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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 … Read more

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.    

Mental Health and Minorities: The Numbers Don’t Lie

As we recognize this year’s National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re reminded that mental health care in the US continues to be an important health crisis that affects a large portion of the population.  According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, less than one-half of people with … Read more

How Mindfulness Practice May “Retrain” Your Brain

The concept of mindfulness is widely known in many meditation and yoga practices and describes the process of reaching the state of observing oneself without judgment in order to calm the mind.  Mindfulness is known in many spiritual practices as the highest form of meditation, but many individuals don’t know its full potential for being … Read more

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens on the Rise

A national study has found that teens are misusing and abusing prescriptions drugs at a growing rate – 33% higher since 2008.  The study, released by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation found that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription medication at least once in their lifetime.  Specifically, the study … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Negative Reactions to Daily Stress May Impact Long-Term Psychological Health

A new study led by researchers at UC Irvine has found evidence suggesting that being emotionally balanced in your everyday life may be helpful when it comes to taking steps to minimizing or preventing mental health problems down the road.  The study, led by psychologist Susan Charles, used data from two national surveys to answer … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … 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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

University of Cincinnati Research Finds Teen Boys More Likely Than Girls to Abuse OTC Drugs

According to the University of Cincinnati, there is some new data on teen drug use that may have parents thinking twice about what they keep in the medicine cabinet at home.  The study suggests that as public crackdowns on underage alcohol and tobacco sales have increased throughout the US, teens are turning to OTC drugs … 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

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

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 … 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

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 … Read more

Schizophrenia and Young Men: The Mental Component behind the Colorado Shootings

There are still many questions regarding the tragedy that occurred at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater last month where 12 people were killed and even more were injured in the shootings carried out by 24 year old former medical student, James Holmes.  One of the biggest questions is why was Holmes seeing a campus psychologist … Read more

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 … Read more

Psychological and Medical Health Intertwined

According to the May 2012 edition of Hospital & Health Network, “1 in 4 Americans experiences a mental illness or substance abuse disorder each year” 1 and during their lifetimes, half of all Americans will experience some sort of mental illness, and over one- quarter of Americans will suffer from substance abuse. These statistics are … 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

Overuse of Technology Linked to Changes in Teens Mental Health

Swedish researchers have found that young people who are heavy users of cell phones and computers are at a much higher risk of sleeping problems, stress disorders and other mental health issues.  The study was conducted by the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg and included a sample size of 4,100 individuals between 20-24 … Read more