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BMC Therapist Christine Muska Discusses PTSD and Breast Cancer on TV20

Therapist Christine Muska appeared on TV20 to discuss how cancer survivors can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and addressed the ways in which those impacted can support the survivor. She also talked about the symptoms of PTSD. To see the interview in its entirety, click here.    

Birmingham Maple Clinic Talks Depression on the Bloomfield Township Bottom Line

Handling Depression from Bloomfield Township on Vimeo. BMC’s Carrie Krawiec was recently featured on the Bloomfield Township Bottom Line, a local television show that raises awareness for issues that the community faces as a whole. Carrie was asked to talk about depression, and how to recognize it within friends and family. Carrie and host Cindy … Read more

Depression Screening Day on Fox 2 News Detroit w/ BMC’s Carrie Krawiec

As a part of National Depression Screening Day, Carrie Krawiec, therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic appeared as an expert on Fox 2 News Detroit on October 10, 2013. Carrie was interviewed by Fox 2 News reporter, Anqunette Jamison on the topic of teen depression. National Depression Screening Day raises community awareness, screens people for depression … Read more

Teen Depression Viral Video, National Depression Screening Day, and BMC’s Appearance on Fox 2 News

At a recent TEDxYouth event, 19-year-old Kevin Breel stood up in front of the audience and said “I suffer from depression.” In the 11 minute viral video, shown below, this emerging stand-up comedian explained what it felt like to grow up with a mental illness. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences … Read more

Social Media Depression: Birmingham Maple Clinic’s Carrie Krawiec on the Dr. Nandi Show!

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Carrie Krawiec, LMFT, spoke on the “Ask Dr. Nandi” set on September 29, 2013. Dr. Nandi, a Detroit-area gastroenterologist, author, speaker, educator and patient advocate, hosts a daily T.V. show which emphasizes his values of empathy and treatment of the “whole patient” — mind and body. In line with Dr. Nandi’s … 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

Expectations and Facebook Envy: Why Generation Y is Unhappy

“Follow Your Passion.” It’s either a mantra of success you’ve heard all of your life, or is a line that you’ve ingrained in your children and grandchildren for all of theirs. Unfortunately, if you have told this to your children all their lives, you may have set them up for unhappiness due to forming unrealistic … Read more

BMC’s Carrie Krawiec to be Interviewed on “Ask Dr. Nandi” about Social Media Depression

We are very pleased and excited to announce that our very own Carrie Krawiec will be featured on the highly anticipated “Ask Dr. Nandi” Show on The Impact Network.  The episode will be focusing on the rise of social media depression and how to treat it. For more background information about social media depression, read … Read more

Social Media Depression: Do you have the Facebook Blues?

The Problem Does seeing how many friends, likes and comments a friend has on their social media sites get you down? Surfing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and seeing your friends’ engagements, babies, trips, losses, jobs, via pictures and status updates can cause an overwhelming swirl of emotions. Often people report experiencing sadness looking at the … Read more

Depression Associated with Vague Abstract Goals

A research study from the UK suggests that those who are depressed have different goal setting behavior than those who do not have depression. Scientists from the University of Liverpool found that generalized goals were more likely to be set by those diagnosed with clinical depression. These goals were vague and difficult to achieve, where … Read more

Will Botox Prove to Be a Possible Treatment for Symptoms of Depression?

While it’s too early to declare Botox a miracle cure for depression, early research suggests that using the drug cosmetically may help to reduce symptoms of depression in some patients, possibly in part to the simple fact that the cosmetic drug, which is injected directly into the face, keeps patients from frowning.  According the Traci … Read more

A Few Simple Steps to Taking Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

The holidays are full of both good and bad forms of stress, which, over time, can lead to a variety of mental and physical symptoms.  Headaches, anxiety and even depression can develop during the holiday for a variety of reasons, including an overloaded scheduled, travel, and for some, anxiety about spending time with family.  Taking … Read more

Magnetic brain stimulation treats depression independent of sleep effect

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — While powerful magnetic stimulation of the frontal lobe of the brain can alleviate symptoms of depression, those receiving the treatment did not report effects on sleep or arousal commonly seen with antidepressant medications, researchers say. “People’s sleep gets better as their depression improves, but the treatment doesn’t itself cause sedation … Read more

20th Annual World Mental Health Day Focuses on Depression as Global Issue

Depression took a front seat at this year’s 20th anniversary of World Mental Health Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).  The topic for this year’s World Mental Health Day was “Depression: A Global Crisis.”  According to WHO, depression currently affects more 350 million individuals of all ages, in all regions of the world, … Read more

Can Parents be Held Responsible for a Child’s Suicide?

An Associated Press story recently detailed the case of an Indiana woman who has been accused of causing her 16 year old son’s suicide.  The teen, who died after overdosing on prescription medication, reportedly lived in constant fear of his mother and her battle with drug addiction.  According to relatives, previous threats he had made … Read more

Depression and Suicide in Older Men: What Tony Scott’s Death Can Teach Us

The recent suicide of Hollywood Director Tony Scott offers a sad reminder that although there is a large amount of research and funding dedicated to preventing suicide in young people,  depression and suicide can occur with older individuals as well.  The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) reported that in 2009, the elderly accounted for over … Read more

NFL Launches New Mental Health Program for Players

In response to the recent suicides of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau and former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson and pending lawsuits from retired players, the NFL has stepped up to address the problems associated with depression and repetitive brain injuries.   The League has launched a comprehensive wellness program for current and retired players, the … Read more

Combination Treatment for Anxiety Disorders Shows Promise

The Anxiety Disorder Clinic at the University of Houston recently reported that treatment for anxiety disorders which combines Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a “transdiagnostic” approach (one that lets psychologists apply one set of principles across many anxiety disorders in order to devise an effective treatment plan), was more effective than those that combine CBT with … Read more

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Mental Health Care Benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted by Congress in 2010.  Although it will take many years for several of the law’s provisions to be completely implemented into law, there are some important changes in the way mental health care will be handled in this country, … Read more

Toronto Researcher Reports a Walk in the Park Can Help Those with Clinical Depression

A study led by Marc Berman, post-doctoral fellow at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, has found compelling evidence that nature walks may have a positive impact on the cognition and mood of those who are clinically depressed. The study is one of the first of its kind to look at the effect of nature … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Post-Partum Depression and Menopause

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION & MENOPAUSE Am I clinically depressed or could my moodiness be caused by depression? My life is in transition – I’m stressed out at work, my kids are gone and I don’t care about sex. My friends think it’s from menopause. Could they be right? My wife and I just had … Read more

Depression Counseling, Grief & Loss Counseling

Common Questions About Depression, Grief, & Loss How do I know if I am “depressed” or just “down”? Can medication cure depression? People tell me I can “snap out of it”, but I can’t. What’s wrong with me? What the experts say: Depression, Grief & Loss Everyone feels sad at some point – it’s only … Read more