U-M expands depression support program for primary care patients

With more and more people turning to their family doctors for help with depression and other mental health issues, the U-M Health System is expanding an innovative depression support program to patients at all 12 of its primary care sites. The Michigan Depression Outreach and Collaborative Care Program, or M-DOCC, complements care provided by the patient’s primary care physician. Between office visits, patients participate in regular follow-up calls with an experienced mental health social worker, who helps monitor how well the patient is responding to treatment, and provides feedback to the patient’s doctor on his or her progress. Read more

Innovative military mental health program launches website

Developed to meet the needs and challenges of our service members, veterans, and their families, M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks) is a comprehensive, collaborative initiative dedicated to military mental health. M-SPAN incorporates innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma, and the design and delivery of programs for military families. M-SPAN will host an inaugural Michigan Summit on Military Families on Nov. 19 in Ann Arbor.

Your help is crucial in the search for answers!

In the latest “The Director Discusses” online column, John Greden, M.D., reveals how participants in research are true difference-makers in improving the lives of people with depression, bipolar disorder, and related conditions.

Join the Depression Center BHBH Team!

Consider supporting the Depression Center and its mission through the Big House Big Heart Run, an exciting event on October 9 that starts and ends at the U-M football stadium! There are three ways to give your support on behalf of the Depression Center:

1) Register here to walk or run the 10K or 5K as part of the Depression Center team. Choose “University of Michigan Depression Center” as your BHBH Charity Team.

2) Make a tax-deductible donation in memory of a friend or loved one, or in honor of someone who is participating, by clicking on this link: http://umgiving.org/?to=bighouse . Proceeds will support Dr. Rich Dopp’s adolescent depression/exercise study.

3) Registered runners and walkers can also ask family, friends, and coworkers to make an online gift in honor of their participation. Simply direct them to:  http://umgiving.org/?to=bighouse , and ask them to follow the prompt that says “My gift is in honor/memory of someone.”



Greden named Health Care Hero, Prechter receives honorable mention

Depression Center Executive Director John Greden, M.D., was named a winner in the 10th annual Crain’s Detroit Business “Health Care Hero” Awards in the category of Advancements in Health Care. Wally Prechter, president and founder of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at the Depression Center, received honorable mention in the Trustee category.



The Prechter family’s fight against bipolar disorder

The Detroit News ran a feature story on the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund’s portfolio of research activities aimed at conquering the disorder, a  wide scope of projects that includes genetics, adult stem cell lines, and one of the nation's first longitudinal studies. The article also profiles the Prechter family and their incredible commitment to the cause of defeating bipolar illness.

Induced pluripotent stem cells



You can read more about U-M’s new research initiatives using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to study the causes and progression of bipolar disorder. iPSCs are adult cells that have been “reprogrammed” with the ability to develop into cells found in other areas of the body, including the brain. The iPSC stem cell lines being used to research bipolar disorder were generated from skin samples contributed by volunteers in the Prechter Longitudinal Bipolar Study. 

Ten years later, understanding 9/11’s psychological impact

WXYZ-TV interviewed Depression Center member Sandra Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., professor of psychology and psychiatry, about coping with still-painful memories of the September 11 attacks, and how to explain the events to children who may be too young to remember them.

And recently published research finds that people who were not directly exposed to the events of 9/11 were nevertheless capable of experiencing distress levels that affected the way they processed information, exhibiting brainwave responses similar to those observed in people with PTSD. Ivy Tso, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology, and Patricia Deldin, Ph.D, professor of psychology and psychiatry, served as lead and senior authors on the study, which was published in the Journal of Traumatic Events and featured in Medical News Today, ScienceDaily, and UPI.com.

Your brain on sleep

J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and a Depression Center member, is quoted in an MSN article on the damaging effects of sleep deprivation on mood and functioning. Recent research shows that missing out on just a couple of hours in bed each night for a week or two can lower one’s spirits. “Sleep deprivation has significant impacts on mood in healthy individuals,” Arnedt said. “People get more depressed; they may get more anxious.”

Athletes, brain injury, depression, and suicide

Depression Center Outreach Specialist Eric Hipple is quoted in a Yahoo! Sports article about the need to devote greater attention to mental health issues among professional athletes. Hipple is also quoted in an FOX Sports/MSN article about depression and the effects of head trauma among former NFL players.

