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Lawnmower Parenting: Clearing a Path for Kids Can Lead to a Bumpy Ride

We’re all familiar with the term Helicopter Parent–those parents that hover over their children constantly fussing and worrying. 
”Lawnmower parents” are the newest and most aggressive breed of helicopter parent. The term refers to those who “clear a path” for their kid, smoothing over any rough patches before their kids even encounter them. These are … Read more

Teen Sexting: Information for Parents

On Friday October 17, 2014, Dan O’Neil, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, spoke with WJR’s Paul W. Smith on the topic of sexting. This interview addressed growing parent concern following the recent legal issues plaguing hundreds of teens in two metro-Detroit communities. Sexting, the act of sending sexually explicit messages, primarily between mobile phones, differs from … Read more

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Since its founding in 2006, National Bullying Prevention Month has worked to raise awareness of bullying and to change its perception from one of a childhood rite of passage to one that acknowledges its potentially harmful effects such as loss of self-worth and depression. Birmingham Maple Clinic’s highly trained therapists understand the issues victims of bullying … Read more

BMC Therapists Receive Training to Address “The Legacy of Trauma”

Dr. Kehinde Ayeni, Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, taught a 2-part course for therapists at Birmingham Maple Clinic this month about “The Legacy of Trauma.” The training included articles to read, lectures and case illustrations focused on the intergenerational transmission of traumatic themes and the importance of mourning “what is no longer” in order to resolve early … Read more

Donate to HAVEN to Help Survivors of Domestic Abuse

In light of the breaking news stories about domestic abuse in the NFL, Birmingham Maple Clinic staff has been collecting and donating food, clothing, baby, household and bath/toiletry items for HAVEN, a nationally recognized nonprofit shelter for victims of domestic abuse. As Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, … Read more

September 9 is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day

Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed. FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The first FASDay was celebrated on 9/9/1999. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders … Read more

Suicide Prevention: Because Silence Hurts Us All

September is recognized as Suicide Prevention Month. September 8-14, 2014 is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week and September 10, 2014 is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to ActiveMinds.org the theme this year is “Silence Hurts Us All.” Because of shame and stigma many people suffer with depression and other mental illness in silence. Mental illness … Read more

Parental Involvement May Shield Teens from Adolescent Turmoil

Research has long linked cyber bullying and problems like anxiety, depression and self-harm as well as alcohol and prescription drug abuse. In new research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, the researchers who surveyed nearly 19,000 students between the ages of 12 and 18 from schools in the Midwest also found teens eating dinner with … Read more

4 Things Parents Can Do to Help Their Kids Get Better Sleep

Recent studies reported by The Today Show have linked poor sleep behaviors in teenager years to depression, obesity, automobile accidents, and reduced grades and test scores. The American Academy of Pediatrics have supported a shift to later start times, such as 8:30 am, for middle school and high school students.  While some districts are making … Read more

Katy Perry Tickets & Good Parenting: Lessons to be Learned

North Dakota mother, Cindy Bjerke garnered oodles of online attention when she posted her daughter’s Katy Perry tickets for sale online as a consequence and called her 18-year-old daughter “a spoiled brat.”  While some commended her courage and consistency to follow through with a significant consequence others condemned her for publicly shaming her daughter and … Read more

Children of Same Sex Parents are Happier

A recent article in Washington Post reported “Children of same-sex couples fare better when it comes to physical health and social well-being than children in the general population.” The article summarized research from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Historically it has been believed children with same-sex parents have poorer outcomes because they’re missing a parent … Read more

Carrie Krawiec Talks About the “Culture of Shaming” on The Source

Carrie Krawiec, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic appeared on “The Source.” The Source is a special online news program brought to you by Fox 2 Detroit reporters Amy Lange, Andrea Isom, Jessica Starr and Maurielle Lue. Carrie appeared via Skype on the topic of Body Image. The reporters engaged in a … Read more

No Shame Day: End the Stigma Behind Mental Illness

Monday July 7, 2014 was #NoShameDay. #NoShameDay is an opportunity for people to rally around mental health care and end stigma associated with mental illness. #NoShameDay is a part of National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Since 2008 July has been recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives as … Read more

Infidelity and Marriage: John Becker Speaks at the BMC

Friday March 18, 2014 Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed John Becker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor, to the clinic for a lecture on Infidelity and Marriage. John presented BMC therapists with statistics on the frequency of affairs in marriage as well as his methods for assessment and treatment. John paid … Read more

Opiate Addiction: FDA Approves Opiate Overdose Antidote

This week Forbes.com reported about FDA approval of a an antidote to Heroin and other opioid overdose. The drug, called Evzio, is an automatic injector of the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, specifically tested and intended for use by caregivers, family members, or coworkers. Over the last year high profile deaths’ of Cory Monteith and Philip … Read more

The Excellence in Mental Health Act: A Boost for Community Mental Health

On Thursday April 3, 2014 mental health services received a congressional boost in special thanks to the support from Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow. The Senate finally passed  Stabenow’s “Excellence in Mental Health Act” and it was then signed in to law by President Barack Obama. The legislation is expected to expand access to community mental health … Read more

The Affordable Care Act and What You Need to Know

Discussion of the Affordable Care Act often incites fear, confusion, and anger in people both for and against its passage. Political commercials claiming “truths” about this act only exponentially worsen the anxiety and irritation. Whether you are in favor of “Obamacare” or not, there may be some important implications of The Affordable Care Act on … Read more

BMC Therapist Regina Ruelle at the OCC Women Center: A Call To Wholeness

Regina’s workshop was titled “Combating Stress: For Yourself and Your Loved Ones.” She covered how to identify when stress is affecting you or your family members and may result in depression or an anxiety disorder. Daily wellness tips were discussed such as the importance of mindfulness practices, having a regular sleep routine, healthy eating, using … Read more

National Eating Disorder Week: Carrie Talks #Thinspo on FOX 2 News

National Eating Disorder Week runs from February 23 to March 1st, and the Birmingham Maple Clinic recognizes Eating Disorders as major mental health issues amongst our children.  To raise awareness for National Eating Disorder Week, Carrie from the Birmingham Maple Clinic joined FOX 2 News to discuss #Thinspiration, the harmful internet “community” developing around eating … Read more

Failure to Launch Adolescents: BMC on Fox 2 News

Lori Edelson, Clinic Director of Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, MI appeared on Fox 2 News Detroit with Kam Carmen to discuss “Failure to Launch.” “Failure to Launch” refers to the adolescents and young adults that are out of work, out of school, financially reliant on parents and not meeting other appropriate developmental markers. In … Read more

What New Moms Should Delegate to Friends and Family – BMC on Mom.me

BMC’s Carrie Krawiec was recently featured on Mom.me, a blogging and news site for all things concerning moms and parents. They recently did an image blog on tips for properly managing the flurry of tasks required for a new baby and delegating responsibly, and Carrie’s tip was to Be Specific. Here’s an excerpt below, and … Read more

A Little Weed Never Hurt Anyone

Introduction by David Garvelink, MA LLP At the time this article was published in the Birmingham/Bloomfield Families in Action (BBFA) newsletter “Connections” in February 2003, there was much debate over whether marijuana was truly a “gateway drug” and what that even meant. It seemed unlikely that there was anything inherently chemically significant in pot to … Read more

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder with Compassion; “Manipulation” Reconsidered

If you are a family member or friend of someone who is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, you may or may not have some understanding of what this label means.  You also may or may not have overheard or participated in discussion, readings, or media about this very diagnostic label, and possibly gleaned from these … Read more