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National Alcohol Screening Day

Thursday April 5, 2012 is National Alcohol Screening Day. National Alcohol Screening Day is an outreach, education and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further evaluation. It’s held every year on the Thursday of the first full week of April. Alcohol abuse is known to increase […]

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Mild Sleep Disorders Tied to Depression

Previous studies have documented connection between sleep apnea and depression. New research also links symptoms of snorting and stopping breathing to depressed mood. Researchers, lead by Anne G. Wheaton, a C.D.C. epidemiologist, studied almost 10,000 men and women participating in a health survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Observers used interviews about […]

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Motivational Interviewing Presented by Dan O’Neil

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Dan O’Neil, MA, LLP, presented to clinic staff on the topic of Motivational Interviewing. MI is a collaborative, client-centered counseling style used to help clients change problematic behavior by resolving ambivalence and strengthening motivation for change. Dan introduced therapists to the theoretical foundation of the MI model as well as techniques […]

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Losing Weight Not the Key to Happiness for Overweight Teens

Psych Central, reporting on a study from Purdue University on teenage girls and weight loss, noted surprising findings  – among both Caucasian and African American teenage girls who had recently lost a significant portion of their body mass, many still continued to see themselves as being overweight.  As reported by the site, the study, which […]

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Childhood ADHD Diagnosis Up 65% Since 2000

Northwestern University recently announced that the number of children who are diagnosed each year with ADHD has increased by 65% over the last ten years.  The study, to be published in the March/April issue of the American Pediatrics journal, occurred from 2000 to 2010, and followed children under the age of 18 who had been […]

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The Center for ADHD Welcomed Diane Nancarrow

The Center for ADHD welcomed Diane Nancarrow, MA, CCC/SLP of Kaufman Children’s Center to Birmingham Maple Clinic on March 15, 2012. Diane is a Speech and Language Pathologist and Director of Adolescent Programs at Kaufman. Diane met with therapists from the Center for ADHD to discuss speech and language issues for children with ADHD. The […]

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Depression and Asperger’s in Young Adults Common, Difficult to Diagnose

According to Psych Central’s recent article “Depression Common in Young People with Asperger’s ”,  Swedish researchers are reporting that nearly 70% of young adults in Sweden who have been diagnosed with  Asperger’s suffered from a depressive episode in the past, or are currently suffering from symptoms of depression.  In a group of young people whose […]

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March is National Professional Social Work Month

March is National Professional Social Work Month. On March 1, 2012 the National Association of Social Work (NASW) introduced this year’s theme “Social Work Matters” to showcase the impact of more than 642,000 professional social workers in America. According to NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH,  “Social workers weave together the threads […]

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UCLA Research Team Reports Hyperactivity in the Brain May Cause Depression Symptoms

A recent story published by ScienceDaily reported that hyperactivity in multiple parts of the brain could be the explanation behind multiple symptoms of depression.  The article, based on research by UCLA, reported that although previous research on depression has looked for an individual part of the brain that is affected by the condition, there is […]

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Trends in Teen Substance Use

A recent report announced adolescent drinking and cigarette smoking are at a historic low.  Although this information is positive, at the same time marijuana and prescription pill use are still occurring at high rates among teens. Shockingly, it is a new substance that raises the most concerns. For the first time the study looked at […]

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Birmingham Maple Clinic Reports That Overuse of Social Media May Contribute to Anxiety

The Birmingham Maple Clinic, providers of professional mental health services in Michigan, recently reported on an article by Kathryn Gregory of the West Virginia Gazette that suggests there is a link for many between social media and the fear of “missing out”. As reported by the mental health treatment clinic in Michigan, Gregory’s article discusses […]

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Couples Therapy

Research on the Treatment of Couple Distress Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, January 2012, Vol. 38, No. 1, 145-168 Researchers Jay Lebow, PhD, Anthony Chambers, PhD, Andrew Christensen, PhD, and Susan Johnson, PhD, evaluated and reviewed research on couples therapy from 2000 to 2009.  While evaluating data, these researchers observed complexities in the development […]

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How Social Media May Be Hurting Your Feelings

Kathryn Gregory of the West Virginia Gazette recently wrote an article discussing the link for many between social media and the fear of “missing out”.  In her article, Gregory discussed how the many forms of social media can cause anxiety, “As the constant need for communication is becoming the social norm, it’s increasingly difficult for […]

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OCA Event

On February 3, 2012,  Birmingham Maple Clinic was presented at Oakland Counseling Association’s Agency in the round event.  Oakland Counseling Association hosted the event and luncheon for about 100 attendees at Oakland Schools in Waterford, MI. The program was geared toward school counselors, crisis intervention counselors, social workers and psychologists from Oakland County Public Schools. […]

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Are Your Money Troubles Hurting Your Children?

