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UMHS opens expanded ECT facility to help more people with severe depression and more

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 - A new mental health treatment unit in University Hospital South will expand the availability of a highly-effective therapy for people with severe forms of depression and other illnesses. On July 11, the Department of Psychiatry will open its new location for electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT — an approach that can help patients who haven’t benefited […]

Marijuana use dampens brain’s response to reward over time, U-M study finds

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 - Changes may increase risk of continued drug use and addiction ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Most people would get a little ‘rush’ out of the idea that they’re about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you’d see lots of activity in the part of the […]

Mary Blazek, MD, MEH and collaborators receive the Scholarly Publications Award from ADMSEP

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 - Mary Blazek, MD, MEHP, clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and director of the U-M Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic, received the Scholarly Publications Award at the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) annual meeting on June 17.  The paper titled, “Geriatric Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Clerkship: a Survey of Current Education Practices,” […]

Training the Brains That Explore the Brain

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 - A panel of neuroscientists says action is needed to drive research on brain-based disease and behavior while helping young neuroscientists prepare for careers in academia, industry and beyond. Call them the Brain Generation — the tens of thousands of college and graduate students working toward degrees in neuroscience, and the high school students who want […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]