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Join BMC for Mental Health Month in May

May is Mental Health Month. Interestingly, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month since 1949. For 65 years agencies and groups focused on preventing and reducing mental illness and reducing stigma through media, screening, education and local events. According to Mental Health America this year’s theme is #B4Stage4, that is Before Stage Four, focusing […]

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Emotional Correctness > Political Correctness

We recently stumbled across an amazing TED talk that seems to tie together many of the articles that we put out recently.  Sally Kohn is quite the human being – she is a lesbian, a liberal activist, and of all things, a political pundit on FOX news.  She eloquently discusses one thing that she says […]

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Violent Crime: It’s Not Just About Guns

How is it possible that the shooting in Newtown, CT occurred one full year ago and the same day we learned of another school shooting? We all sat frozen…with dread and disbelief that this could possibly be happening again. What about the 364 days that have passed between the Sandy Hook tragedy and shooting at […]

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Stepparenting Advice: BMC on Parents.com

The parenting experts at Parents.com recently got in contact with Birmingham Maple Clinic for some tips  to put into several articles they are doing about stepparenting. The first article, titled “The Do’s and Don’ts of Stepparent Discipline“, talks about how a stepparent should and should not go about gaining a child’s respect, agreement, and love.  […]

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Acupuncture and Holistic Therapy: Julie Silver at the BMC

On October 23, 2013 Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Julie Silver, MSW, Dipl. Ac., founder and owner of Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI, to facilitate an overview and seminar about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for the clinical staff at BMC. Ms. Silver discussed the history and principles of Traditional Chinese […]

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Special Guest: Dr. Phil O’Dwyer – DSM 5: Changes & Challenges

Last Friday, Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Dr. Phil O’Dwyer, Clinical Director of the Center for Counseling at Garden City Hospital and Adjunct Professor of Counseling at Oakland University.  Dr O’Dwyer spoke to clinic therapists about the DSM 5 and its changes and challenges. DSM 5 is the abbreviation for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental […]

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“Failure To Launch” Isn’t Just A Movie Title

Most of us can identify several developmental milestones that embody adulthood.  They include:     Graduating college     Living independently from parents     Financial independence     Significant relationship with an adult partner     Making decisions about having a family Typically this occurs in a person’s mid-to-late 20’s, but in the last several years, we have seen […]

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ADHD medicine affects the brain’s reward system

ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2012) — A group of scientists from the University of Copenhagen has created a model that shows how some types of ADHD medicine influence the brain’s reward system. The model makes it possible to understand the effect of the medicine and perhaps in the longer term to improve the development of medicine […]

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Quality of Life After Cancer May Depend on Tumor Type

Certain types leave survivors with worse mental and physical well-being, study finds TUESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) — Cancer survivors’ quality of life can vary widely depending on the type of cancer, and millions of U.S. cancer survivors have a lower-than-normal quality of life, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 1,800 adult […]

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Stressed? Exercise may help ward off anxiety

Getty Images file Exercise may help us cope with everyday stressors — even after we leave the gym, a new study finds. By MyHealthNewsDaily staff Exercise not only improves mood, it may help people maintain reduced anxiety in the face of stressful or emotional events, a new study says. While many studies have shown a link between […]

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Children, teens at risk for lasting emotional impact from Hurricane Sandy

ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2012) — After Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters have receded and homes demolished by the storm repaired, the unseen aftershocks of the storm may linger for many children who were in the storm’s path, particularly those whose families suffered significant losses. “The lasting emotional impact of a storm like this can be more […]

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PTSD linked to smaller brain area regulating fear response

ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2012) — Recent combat veterans who are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder have significantly smaller volume in an area of the brain critical for regulating fear and anxiety responses, according to research led by scientists at Duke University and the Durham VA Medical Center. The finding, published Nov. 5, 2012, in […]

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Stressed? Exercise may help ward off anxiety

Getty Images file Exercise may help us cope with everyday stressors — even after we leave the gym, a new study finds. By MyHealthNewsDaily staff Exercise not only improves mood, it may help people maintain reduced anxiety in the face of stressful or emotional events, a new study says. While many studies have shown a link between […]

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Quality of Life After Cancer May Depend on Tumor Type

Certain types leave survivors with worse mental and physical well-being, study finds TUESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) — Cancer survivors’ quality of life can vary widely depending on the type of cancer, and millions of U.S. cancer survivors have a lower-than-normal quality of life, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 1,800 adult […]

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New Eye Movement Tests Can Diagnose Schizophrenia

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: SchizophreniaAlso Included In: Mental Health;  Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 29 Oct 2012 – 13:00 PDT Current ratings for:New Eye Movement Tests Can Diagnose Schizophrenia Patient / Public: 4.14 (7 votes) Healthcare Prof: 5 (1 votes) Researchers have developed a series of new eye tests in order to differentiate between individuals with schizophrenia and […]

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Stressed? Exercise may help ward off anxiety

Getty Images file Exercise may help us cope with everyday stressors — even after we leave the gym, a new study finds. By MyHealthNewsDaily staff Exercise not only improves mood, it may help people maintain reduced anxiety in the face of stressful or emotional events, a new study says. While many studies have shown a link between […]

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Right Amount of Exercise Can Boost Mental Health

But too much time spent working out can have psychological downside, experts warn FRIDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) — People who exercise 2.5 to 7.5 hours a week have better mental health, but more than that is associated with poorer mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers compared mental health to exercise by analyzing self-reported […]

