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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 […]

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Michigan Child Abuse Prevention Day Highlights “The Power Of One”

April 16th is Michigan Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Day, with kickoff held at the steps of the State Capital in downtown Lansing and additional learning and awareness opportunities planned throughout the community.  According to the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, this annual event was developed to “acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together […]

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US Proposes Increased Funding in Mental Health Care and Medicare Cuts in 2014 Budget

President Obama recently presented his 2014 budget proposal for healthcare in the US, which asks for $3.9 billion in preparation for implementing the administration’s planned healthcare overhaul, which is scheduled to begin later this year.  One area of cuts in the proposed budget are to Medicare, and are part of a plan to reduce the […]

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Are Video Games a Possible Treatment for Schizophrenia?

Posit Science, co-founded by Michael Merzenich, emeritus professor of Neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco, is developing brain-training software designed to help treat individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia retrain their brain to process information in a different way.  In his Washington Post article, “Trying to Help Schizophrenic with Computer Brain […]

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Many Kids Falling Through the Cracks According to US Mental Health Experts

Mental health experts from the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health recently reported that only a quarter of kids and teens who have psychological disorders or mental health issues receive treatment before or during high school, when the symptoms of many conditions begin to appear.  The commission, meeting with the Senate in response to […]

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Childhood ADHD on the Rise in the US

Mental health experts at the journal JAMA Pediatrics, in a study conducted on patient medical data collected between 2001 and 2010, reported that the number of new cases of childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder increased 24% over 9 years.  The results of the Southern California-based study, which looked at the electronic health records of almost […]

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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 […]

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Time.com Reveals Tips for Sticking to New Years Resolutions

According to Time.com, mental health experts at the University of Scranton have reported some key strategies that can really work when it comes to sticking to New Year’s resolutions this year.  In an interview with mental health professional John Norcross, Professor of Psychology, the magazine outlined the important keys to success when it comes to […]

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Planning Early for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, we’ll soon find ourselves thrown into the busy holiday season, perhaps sooner than expected for some.  For those who are prone to increased anxiety and stress during the holidays, there are some tips that mental health experts at Psych Central recommend, in order to make planned time with family and friends […]

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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 […]

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Jeff Gerritt: A good idea gone bad – Detroit Free Press

Moving the care of thousands of mentally ill people from psychiatric hospitals — some straight out of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” — to the community was the right idea. Community mental health programs are usually more humane and effective — and always less expensive. But even good ideas can turn out bad. The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Heart attack sidelines DPS chief – Detroit Free Press

Region DETROIT John Telford, the superintendent for Detroit Public Schools, was recuperating in a hospital Friday after suffering a heart attack. Telford, 76, said doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak inserted a stent to improve a blocked artery. After three years of powerlessness, the school board gained control over DPS’s academic functions in August, […]

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City Slang: Detroit loves Adam Ant – Detroit Metro Times (blog)

Adam Ant plays the Crofoot in Pontiac tonight. Fucking YES. We can’t hide out excitement for this one. Adam Ant rarely tours and this show was postponed once (originally scheduled for earlier in the year). He has been in and out of treatment for mental health issues, but he’s finally back and clips on Youtube […]

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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 […]

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Parental Alienation and Mental Health

Does parental alienation qualify as a mental health condition?  The American Psychiatric Association says no, deciding against listing the term in its updated edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, according to recent reports.  Despite intense pressure from lobbying groups, psychologists and individual supporters, the updated manual, referred to as “DSM-5”, will […]

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Weight Loss Surgery and the Brain: Taking a Look at Addiction

Researchers at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study atHarvardUniversityrecently gathered to investigate the effects of common weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, on the entire body.  The focus of the research included looking at a link between an increase in addictive behaviors for many individuals post-surgery.  The team specifically looked at […]

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Sexual Behaviors of Youth Victims of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Behaviors of Juvenile Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse

Birmingham Maple Clinic Therapist, Dan O’Neil, MA, LLP, Offers Training About “Sexual Behaviors of Youth Victims of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Behaviors of Juvenile Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse” Dan O’Neil, MALLP, provided training for approximately 85 mental health clinicians at the Easter Seals of Michigan Organization on June 22 and June 29, 2012.  The clinicians […]

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