Archive | Mental Illness

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 […]

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Are Americans Really More Anxious?

From T.M Luhrmann at the New York Times:  Americans are a pretty anxious people. Nearly one in five of us — 18 percent — has an anxiety disorder. We spend over $2 billion a year on anti-anxiety medications. College students are often described as more stressed than ever before. There are many explanations for these nerves: […]

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10 Tips to Make Therapy Work For You

Psychotherapy can be of enormous benefit to patients, but it takes work, both on the side of the therapist and on the side of the client. It’s not an overnight process. But how do you make the most of the process? Psychotherapist and author Dr. Gary Trosclair shares ten tips to help patients make therapy […]

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#31DaysofTherapy Days 20 – 26

As part of May is Mental Health Month, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists are sharing a core belief they have about therapy and mental health in conjunction with their #31daysoftherapy campaign. Here are the quotes from days 20 through 26. Day 20: “The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep”  ~ E.Joseph […]

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#31DaysofTherapy Days 13 – 19

As part of May is Mental Health Month, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists are sharing a core belief they have about therapy and mental health in conjunction with their #31daysoftherapy campaign. Here are the quotes from days 13 through 18. Day 13: “If nothing changes then nothing changes” ~ Dan O’Neil Day 14:  “Is it that […]

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#31DaysofTherapy Days 9 – 12

As part of May is Mental Health Month, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists are sharing a core belief they have about therapy and mental health in conjunction with their #31daysoftherapy campaign. Here are the quotes from days 9 through 12. Day 9: “Shine the light on what you want to grow.” ~ Carrie Krawiec Day 10: “Happiness = reality […]

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#31DaysofTherapy Days 5 Through 8

As part of May is Mental Health Month, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists are sharing a core belief they have about therapy and mental health in conjunction with their #31daysoftherapy campaign. Here are the quotes from days 5 through 8. Day 5: “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will […]

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#31DaysOfTherapy Quotes for Days 2 through 4

As part of May is Mental Health Month, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists are sharing a core belief they have about therapy and mental health in conjunction with their #31daysoftherapy campaign. Here are the quotes from days 2 through 4. Day 2: Kate Smith, MA, LLP  “Trust the process.” Kate specializes in Anxiety & Panic, Depression, Grief and […]

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Join BMC for Mental Health Month in May

May is Mental Health Month. Interestingly, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month since 1949. For 65 years agencies and groups focused on preventing and reducing mental illness and reducing stigma through media, screening, education and local events. According to Mental Health America this year’s theme is #B4Stage4, that is Before Stage Four, focusing […]

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Is It Healthy Self-Esteem? Or Narcissism?

In a new study, reported by Huffington Post yesterday, a team of child development and psychology researchers from Europe and the United States aimed to identify the root of narcissism by tracking 565 middle-class children and their parents over eighteen months. According to the article, the study found, “Parents who “over-value” their kids — who […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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