Brain scans reveal signs of recurring depression

Scott Langenecker, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and a Depression Center member, is quoted in a MyHealthNewsDaily article about a new study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to demonstrate that the brains of people who relapse into depression differ from those of people who maintain recovery.

Surgery to relieve Parkinson’s symptoms

Parig Patil, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery and a Depression Center member, was interviewed by the Seattle Times about the potential for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to provide dramatic improvements in quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease.  DBS is also currently being evaluated as a potential treatment for depression

Coping after being witness to tragedy

Following the death of a performer at the Selfridge Air Show in SE Michigan, Israel Liberzon, M.D., a professor of neurosciences, psychiatry, and psychology as well as a Depression Center member, was interviewed by the Detroit Free Press about the potential emotional aftermath of witnessing tragic events.

“It’s Your Community” radio show focuses on bipolar disorder

96.3 WDVD interviewed Wally Prechter, founder of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, and Melvin McInnis, M.D., the principal investigator for the Fund, about bipolar disorder, the Fund’s history, and Hiller’s Supermarkets Good Deeds in the Making program (all proceeds from Hiller’s sales of slices of “OMG Peach Crostata” throughout the month of September will benefit the Prechter Fund). Listen to the show here.

The Prechter Fund has also just issued its 2011 print newsletter, which you may view here.

Unlocking the mysteries of Alzheimer’s

Bruno Giordani, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry, psychology, and neurology, and a Depression Center member, was quoted in the Miami Herald about efforts to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier, and strategies for individuals to delay the onset of the disease.

How our brains understand reward

Recent research by Depression Center member Huda Akil, Ph.D., co-director of the U-M Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and professor of psychiatry, and colleagues was mentioned in an article in The Scientist. Their study examined how dopamine is involved in helping the brain form associations between signals and the rewards that follow.”

More subspecialist pediatricians entering private practice

Research by Depression Center member Gary Freed, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the division of general pediatrics and director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at U-M’s C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, finds greater numbers of pediatric subspecialists going into private practice, a trend that may have far-reaching effects across pediatrics.  The story appeared in CNBC, MLive, and elsewhere.



September 18: “Out of the Darkness” Suicide Prevention Walk
Gallup Park, Ann Arbor
Organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and co-sponsored by the Depression Center. Participate in this walk to honor the memory of lost loved ones, to raise awareness, or to support the causes of mental health education and advocacy.

September 20: BrightNights
“Sleep and Depression: Connections from Adolescence through Adulthood”

September 21: Suicide Prevention forum
Farmington Hills (Mich.) City Hall, 6:45 p.m.
Featuring Eric Hipple, former Detroit Lion and U-M Depression Center outreach coordinator, and Jeff Edwards, chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

September 23: Depression Center Colloquium
"Trauma, Attachment, and Childhood PTSD"

September 24: Walk of the Minds (NAMI Michigan)
Oakland Community College (OCC), Farmington Hills, MI
Join people from around Michigan to celebrate recovery and fight the stigma related to mental illness by participating in or donating to Michigan's NAMIWalk, part of NAMI's Campaign for the Mind of America.

October 3: 5th Annual Prechter Lecture
"Doing the Impossible Task of Practicing Evidence Based Psychiatry: Treating Bipolar Depression as an Example.”

October 5: Ninth Annual Todd Ouida Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression
"Assistance for Treatment Resistance in Adolescent Depression: Lessons from the TORDIA study."

October 5: BrightNights
Understanding Bipolar Disorder”
12 - 1:30pm, Oakland Community College
Presenter:  Melvin McInnis, M.D., Principal Investigator of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund

October 8: Military Family Support Forum
Communication and strengthening all relationships

October 9: Big House Big Heart Run
Ann Arbor, MI
Walk or run as part of the Depression Center Team!

October 13: Depression Center Colloquium
“The Long Run: Collaborative Longitudinal Research in Mood Disorders”

November 5: Military Family Support Forum
Stress management

November 9: 16th Annual Raymond Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values in Medicine
"On Becoming a Physician: Stresses and Strengths of Physicians-in-Training."

November 18: Michigan Summit on Military Families

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