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Mental Health Concerns for Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.

On Thursday, Lori Edelson, LMSW, LMFT, taught a single-session course for SOAR (Society of Active Retirees) about “Mental Health Concerns for  Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.” Lori cited US Census Bureau information indicating that in 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65.  One in every five US residents will be a senior … Read more

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health diagnosis for people that experience an ongoing pattern of intensely varying moods

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health diagnosis for people that experience an ongoing pattern of intensely varying moods, self-image, and behavior. The extreme nature of these symptoms often result in impulsive or dangerous actions and problems in relationships. People diagnosed with borderline personality disorder may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that … Read more

Mental Health First Aid Act (HR 1877) Passes the US House

From Laura W. Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice, Clinical Social Work Association:  Mental Health First Aid Act (H.R. 1877) passed the House yesterday by voice vote. This Act will be extended through 2021 through block grants to train first responders, law enforcement and teachers to assist anyone in a mental health crisis, and reduce … Read more

New Schizophrenia Study Emphasizes Talk Therapy, Early Intervention and Lower Med Dosage

This week, a new study was published that challenges the current treatment of schizophrenia. This government funded study from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), indicates that people diagnosed with schizophrenia treated with a balanced approach of lower doses of anti-psychotic medication coupled with talk therapy make greater strides in recovery than those treated with higher … Read more

Mental Health Awareness Month: The Campaign to Change Direction

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden kicked off “The Campaign to Change Direction” with a PSA launched in Time’s Square this morning. As a part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the campaign focuses on early detection of serious mental problems. Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour says “We must change our … Read more

Carrie Krawiec Discusses “Text Bubble” Anxiety on Fox 2 News Detroit

Birmingham Maple Clinic’s Carrie Krawiec appeared with Amy Andrews on Fox 2 News Detroit on the topic of “Text Bubble Anxiety.” That is the self-induced stress that comes from watching the bubble with 3 dots that indicates that the person you’re talking to is currently typing a message.  While clinicians and lay people alike feel … Read more

BMC Joins Conference on Teen Mental Illness Featuring Author Ross Szabo

On Sunday March 1, 2015 Birmingham Maple Clinic participated in the teen mental health conference “The Dark Secret of Teen Mental Illness: Shedding Light on Mental Health.” The conference, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, aimed to provide resources to improve access to mental health services. According to Danielle Longo, from The Jewish … Read more

Despite Laws, Access to Mental Health Care Is Still A Problem

2008’s Mental Health Parity law and 2014’s Affordable Care and Excellence in Mental Health Acts demonstrate that our nation is becoming more aware of the needs of those suffering from mental illness and taking steps to improve access to mental health resources.  A new report by advocacy group Mental Health America and pharmaceutical company, Takeda … Read more

New Years Resolution: Change the Language of Mental Illness

This time of year people are motivated to set personal goals, replace bad behavior, and right some wrongs of the year prior—or minimally the discretions and indulgences of the holiday season. New Years Resolutions are often boiled down to “drink less” or “work out more.” While these individual achievements are meaningful and necessary for personal … Read more

Make Your Voice Heard for Excellence in Mental Health

On March 31, 2014, Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 4302), which included the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The Excellence Act will increase Americans’ access to community mental health and substance use treatment services as well as improving Medicaid reimbursement for these services. The legislation creates criteria for “Certified Community Behavioral … 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

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

Brainspotting Offers an Alternative Treatment Approach

On Friday, December 6, 2013, Calder Kaufman, PsyD, LLP, clinical therapist on staff at Birmingham Maple Clinic, presented a fascinating workshop for his colleagues about Brainspotting. This treatment method, originated by David Grand, PhD, aims to treat trauma and anxiety in a powerful, direct way, often reducing the time it takes to heal in traditional … Read more

Special Guest: Dr. Phil O’Dwyer – DSM 5: Changes & Challenges

Last Friday, Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Dr. Phil O’Dwyer, Clinical Director of the Center for Counseling at Garden City Hospital and Adjunct Professor of Counseling at Oakland University.  Dr O’Dwyer spoke to clinic therapists about the DSM 5 and its changes and challenges. DSM 5 is the abbreviation for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental … Read more

What is FOMO? – Social Media & Mental Health

This week a variety of words were added to Oxford Dictionaries Online. The words likely have no meaning to many digitally-uncool adults, but teens and the technologically savvy (usually the same thing), however, are all too familiar with words due to their frequency of use on social media sites. Due to the limited number of … Read more

Mental Health and Minorities: The Numbers Don’t Lie

As we recognize this year’s National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re reminded that mental health care in the US continues to be an important health crisis that affects a large portion of the population.  According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, less than one-half of people with … Read more

July is Minority Mental Health Month

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. Organizations of all types and sizes are encouraged to use this wonderful opportunity to create mental … Read more

Possible Link Between Schizophrenia and Loss of Brain Tissue

Recurrent episodes of schizophrenia relapse and the frequent use of antipsychotic treatments typically used to treat symptoms have been linked to a progressive loss of brain tissue, according to a new study from the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Consortium at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City.  In the results of the study, … Read more

Updated Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) Released

The 5th edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was recently released after undergoing a 14 year revision process that included extensive research, numerous revisions and debates among members of the mental heath community and the public.  Published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the DSM is an important mental health resource … Read more

Mind Over Matter Run and National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. To kick off this month devoted to reducing stigma for mental health treatment and raising awareness for suicide prevention Royal Oak hosted the 8th Annual Mind Over Matter (MOM) 5K race on May 4, 2013. Survivors, victims, advocates, friends, families, and fit-minded  people joined together to bring attention … Read more

National Stress Awareness Month: Stress-Relief After Tragedy

National Stress Awareness Month is ending in a week, but sadly most peoples’ stress won’t end with the month of April. Many people are still reeling from the bombing and shooting events in Boston as well, which only increases everyday stress. Experts share some tips on how to keep your stress levels at a minimum … Read more