Archive | General Health

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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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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The Importance of Daily “Me” Time

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist Kate Smith talks to Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ-AM News Radio 950 about the importance of taking time for yourself each day. Rather than being selfish, small daily rituals can help you feel more grounded and refreshed, enabling you to be available to others. Click here to hear the segment in its […]

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Dr. Andrea Celenza Lectures at Birmingham Maple Clinic

Andrea Celenza, PhD, author, training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School visited Birmingham Maple Clinic on Friday March 18, 2016 to discuss Sexual Boundary Violations. Dr. Celenza met with clinic therapists to discuss the prevalence of sexual boundary violations by professionals; the typical […]

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How to Get Kids to Be More Mindful About Eating

From Metro Parent magazine: Stop the zombie eating! Here’s how a ‘mindful’ approach creates healthier habits in your children. Teen movies regularly feature the cliché dumpee drowning her sorrows in a gallon of ice cream. In reality, kids regularly make thoughtless food choices. This impulse begins with infancy, says Lori Edelson, therapist and CEO of Birmingham […]

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 21-27

This year, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is focusing on the importance of early intervention. We’re encouraging the public to take just 3 minutes to complete the confidential online eating disorders screening at screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/NEDA. Taking 3 minutes to complete the screening will help determine if it is time to seek professional help. In order […]

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How “Screen Time” Impacts Your Brain and Body As You Prepare for Sleep

BMC therapist Rita Mueller has this to say about the importance of preparing yourself for sleep: A very important condition to enter sleep is “Ease your mind first” and make sure your winding down period starts before bedtime. The final demand for entering sleep is to allow myself to withdraw from any thoughts about and interests into […]

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Lead Concerns in Flint Lead to the Declaration of a State of Emergency

Flint, Michigan is getting worldwide attention for all of the wrong reasons. Renowned environmentalist Erin Brokovich had been raising social alarms in recent weeks and as of December 15, 2015 the mayor even declared a state of emergency due high levels of lead in children’s blood. Residents have complained of persistent problems with their water since the city switched the […]

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Orthorexia: An Unhealthy Obsession With Healthy Food

From Yoshita Sengupta at ZLiving.com: Orthorexia nervosa was first coined by a Californian doctor, Steven Bratman, in 1997, but it isn’t a formal medical condition yet. But it is a condition indeed—one that can have far-reaching physical and mental effects. What Is Orthorexia? “Orthorexia, although not classified in the DSM-5 as a clinical diagnosis, is […]

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World Hepatitis Day 2015

World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization. World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — and encourage prevention, diagnosis and […]

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Don’t Let Criticism Knock You Down

In a recent blog post for Psychology Today, Dr. David Niven addresses how to thrive even when criticized and offers insight using Carli Lloyd, member of the US Women’s soccer team, as an example of how to handle potentially destructive negative comments. To read the full article, click here. Expanding on Dr. Niven’s thoughts, Birmingham Maple Clinic […]

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Orthorexia Nervosa Explained

BMC therapist Christine Muska discusses orthorexia nervosa, its symptoms, and impact in the article below.  Although orthorexia is not a clinical diagnosis currently, meaning it is not in the DSM V, it is an eating disorder that has serious consequences similar to those of diagnosable eating disorders. Orthorexia is an eating disorder that is defined […]

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February 22-28 Marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This year, February 22nd through 28th marks National Eating Disorders Awareness week. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), an estimated thirty million people will be impacted by an eating disorder during their lifetime. Given the large scope of this issue, the NEDA decided to make the theme for this year’s campaign “I had […]

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Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: What’s the Difference?

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two related and commonly co-current conditions involving loss of cognitive function in old age, and are thus often used interchangeably and incorrectly.  We recently had Barbara Wolf PhD, from the McLaren Hospital in Flint visit the BMC and explain the differences and nuances between the two conditions, and we wrote this article […]

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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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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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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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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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Angelina Jolie Mastectomy

On Tuesday May 14, 2013 starlet Angelina Jolie, known as much for her beauty as for her support of a number of international humanitarian causes, announced she received a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. The actor has a defective gene, BRCA1, which doctors told her had increased her risk […]

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US Proposes Increased Funding in Mental Health Care and Medicare Cuts in 2014 Budget

President Obama recently presented his 2014 budget proposal for healthcare in the US, which asks for $3.9 billion in preparation for implementing the administration’s planned healthcare overhaul, which is scheduled to begin later this year.  One area of cuts in the proposed budget are to Medicare, and are part of a plan to reduce the […]

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Dr. Lila Massoumi Visits BMC

On April 5, 2013 Dr. Lila Massoumi, MD, ABIHM, visited Birmingham Maple Clinic for an educational seminar on integrative medicine. Dr. Lila Massoumi, an integrative psychiatrist, combines “alternative” or “complementary” treatment modalities (e.g. nutritional supplements, herbals, treatments from the ancient healing systems of China or India) with conventional care. Dr. Massoumi explained treatment techniques utilized in her […]

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ADHD Article

A new report analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in just a decade the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has jumped by 53 percent, with nearly one in five high-school-aged boys being told they have the disorder.  The Today Show reported on April 2, 2013, that the alarmingly […]

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