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How Do Rich and Famous People Get Depressed?

As a mental health clinic, we understand that laughter can sometimes be medicine.  If that is true, then there was likely no greater practitioner of it than the late Robin Williams.   His work brought laughter, joy, and fantasy to millions in a way that can’t be equaled.  This is why his untimely death has affected […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Chronic Pain Treatment: Jan Tomakowsky, PhD

Birmingham Maple Clinic was pleased to welcome Jan Tomakowsky, PhD of the Women’s Urology Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI to the clinic for a lecture on treating chronic pain on Friday May 9, 2014. Jan reviewed chronic pain conditions such as back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, and pelvic pain. Jan defined chronic pain […]

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4 Signs You May Have Insomnia

How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Did you wake up feeling alert and well rested?  The National Sleep Foundation reports that between 30% and 40% of American adults state they have had some symptoms of insomnia within the last 12 months. Insomnia is an inability to sleep well and not feel rested in […]

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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 […]

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Postpartum Depression: A Concern for Fathers, too

In a study from Northwestern University published yesterday in the journal Pediatrics uncovers the risk of postpartum depression to new fathers. The study, which analyzed health data on 10,623 young men, ages 24 to 32, found symptoms of depression increased on average by 68% over the first five years of fatherhood for men. The depression […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Day of Silence: Stopping LGBT Bullying

April 11, 2014 is Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Day of Silence is intended to illustrate the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT. Day of Silence began as […]

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Why Are Autism Rates Rising? The New Evidence

On March 27, 2014 the government announced it is increasing the autism estimate to 1 in 68 U.S children.  The previous estimate was 1 in 88 children so the announcement represents a shocking 30% jump. When the CDC first began measuring autism rates in 2007 the numbers were initially believed to be 1 in 150. […]

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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 […]

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BMC on WWJ 950: Eating Disorders & Facebook

Did you miss the interview?  You can hear a recording of it here!  A recent study published in International Journal of Eating Disorders reported by The Daily Mail, suggests social media use can be linked to the development of eating disorders. The study followed 960 female college students. Researchers found that the women who spent the […]

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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 […]

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National Eating Disorder Week: Taking Action

National Eating Disorder Awareness week is February 23 – March 1. The National Eating Disorder Association states that 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their life time. These facts are startling. There are many multifaceted influences in our culture today that impact the growing number of people […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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