Substance Use Disorders and ADHD – BMC at the ACONP

Birmingham Maple Clinic child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Brooke Weingarden, DO, MPH, will be speaking at Crystal Mountain at the ACONP (American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrist) conference this weekend. She will be speaking about ADHD, new updates in treatment as well as misuse of stimulants and the relationship between substance use disorders and […]

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Parent Tips For Emotionally Preparing Your Child For Summer Camp

• EMPATHY – Must have secure attachments at home 1. Open, honest communication 2. Feels valued, trusted, respected 3. Parents genuinely recognize strengths and gently work on weaknesses – Importance of modeling sympathetic feelings and caring behaviors 1. Putting oneself in someone else’s shoes 2. Parents display respectful, empathic behavior toward others 3. Parents compliment […]

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Summer Chores & Self Esteem: BMC on WXYZ

Carrie Krawiec, licensed LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently interviewed on WXYZ to share knowledge about how you can use chores during your children’s summer vacation to develop self esteem, responsibility, and overall executive functioning. Click here to listen to a recording!

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Healthy Grieving

There are no “rules” for grieving; it is specific to the person in mourning and involves feelings, behaviors, activities and communication that allow the mourner to express their loss in a way that elicits support and understanding from others and/or from the immediate environment. This can be a single experience or a series of experiences […]

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Anxiety Over Leaving For Summer Camp

I. Sleep-Away Camp is Not for Everyone A. Some parents believe summertime is the time children should be free of commitments and schedules; learn to occupy themselves and enjoy creative free play. B. Sleep-over camp can be very costly. C. Sleep-over camp became popular for kids who lived in urban areas as an opportunity to […]

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Survivor’s Guilt in Cancer Patients

Survival after cancer treatment has been discussed and researched extensively.  Fears about recurrence, panic and anxiety that peaks just before the 3-month, then 6-month, then annual exams, are experiences every cancer patient has and talks about. What is LESS talked about is the guilt that many cancer survivors feel for “surviving” – when so many […]

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One of the Hardest Things Parents Have To Do

Believe it or not – while the list of responsibilities, lessons, chores and joys of parenthood are too numerous to list, one of THE most important, and most difficult, tasks of parenthood is to maintain a healthy, vibrant relationship between the parents. Once the baby arrives, it becomes everyone’s priority and treasure. That “status” often […]

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How to prepare for a successful performance interview:

• Prepare, prepare, prepare! • Anticipate good and bad comments. Have non-defensive responses ready. • Exhibit passion for your job and let your employer know your willingness to expand your role. • Make creative suggestions for improvement before being told. • Review steps to implement your plan! • Practice your review with a trusted associate. […]

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Women & Smiling Depression – BMC on Mother Nature Network

Licensed marriage and family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic, Carrier Krawiec, recently was tapped by the Mother Nature Network to give some tips on recognizing smiling depression in women: What perhaps makes (smiling depression) so scary is that these people are likely not seeking help because they feel even more insecure or self critical that […]

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Signs of Smiling Depression – BMC on Medical Daily

Licensed marriage and family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic, Carrier Krawiec, recently gave some insight into the hidden form of depression known as “Smiling Depression”. Here is the article’s explanation of Smiling Depression: Smiling depression is characterized by appearing happy on the outside, and keeping the pain on the inside. There is a stark contrast […]

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Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of winter depression that affects millions every year between September and April, andparticularly during December, January and February. While many admit to feeling “more and more tired” and have an aversion togo out during the winter months, people who suffer from SAD are typically debilitated by the condition and find […]

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Kate Smith Volunteers at City Year Detroit

This past school year I learned a lot!  I volunteered as a group facilitator with a non profit organization, City Year Detroit. City Year is an Americorps program comprised of young adults (18-25 year olds)  who dedicate one year to serving full time as tutors, mentors and roll models to students  in seven schools in […]

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Parents are as Responsible as their Violent Children

With the recently publicized report of Adam Lanza’s mental state since early childhood, there is yet more reason to recognize that while there are several key factors that intersect to create the “perfect storm,”  what underlies these violent rampages across the U.S. and across the globe, involves much more than access to weapons of destruction […]

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We Start At Home

Everyone is searching for answers as we watch our world and our country terrorized and traumatized in one city after another. Debates over gun control, over health care, over the availability (or lack thereof) of mental health care, the dissolution of the family, the isolated individuals we are raising who are more hooked in to […]

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Love is a Verb

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”-Leo Buscaglia A beautiful quote that could be modified to say, “…all of which have the potential to turn […]