A recently published study in the Journal of Research on Adolescence found that the economic recession hasn’t just affected our spending habits and our jobs; it has also affected our children.  According to the study, parents who are dealing with stress related to chronic money problems tend to have relationships with their children that are […]

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Parent-Teen Communication

As a marriage and family therapist my services are elicited to help couples and families improve communication. Although relationship dynamics between romantic partners and parents and their children differ dramatically, I am often struck by similarities when it comes to the breakdown of healthy communication. In marital relationships divorce is a common consequence of this […]

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New Report Shows Mental Illness on the Rise in the US

A recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (SAMHSA) recently found that 1 in 5 Americans in the US reported experiencing some form of mental illness in the past year.  Among the group, which included a sample size of 45.9 American adults 18 years and […]

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What You Don’t Know About Sleep May Surprise You

Sleep disorders are on the rise, according to the American Psychological Association , who recently reported that at least 40 million Americans currently suffer from a sleeping disorder.  According to Rita Mueller, who specializes in research and practice in the area of sleep disorders at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, most patients don’t realize the impact […]

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Healthy Tips for New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the first week of the New Year – are you working on your New Year’s resolutions?  So often we make the same resolutions year after year, “I’ll lose 25 pounds!” or “I’ll quit smoking for good!” only to find ourselves frustrated when we lose track soon into the New Year.  Instead of losing focus […]

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The Link Between Sleep and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Can dreams really help our brains heal from traumatic experiences?  Researchers at UC Berkeley certainly believe so.  According to ScienceDaily, researchers may have found a link between sleep and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms that may help to explain why those with PTSD struggle to overcome their experiences, long after the initial event that […]

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Make the holidays a happy time of year

The holidays have arrived, filled with gifts, hugs, laughter and sharing. Not to mention a possible dose of anxiety and depression. Therapist Lori Edelson, owner of the Birmingham Maple Clinic, said it’s quite easy to catch a case of the holiday blues during this time of year. “Seasonal depression affects millions of Americans each year,” […]

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Taking Stock of Couples Therapy This New Year

As the holidays will soon be unwrapped and another year of memories created, many couples find themselves stretched thin at this stressful time of year.   With so many work and social obligations hitting at once, even the happiest couples can find themselves running out of patience with their partners.  For those who are currently in […]

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How Oxytocin May Help Reduce Social Anxiety

While social anxiety can become a troublesome issue for many individuals at different points throughout their lives, many who suffer from chronic social anxiety can easily become overwhelmed during this time of year as they find themselves inundated with holiday party invitations and invitations to New Year’s celebrations.  The holiday season is particularly difficult for […]

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Mental Illness and the Big Screen: Ladies Only?

As Hollywood unveils its biggest movies of the year during this busy holiday season, we are reminded that mental illness isn’t always depicted accurately on the big screen.  Some of the most popular movies in our culture have revolved around mental illness, and as we have seen in many cases, the character who is suffering […]

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The Link Between Violence and Women’s Mental Health

As we learn more and more about the effects of domestic violence and non-domestic violence on women, it has become clear that even after a woman has healed from the physical injuries incurred by violence, there are often mental problems that can occur later on down the road.  In fact, a women’s mental health is […]

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When the Holidays Get Your Down: Managing the Holiday Blues

The holidays are traditionally a time for gathering with friends and family and enjoying the festivities of the season, however, those who are suffering from depression or who are prone to it may find themselves dealing with a case of the holiday blues this year. Seasonal depression affects millions of American every year.  The stress […]

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Recognizing the Signs of Adult ADHD

Over the years, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been viewed as a disorder that mainly affects children; however, the latest research clearly indicates that adults are just as susceptible to ADHD symptoms.  Adult ADHD, (which includes ADHD that originally develops during childhood and carries into adulthood) is something that we frequently treat at our […]

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Bullying and Your Child

“O’Doyle Rules!” It’s a classic bullying one-liner from comedy “Billy Madison.” Bullying has changed by leaps and bounds since parents of today were children. Gone are the days where a bulky kid throws his muscle around to shake down smaller children for lunch money. These days it is much harder to tell the difference between […]

