Author Archives: Lauren

Striving to improve therapies for anxiety disorders by studying neurotransmitters

This article appeared in Psychiatric News on July 25, 2013 Cannabinoid modulators may augment extinction learning in exposure-based therapy and prevent the return of fear memories in people with anxiety disorder, according to Christine Rabinak, Ph.D., and Israel Liberzon, M.D. Photo: Aaron Levin, Psychiatric News. For years, researchers have sought ways to enhance the fear extinction

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U-M psychiatric hospital care recognized among nation’s best

The University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers are among America’s best for psychiatric care, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual review of hospitals nationwide. U-M also ranked #1 for psychiatry in the state of Michigan. For the second year in a row, U.S. News rated U-M “high performing” in psychiatry as an

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Declining depression rates among older Americans

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Fewer Americans may be feeling the blues, with rates of depression in people over 50 on the decline, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study. Between 1998 and 2008, rates of severe depression fell among the majority of older adults, especially the elderly, who have historically been a

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Bipolar disorder gene research raises new areas for study

This article appeared in Psychiatric News on June 3, 2013 Melvin McInnis, M.D.: The effects of antipsychotic medication on the brains of patients with bipolar disorder may be as much biological as behavioral. Photo: Aaron Levin, Psychiatric News Melvin McInnis, M.D., developed his interest in bipolar disorder shortly after training at London’s Maudsley Hospital. Bipolar patients

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Developing a dementia treatment tool for caregivers

Aside from memory loss and cognitive impairments, often the most difficult aspect of caring for people with dementia is treating their disruptive changes in behavior. With no reliable medications to treat them and limited information for caregivers regarding alternative therapies, these behavior changes are frequently the source of increased upset, stress and burden to families

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FDA warning on antidepressant may be unwarranted

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s warning that high doses of the antidepressant citalopram can cause potentially serious abnormal heart rhythms might be doing more harm than good. In 2011, the FDA attached a warning to the drug, also known as Celexa, based on data linking higher doses of the drug to potentially fatal abnormal

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Bringing psychiatry and primary care closer together

A unique partnership between U-M psychiatrists and family practice physicians at a community clinic was featured in a recent article in Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association. In this collaborative care model, U-M Psychiatry faculty, assisted by psychiatry residents, a fellow, and medical students, provide consultations and recommendations for ongoing mental health

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Mindfulness therapy may help with combat-related PTSD

Mindfulness exercises that include meditation, stretching, and acceptance of thoughts and emotions might help veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder find relief from their symptoms. A new collaborative study from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System shows that veterans with PTSD who completed an 8-week mindfulness-based group treatment

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