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Dr. Brooke Weingarden Lectures at the Macomb County Psychological Association Conference

Dr. Brooke Weingarden gave a 2 hour lecture at the Macomb County Psychological Association conference. The lecture was geared toward school psychologists in Macomb County. Dr. Weingarden provided a brief overview of psychiatric diagnoses and followed with a focus on psychopharmacology and medications used for each diagnosis and some clinical tidbits about each family of […]

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Tidy Homes and Stress: Carrie Krawiec on Fox 2

That mess-free standard is hard to achieve when work and life obligations takeover leaving toys scattered all over the house, dishes in the sink piling up, kids’ homework scattered about, etc.  Recent studies show that cluttered, hyper-abundant homes make women more stressed, decreasing self-esteem and increasing the risk for depression. The findings even identified higher values […]

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COPING WITH ELECTION LET-DOWN AND ELECTION RESULTS

Big expectations lead to big disappointments. In this case, everyone seems uptight, worried, dreading the worst.  Everyone seems to have either given up or they have an overwhelming passionate investment in winning. The level of anger and vitriol generated by this election has become our preoccupation. All of this could easily lead to “post-election let-down” […]

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Brainspotting Treatment Coming Soon to BMC

Birmingham Maple Clinic Therapist, Calder Kaufman PsyD, LP Licensed Clinical Psychologist, traveled to New York in October to meet with Dr. David Grand, the developer of Brainspotting. The purpose of this trip was for Dr. Kaufman to become a Brainspotting trainer himself. Calder enjoyed the experience in part because it drew therapists from across the world […]

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What Does a Psychiatrist Do?

From ValuePenguin.com: Life for these mental health professionals largely depends on whether they work in hospital facilities, private practice or in the academic and research realm. Working in a state-run center, for example, can bring a set schedule and a consistent check in the mail. Each of the three environments have their pluses and minuses. […]

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Top Tips For College Students To Stay Safe On Campus

Use (or install) locks on your doors, windows, file cabinets, storage for valuables. Never walk alone at night; especially “under the influence.” Never be left alone at a party without your friends. Stay aware of your surroundings; do not let personal technology distract you. Keep emergency contacts in your phone. Keep some cash and identification […]

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How to Talk Politics With Those You Love – Without Tearing Your Hair or Their Eyes Out

From Lois M. Collins of DesertNews.com: Nine out of 10 Americans believe the 2016 presidential election is the most “polarizing” and “volatile” ever, according to research that says you’re not imagining it if you think you’re seeing fewer campaign signs, bumper stickers and people willing to ‘fess up about where they’ve thrown their support. “We’ve […]

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Men Can Suffer From Postpartum Depression Too

BMC therapist Lori Edelson talked with Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ News Radio 950 about postpartum depression in fathers. She explained that men typically will see onset at about 3 to 6 months after the birth of the baby, and that it’s more common in first time fathers.  Symptoms can include anxiety, loss of interest […]

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BMC Participates in Kadima’s Movie Night for a Screening of “Inside Out”

On Thursday August 25, 2016 Birmingham Maple Clinic participated in Kadima’s Movie Night at Beverly Park. Kadima, provider of comprehensive residential, therapeutic and social services to people with mental health needs, hosted a family-friendly evening featuring Disney Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out.” “Inside Out” is the story of an adolescent girl trying to cope with […]

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Tips for Handling Coach Criticism

BMC therapist Lori Edelson talked with WWJ-AM News Radio’s Dr. Deanna Lites about the “dos and don’ts” for parents when handling criticism their child received from a coach. Edelson offered tips on how much parental involvement is needed, and provided ways in which parents can more fully engage in a conversation with their child. Click […]

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BMC Therapist Carrie Krawiec Talks About Toxic Stress on WXYZ News

Carrie Krawiec, LMFT of Birmingham Maple Clinic appeared on WXYZ Channel 7 on Saturday July 23, 2016 to discuss Toxic Stress with Syma Chowdhry. Carrie first explained how toxic stress differs from the kinds of stress we experience every day. Toxic stress occurs when a child experiences prolonged chaotic environments—such as physical or emotional abuse, chronic neglect, caregiver substance […]

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Therapist Linda Diaz Discusses Mindfulness Meditation at BMC

  On Friday July 15, 2016 Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Linda Diaz, conducted an in-service for clinicians on Mindfulness Mediation. Linda explained the benefits of mindfulness mediation practice. An important benefit highlighted was the increased awareness and decreased stimulation such that people can make choice about how they want to respond and thus react versus respond. This improves […]

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