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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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Therapist Christine Muska Answers Questions About Eating Disorders

Why should I care? Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Up to 20% of individuals with anorexia will die as a result of their illness (NEDA). However, early intervention results in better outcomes.   Common questions from parents and family members who think a loved one is struggling:  “I thought … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

In this TED Talk, psychologist Ted Winch discusses the greater value society places on physical health over emotional well-being, and why it’s important to focus on both. Winch relates how closely linked the mind and body are, and maintains that a weakness in one has repercussions on the other. In learning how to practice emotional hygiene, … Read more

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 … 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

#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

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

How Mindfulness Practice May “Retrain” Your Brain

The concept of mindfulness is widely known in many meditation and yoga practices and describes the process of reaching the state of observing oneself without judgment in order to calm the mind.  Mindfulness is known in many spiritual practices as the highest form of meditation, but many individuals don’t know its full potential for being … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Negative Reactions to Daily Stress May Impact Long-Term Psychological Health

A new study led by researchers at UC Irvine has found evidence suggesting that being emotionally balanced in your everyday life may be helpful when it comes to taking steps to minimizing or preventing mental health problems down the road.  The study, led by psychologist Susan Charles, used data from two national surveys to answer … Read more