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Pregnancy and PTSD: Surprising findings could help moms-to-be at risk

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 - Symptoms ease during pregnancy for many — but some face high risk of issues that can affect them and their baby ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For most women, expecting a baby brings intense joy –and a fair amount of worry. But what about women who have lived through something awful enough to cause post-traumatic stress […] - read more

6 Tips for Talking Supportively About Miscarriage

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 - Written by Monica Starkman, M.D., U-M psychiatry professor emeritus  Now that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have a healthy baby girl, it may be tempting to dismiss the tragedy of their prior miscarriages. Yet nothing about any couple’s miscarriage is easily dismissed, as Zuckerberg expressed himself – on Facebook, of course: “Most people don’t discuss […] - read more

Podcast: What Causes Stuttering

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 - Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, discusses what brain research tells us or suggests regarding the structure and function of the brains of people who stutter, deficits in white matter tracts, how stuttering may relate to lysosomal dysfunction, persistency and recovery, how the right and left hemispheres interact and much more. Click here for more - read more

The dose makes the poison: Opioid overdose study supports call for caution in prescription levels

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 - Careful study in veterans looks at accidental death by prescription painkillers ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a new study in veterans. And the threshold for safe prescribing […] - read more

Coming soon to your checkup: A check for depression

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 - U-M Depression Center Executive Director Supports New Recommendation for Screening in the General Adult Population Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) put out a recommendation suggesting expanded screenings for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. It stated that “screenings should be implemented with adequate systems in place to […] - read more

Childhood trauma associated with worse impulse control in adulthood, U-M study finds

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 - ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The scars of childhood abuse and neglect affect adults’ brains for decades to come – including their ability to process and act on information both quickly and accurately, new research suggests. The lasting scars of childhood abuse include cognitive effects That kind of quick “go or don’t go” thinking is crucial […] - read more

Interpersonal Relationships and Social Support Focus at 14th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 - ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Leaders and innovators in college student mental health will once again descend upon Ann Arbor in March as the U-M Depression Center kicks off its 14th annual Depression on College Campuses Conference (DoCC) focused on interpersonal relationships and student mental health. The conference will be held on March 9 and 10 at the Rackham […] - read more

Department of Psychiatry Faculty Inducted to the U-M 2015 League of Educational Excellence

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 - Earlier this month four members of the Department of Psychiatry Faculty were inducted into the U-M League of Educational Excellence. The League of Educational Excellence was established in 2013. Selection into the U-M League of Educational Excellence recognizes teaching faculty for their extraordinary contributions and commitment towards preparing the next generation of Michigan physicians and […] - read more

One in four new doctors may be depressed – and their patients may suffer because of it

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 - ANN ARBOR, Mich. — More than one in four doctors in the early stages of their careers has signs of depression, a comprehensive new study finds. And the grueling years of training for a medical career may deserve some of the blame. That’s bad news not just for the young doctors themselves, but also for […] - read more

U-M part of team awarded $2.5 million to improve interactions between parents, teachers and toddlers

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 - ANN ARBOR – Researchers from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University will receive $2.5 million over five years in a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. They have designed a professional development program for teachers […] - read more