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Addressing Mental Illness in the Workplace with the Ross School of Business

Tue, 17 May 2016 - The newsroom is a stressful workplace that requires long hours, night shifts and being ‘tuned in’ to world events 24/7. Research has suggested that anywhere from four to 28 percent of journalists have suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) over the course of their careers, and a 2001 study showed 85 percent of journalists have […] - read more

Celebrating a dynamic duo in the Department of Psychiatry’s ECT unit during Nurses Week 2016

Tue, 10 May 2016 - Jan McWethy and Brad Packard have worked as a team on the unit since 1999 Brad Packard and Jan McWethy have been on the nursing staff with the U-M Department of Psychiatry’s ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) program since 1999. Patients getting ECT receive anesthesia and muscle relaxation before their treatments, so they’re asleep the whole time. […] - read more

The Battle Against Depression: Let’s Talk About It

Fri, 06 May 2016 - Lee Woodruff, Co-Founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation shares a message about veteran mental health here Veterans to be honored during event over Memorial Day weekend Depression is common – really common. Recent studies estimate that 1 in 5 American adults, approximately 43.8 million individuals, experience some kind of mental illness every year, and nearly […] - read more

Dr. Monica Starkman, professor emeritus publishes novel based on career in psychiatry

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 - Dr. Monica Starkman is a proud alum of U-M Medical School, class of 1963. For many decades Dr. Starkman pursued her primary passions, with a long and fulfilling career of NIH-funded research; clinical activities as the founding director of the Psychiatry Program in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and teaching. She is now an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, active […] - read more

Who gets hooked on drugs & who stays clean? Study in rats finds genetic markers that influence addiction

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 - Differences in vulnerability to cocaine addiction and relapse linked to both inherited traits and epigenetics, U-M researchers find ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Why does one person who tries cocaine get addicted, while another might use it and then leave it alone? Why do some people who kick a drug habit manage to stay clean, while […] - read more

UMHS community mourns death of Kenneth Silk, M.D.

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 - April 18, 2016 Dear Colleagues, It is with a very heavy heart that I convey the following information to you. Many of you are aware that Ken Silk, beloved colleague, mentor and friend to so many in the department and health system, was struggling with a blood malignancy, underwent bone marrow transplantation and was continuing […] - read more

Taking the fight against risky pain pill use to the ER: Study shows promise

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 - Long-lasting effect of motivational interviews in reducing risky opioid use ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As America battles an epidemic of deaths from misused pain pills, a new study suggests an inexpensive way to cut risky use of these drugs by people who have a high chance of overdosing. And it could happen exactly where many […] - read more

Fashion design meets U-M research in wearable human stem cell images

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 - Dominic Pangborn designs scarves and ties that draw attention to Prechter bipolar disorder research teams’ advances ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Dominic Pangborn’s artwork is always changing. He’s fearless in his approach, which is never the same twice. Over his decades-long career, the designer has received many awards and recognitions, and his signature ties are ubiquitous […] - read more

Could a brain “growth chart” spot attention problems early? New study suggests so

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 - Brain imaging to measure development of a child’s brain networks may help predict who’s at risk ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Want to know if your child’s height and weight are on track? Check the growth chart that the doctor gives you after each yearly checkup. Want to know if your child’s brain is on track […] - read more

For Veterans With PTSD, Mindfulness Training Shows Promise

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 - Surprising findings suggest mind-body techniques are effective for managing PTSD, but more research is needed. Like an endlessly repeating video loop, horrible memories and thoughts can keep playing over and over in the minds of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They intrude at the quietest moments and don’t seem to have an off switch. […] - read more