for people caught between caring for their own children as well as their aging parents, a burden that can increase the risk of stress, anxiety and depression.
The Detroit Free Press Health Section recently featured a number of articles on postpartum depression (and depression in new dads). Several U-M depression resources are highlighted, including the MOM Power Program, and the Women and Infants Mental Health Clinic.
U-M researchers have developed a tool to help primary care physicians assess depression symptoms in a way that considers an individual's own sense of recovery. The measure, called REMIT, may provide a more complete picture of remission from depression when used with other standard tools, like the PHQ-9. The tool (developed by Depression Center members Donald Nease, M.D., former associate professor of family medicine, and Michael Klinkman, M.D., M.S., professor of family medicine and associate professor of psychiatry, and colleagues) was featured in Science Daily, American Medical News, Medscape, and elsewhere.
African-American men who experienced discrimination in their everyday lives were more likely to have depressive symptoms, while a sense of “mastery,” or feeling more in control of one’s environment, helped protect against depressive symptoms in these men, likely by boosting the ability to cope with life stressors. These results came from a study led by Depression Center member Daphne Watkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work and research associate at the Research Center for Group Dynamics, which was featured in Medical News Today and BET.com.
New U-M research confirms that giving to others can elevate self-esteem in a lasting way. A study conducted by Jennifer Crocker, Ph.D., while a professor of psychology at U-M and a member of the Depression Center, found that building mutually caring relationships with others can produce sustained improvement in feelings of self-worth, while acting to enhance one’s image without true concern for the welfare of others provided no such boost.
Opioid abuse common among former NFL players
Nearly 3 in 4 professional football players who used opioids for pain relief during their playing days ended up misusing or abusing the painkillers, according to an article in Anesthesiology News describing the first study to examine opioid abuse among NFL players. In the article, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., associate director of the Depression Center, George A. Dean Chair of Family Medicine, and professor of family medicine and medical education, comments, “The concussion issue is the tip of the iceberg....And that has to do with the broader view of the retired football player’s health—the loss of fitness and physical vitality and the depression that goes with that.” Read the full article here (registration required, but free of charge).
Former Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., joined former NFL players and family members, including Depression Center Outreach Coordinator Eric Hipple, for a town hall-style meeting in Dearborn to help communities develop strategies for preventing and reducing the risk of dementia and stigma related to mental disorders. The NFL Community Huddle continues its tour later this summer in Chicago and Green Bay.
July 27, 10:30-12pm: Men & Depression: From Professional to Patient and Back
August 13, 3-9pm: Bowling fundraiser for bipolar disorder genetics research
September 18: “Out of the Darkness” Suicide Prevention Walk
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