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EVEN for Steven: Molly Schwartzberg donates bat mitzvah gifts to program in partnership with U-M Depression Center

Molly Schwartzberg of Armonk, New York, marked the occasion of her bat mitzvah this year by raising more than $36,000 to support the EVEN Program. Established by Molly’s family in partnership with the U-M Depression Center and Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, the EVEN Program seeks to eliminate the stigma associated with […] - read more

For women with bipolar disorder, sleep quality affects mood

Poor sleep is associated with negative mood in women with bipolar disorder, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and University of Michigan Medical School. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. The condition is marked by […] - read more

Michigan researchers aim to study obsessive compulsive disorder across the lifespan

Two University of Michigan doctors have launched a five-year study of adolescent and adult patients with Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to better understand the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of psychotherapy that teaches patients to dismiss their fears as “false alarms.”  To do this, they practice resisting compulsive behaviors until the fears […] - read more

Athletes Connected Team Honored as Finalist in U-M President’s Staff Innovation Awards

On June 4, the Athletes Connected program was recognized as a finalist for the University of Michigan’s President Staff Innovation Awards. The President’s Staff Innovation Award was created in 2013 to honor staff members who find creative solutions to improve efficiency, productivity, cost savings, health or culture at the university. Two awards – one for […] - read more

Winners of 26th Annual Albert J. Silverman Research Conference Awards Announced

On May 27, the U-M Department of Psychiatry wrapped up its 26th Annual Albert J. Silverman Conference. The conference featured a posters session, several talks on eHealth approaches for individuals with mental health and substance abuse concerns and it also included an awards ceremony celebrating young investigators. This was the conference’s 26th year held in […] - read more

A creative way to honor her brother, who loved opera

On June 16, 2015, I will be pretty tired after having worked five days of performances and events for a new adaptation of the well-known Verdi opera “La Traviata” in Ann Arbor. But that will be a joy, in contrast to where I was on June 16, 1989, after finding out that day my youngest […] - read more

Mind Over Matter 5k: Supporting the U-M Boledovich Schizophrenia Research Fund

On Saturday, May 2, 20 staff and faculty members from the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center ran the 10th annual Mind Over Matter (MOM) 5k in Royal Oak, MI. The mission of the MOM race is to “erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, provide hope, and raise funds for […] - read more

In rural areas, white women more prone to depression than African-American women

ANN ARBOR—”Location, location, location” is key in determining a home’s value, but the phrase is equally important regarding the mental health for women living in rural areas, according to a new University of Michigan study. Addie Weaver, a researcher at the U-M School of Social Work, and colleagues examined how the interaction of rural and […] - read more

Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests

Getting rejected hurts depressed people for longer, U-M/Stony Brook/UIC study finds – due to the lack of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Rejected by a person you like? Just “shake it off” and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it […] - read more

Stephen Strobbe wins Golden Apple Award

Given by Students Honoring Outstanding University Teaching, the Golden Apple Award honors undergraduate and graduate faculty members who continuously seek to engage students in the classroom. Students can nominate the teacher of their choice. Here are a few of the comments from the nursing students who nominated Strobbe: • “He truly inspires the students to […] - read more