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Stressed? Exercise may help ward off anxiety

Getty Images file Exercise may help us cope with everyday stressors — even after we leave the gym, a new study finds. By MyHealthNewsDaily staff Exercise not only improves mood, it may help people maintain reduced anxiety in the face of stressful or emotional events, a new study says. While many studies have shown a link between […]

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Magnetic brain stimulation treats depression independent of sleep effect

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — While powerful magnetic stimulation of the frontal lobe of the brain can alleviate symptoms of depression, those receiving the treatment did not report effects on sleep or arousal commonly seen with antidepressant medications, researchers say. “People’s sleep gets better as their depression improves, but the treatment doesn’t itself cause sedation […]

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6 Ways Renovating Renovates ADHD

He’s all mine, ladies! (For now, at least)Photo: ©Zoë Kessler, Oct. 2012 When I moved into my new house, I dreaded the idea of being surrounded by boxes, unable to unpack for who-knows-how-long while renovations were being done. How would I cope? Instead of freaking out, I’ve been calm, happy, and productive. My friends and […]

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Are schizophrenia and autism close relations?

ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2012) — Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a category that includes autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, are characterized by difficulty with social interaction and communication, or repetitive behaviors. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Management says that one in 88 children in the US is somewhere on the Autism spectrum […]

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Stressed? Exercise may help ward off anxiety

Getty Images file Exercise may help us cope with everyday stressors — even after we leave the gym, a new study finds. By MyHealthNewsDaily staff Exercise not only improves mood, it may help people maintain reduced anxiety in the face of stressful or emotional events, a new study says. While many studies have shown a link between […]

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Creativity Closely Linked To Mental Illness

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 17 Oct 2012 – 3:00 PDT Current ratings for:Creativity Closely Linked To Mental Illness Patient / Public: 4.71 (7 votes) Healthcare Prof: 4.75 (4 votes) Article opinions:  1 posts Individuals who work in creative fields are diagnosed and treated with a mental illness more […]

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Mother’s touch could change effects of prenatal stress

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, and Kings College, London, have found that mothers who stroke their baby’s body in the first few weeks after birth may change the effects that stress during pregnancy can have on an infant’s early-life development. Researchers world-wide have been studying whether stress in […]

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ADHD Awareness Week: Take the Survey Question!

ADHD? Whatever. I was wondering: if it’s ADHD Awareness Week, just who exactly is it that we’re hoping will be aware – or more aware – of ADHD? I’ll throw that question over to you. Of those listed below, who is it that you think it’s most important to raise their awareness about ADHD?  1. […]

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Stressed? Exercise may help ward off anxiety

Getty Images file Exercise may help us cope with everyday stressors — even after we leave the gym, a new study finds. By MyHealthNewsDaily staff Exercise not only improves mood, it may help people maintain reduced anxiety in the face of stressful or emotional events, a new study says. While many studies have shown a link between […]

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People with Implantable Defibrillators May Need More Mental Health Support

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) — Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common among people with implanted heart defibrillators, but improved patient education and ongoing psychological support can help them cope. That’s the message in a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) restores normal heart rhythm and […]

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Stressed? Exercise may help ward off anxiety

Getty Images file Exercise may help us cope with everyday stressors — even after we leave the gym, a new study finds. By MyHealthNewsDaily staff Exercise not only improves mood, it may help people maintain reduced anxiety in the face of stressful or emotional events, a new study says. While many studies have shown a link between […]

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Stressed? Exercise may help ward off anxiety

Getty Images file Exercise may help us cope with everyday stressors — even after we leave the gym, a new study finds. By MyHealthNewsDaily staff Exercise not only improves mood, it may help people maintain reduced anxiety in the face of stressful or emotional events, a new study says. While many studies have shown a link between […]

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ADHD Voices from Around the World

It’s World Mental Health Day! A perfect opportunity to highlight the fact that approximately 5% of adults globally have ADHD. I’d like to offer a rare opportunity to hear from some of these adults, as they share their (abridged) stories below. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed with such great enthusiasm, honesty and courage. […]

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Health Tip: Considering Counseling?

Therapy may help you deal with depression, loss or anger (*this news item will not be available after 01/01/2013) By Diana Kohnle Wednesday, October 3, 2012 (HealthDay News) — Psychological counseling can help people cope with myriad difficult physical or emotional issues. The American Academy of Family Physicians says psychological therapy may benefit people dealing […]

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The Anatomy of Porn

Ask yourself what makes pornography pornographic.  The usual answer is that it is intended to sexually arouse  people.  This is true but it is circular.  The question is: what elements are essential to pornographic material? Given the unprecedented proliferation of porn catering to every possible individual preference it is difficult to describe the essence of […]

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Trauma switch identified: Mechanism protects our brains from turning stress and trauma into post-traumatic stress disorder

ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2012) — Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School have for the first time identified the mechanism that protects us from developing uncontrollable fear. Our brains have the extraordinary capacity to adapt to changing environments — experts call this ‘plasticity’. Plasticity protects us from developing mental disorders as the result of […]

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Generic antidepressant pulled off the market

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Teva Pharmaceuticals is pulling its generic version of a popular antidepressant off the market after a federal analysis showed the pill does not work properly.  The Food and Drug Administration called on Teva to withdraw Budeprion XL 300 after chemical testing showed the drug releases its key ingredient faster than the […]

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