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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to Michigan Board of Social Work

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Julian Diaz of Birmingham and the reappointment of Constance Squires of Rockford to the Michigan Board of Social Work. The nine-member board, housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, evaluates and determines minimal entry level competency of health practitioners and takes … Read more

Mend mental health care – The Detroit News

Each time it was inferred that Adam Lanza suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, or that Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes and Gabby Gifford’s shooter Jared Loughner were schizophrenic, mental health providers winced. Not only does blaming mental illness for rampage shootings perpetuate the false notion that mental illness predisposes one to violence, it opens the door … Read more

Deinstitutionalizing Michigan’s mentally ill has been an underfunded disaster – Detroit Free Press

After closing three-quarters of Michigan’s 16 state psychiatric hospitals by 2003, the state put the task of caring for the mentally ill firmly — and appropriately — on the backs of Community Mental Health agencies. With hospital stays costing more than $800 a day, treating mental illness in the community is less expensive, more humane … Read more

Shootings expose cracks in US mental health system – WGCL Atlanta

By CARLA K. JOHNSON and PATRICK CONDONAssociated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Andrew Engeldinger’s parents pushed him for two years to seek treatment for what they suspected was mental illness, but even though he became increasingly paranoid and experienced delusions, there was nothing more they could do. Minnesota law doesn’t allow people to be forced into … Read more

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee’s alleged mistress: Suicide is not an option – Examiner.com

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee was suspended on Tuesday following allegations of an affair with Detroit Police Officer Angelica Robinson. Read allegations regarding Detroit Police Chief sex scandal Sadly, Officer Angelica Robinson posted a picture of herself with a gun in her mouth. The picture is disturbing and indicates she could be suicidal. No matter … Read more

Mental health public policy: Common Sense vs Science – PsychCentral.com (blog)

I’ve got a bad feeling about Senate Bill 3562 introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on September 19. Like me, you may have missed the birth S 3526, which was introduced to “reauthorize and improve the Older Americans Act of 1965, and for other purposes.” I have been slightly preoccupied with the Detroit Tigers and … Read more

Study finds missing link between mental health disorders and chronic diseases … – Medical Xpress

Wayne State University School of Medicine researchers may have discovered why people exposed to war are at increased risk to develop chronic problems like heart disease years later. And the culprit that links the two is surprising. Beginning in the mid-2000s, WSU researchers interviewed a random sample of 145 American immigrants who left Iraq before … Read more

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 … Read more

March 1st is Self Injury Awareness Day

Self-injury Awareness Day is a global awareness event/campaign that occurs annually on March 1. The goal is to raise awareness amongst parents, teachers, and medical professionals about self harming behaviors and to break down stereotypes.  On this day, and in the weeks leading up to it, people choose to be more open about their own … Read more

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

Holiday Giving

In the spirit of holiday giving, therapists and staff at Birmingham Maple Clinic joined together to make the holidays brighter by donating to some exceptional local causes and charities. Birmingham Maple Clinic clinicians worked in teams to provide a special Christmas by adopting a family through Lighthouse of Oakland County in Pontiac, MI. Lighthouse of … Read more

Birmingham Maple Clinic Reports on Studies Linking Oxytocin, Reduced Social Anxiety

Birmingham Maple Clinic, providers of professional mental health services in Michigan for over 30 years, recently reported on the results of a study linking Oxytocin use with reduced social anxiety.  According to the Clinic’s blog, psychcentral.com recently published findings on a new study carried out by Concordia University which found that Oxytocin (a naturally occurring … Read more

Birmingham Maple Clinic Offers Help for Managing the Holiday Blues

Birmingham Maple Clinic, providers of mental health services in Michigan for over 30 years, recently announced help for those dealing with seasonal depression. The clinic, which specializes in treatment for depression, eating disorders, ADHD and other serious mental health issues, recently reported that depression can develop or even worsen during the stress of the holidays, … Read more

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 … Read more

Birmingham Maple Clinic and the Ruth Ellis Center Team Up to Help Troubled Youth

On October 7, 2011 several therapists from Birmingham Maple Clinic, along with the clinic’s owner and director, Lori Edelson, visited Ruth Ellis Center of Highland Park, MI. Ruth Ellis Center is a youth social services agency that provides a safe place for runaway, at risk, and homeless youth. The mission of the center is “To … Read more

Mental Health Awareness Week Brings Attention to Depression in the US

In 1990, U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Health Awareness Week. October 2-8, 2011 was designated as a week to raise awareness of mental health treatment and the needs of those dealing with mental illness.  This year October 6, 2011 was also recognized as National Depression Screening Day. Did you know … Read more

Local Clinic Launches Treatment Programs for Food Addiction and Eating Disorders

Birmingham Maple Clinic recently announced the launch of specialized treatments for eating disorders, including treatment for food addiction, bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Individuals looking for eating disorder treatment centers in Michigan can now receive team-based treatment that includes psychotherapy, medical monitoring by licensed physicians, and nutritional counseling – all in one location. Effective eating disorder … Read more