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Mental Health Concerns for Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.

On Thursday, Lori Edelson, LMSW, LMFT, taught a single-session course for SOAR (Society of Active Retirees) about “Mental Health Concerns for  Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.” Lori cited US Census Bureau information indicating that in 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65.  One in every five US residents will be a senior … Read more

#Thinspiration: The Dangers of Pro-Eating Disorder Web Content

Statisticbrain.com sites the most popular New Years Resolution for 2014 as “Weight Loss.” Year in and year out there is no resolution more popular than losing weight. Nearly every news program, health magazine, and internet blog has tips listed for how to lose weight or reach fitness goals this year. Comedians even mock the “January … Read more

Parenting Advice for the Future: Train, Don’t Just Treat

When people learn my profession as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specifically my work with teens and their families, I often get the question “So what’s up with kids these days?” The answer I have cultivated over the years goes a little something like this “I think it’s a combination of a sense of … Read more

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.  … Read more

Brainspotting Offers an Alternative Treatment Approach

On Friday, December 6, 2013, Calder Kaufman, PsyD, LLP, clinical therapist on staff at Birmingham Maple Clinic, presented a fascinating workshop for his colleagues about Brainspotting. This treatment method, originated by David Grand, PhD, aims to treat trauma and anxiety in a powerful, direct way, often reducing the time it takes to heal in traditional … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Expectations and Facebook Envy: Why Generation Y is Unhappy

“Follow Your Passion.” It’s either a mantra of success you’ve heard all of your life, or is a line that you’ve ingrained in your children and grandchildren for all of theirs. Unfortunately, if you have told this to your children all their lives, you may have set them up for unhappiness due to forming unrealistic … Read more

“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 … Read more

Weight-Loss: Meds Don’t Cause Weight Problems – You DO!…

Day 12 – Monday, Nov. 12 Call BS on something. What’s something that is just ridiculous? #NHBPM Chato Stewart: That is one big pile BULL $ #!%! Caption: Bipolar Meds Don’t Make You FAT!  BS! The We Go Health blog Party’s suggestion for today is to call BS (Bull $ #!%) on something health related.  My first … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 14:00 PDT Current ratings for:Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues Teens often hurt themselves simply because they have heard from others that it will make them feel good, they have seen it on television or in … Read more

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 … Read more

Self-harm not always a sign of serious mental health problems, Swedish research suggests

ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2012) — Self-harm is common among young people. Many have at one time scratched, punctured or cut themselves or hit their head forcefully against a wall, and the behaviour is almost as common among boys as girls. However, it may not be appropriate to compare young people who self-harm and adult psychiatric … Read more

Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 14:00 PDT Current ratings for:Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues Teens often hurt themselves simply because they have heard from others that it will make them feel good, they have seen it on television or in … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study. In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found … Read more

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 … Read more

7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study. In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found … Read more

Cyberbullying only rarely the sole factor identified in teen suicides

ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2012) — Cyberbullying — the use of the Internet, phones or other technologies to repeatedly harass or mistreat peers — is often linked with teen suicide in media reports. However, new research presented on Oct. 20, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, shows that … Read more

7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study. In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found … Read more

7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study. In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more