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Birmingham Maple Clinic Launches Adult ADHD Treatment Programs

Birmingham Maple Clinic recently announced the launch of individual treatment plans for Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a developmental disorder of self-control, in the clinic’s Michigan treatment center for adult ADHD. The clinic utilizes a full range of treatment options for both child and adult ADHD, which are developed into individualized plans that suit […]

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A Little Weed Never Hurt Anyone

Introduction by David Garvelink, MA LLP At the time this article was published in the Birmingham/Bloomfield Families in Action (BBFA) newsletter “Connections” in February 2003, there was much debate over whether marijuana was truly a “gateway drug” and what that even meant. It seemed unlikely that there was anything inherently chemically significant in pot to […]

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Social media overuse

Social websites has become a popular method to share information as well as content with others. Social media sites are the sites that will host social media. For anyone new to social media it is good to know what types of online networks there are and exactly what each does.ForumsProbably one of the first web […]

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Healing our “Connective Tissue”

Originally Printed on April 22, 2011 at www.addictionrecoveryreality.com Yogis have long known the healing power of turning into oneself and deeply stretching one’s muscles and ligaments — while also stretching one’s mental focus, tuning out the static and noise of the world outside. This practice, thousands of years old, has far-reaching physical, mental, and spiritual […]

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Motivating Forces (Video)

What drives you? Psychologist, economists, social scientists of all varieties have been interested in that question for quite some time now. In the past work motivation was thought to positively correlate with financial incentive. In other words, the more money you offer an employee the more motivated to perform their daily tasks they’ll become. Right? […]

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Freud, Culture, and Neuropsychology

The ridiculously interesting, totally awesome blog, “Mindhacks” uncovered a hidden gem of an article written about four years ago on Freud.  The piece is written by Paul Brooks, a trained experimental psychologist and journalist for The Guardian.  Here’s a snippet of the article: “One Sunday morning, when he was four years old, my son climbed into bed […]

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And the drug of the year award goes to…

Please, excuse me as I open the envelope.  (tearing, crinkling noises)  Xanax!  The virtuoso of the anxiety medication front drew an astonishing 44,029,000 prescriptions over the course of the 2009 calendar year.  In a not so distant second place came Lexapro with 27, 698,000 prescriptions.  Ativan (25, 868,000), Zoloft (19,500,000), Prozac (19,500,000) filled out the remainder of […]

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Finding Intelligence

When does intelligence begin?  How does it function and what is it?  Intelligence being such a broad topic, you’d think that  a definitive answer would lie somewhere in the back annals of a crusty psychology book in an equally crusty university library.  But as with most things concerning the human condition it isn’t that easy. […]

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The Emotional Muscle and Mindfulness

Over the last few days I’ve been surfing the net looking for fresh material for the blog and while doing so I happened to stumble across Deric Bownd’s “MindBlog.”  Recently he ran a piece on mindfulness and emotional muscle, hence the title to this post.  Here’s a quick sample of his post. Research on mindfulness […]

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The Art of Learning

On occasion I’ll read a book that burrows itself so deeply in my head that I start to change my behavior based on its writing.  The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin is one of those books.  As a child, Josh was a prodigy in the chess world.  At a young age, he learned how […]

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Gentlemen Start Your Engines!

Ladies, remember that attractive guy driving the new luxury car while you were driving home from work? Maybe the car was a silver Mercedes or a black BMW. What if that some attractive man was driving something more along the lines of a pre-owned Ford Taurus? I don’t mean the new improved 2010 version, I’m […]

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Kidz that txt oftn score hier on reading tests

It is the growing concern of many teachers and parents that their children are learning poor grammar and spelling because of instant messaging and texting.  In particular the biggest concern is over the abbreviations used while texting.  The shorthand, sometimes referred to as textism, has been heavily criticized recently because younger and younger children are beginning to […]

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Marijuana Use Predicts Depression Amongst Teens

Researcher Dr. Hon Ho and associates with the University of Colorado have found that cannabis use as an adolescent predicts depression amongst the teenage population and not the reverse. Dr Hon Ho examined a longitudinal study of Adolescent Health, sampling thousands of male and female participants over a 14 year time span. Dr. Ho paid […]

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Your Eyes, Your Decisions

Neurophilosophy ran a recent blog entry about what your eyes reveal about decision making.  And as it turns out, a lot can be learned from your eyes, specifically the timing of decisions. Any aspiring poker players should take note of the studies discussed in the blog.  I don’t want to go out on a limb and […]

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