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Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD brain study finds slower development of key connections

Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD brain study finds slower development of key connections

September 15, 2014

Brain networks to handle internal & external tasks mature more slowly in ADHD ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A peek inside the brains of more than 750 children and teens reveals a key difference in brain architecture between those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without. Kids and teens with ADHD, a new study finds, lag behind others

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Losing a Healing Voice

Losing a Healing Voice

August 12, 2014

The world has lost a beacon of laughter and creativity. Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide yesterday. His tragic death leaves us to struggle with two perplexing caveats: we need better treatments for the underlying causes of most suicides–depressions, bipolar illnesses, substance abuse,

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Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, U-M research finds

Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, U-M research finds

July 28, 2014

Research in rats may help explain how trauma’s effects can span generations ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Babies can learn what to fear in the first days of life just by smelling the odor of their distressed mothers, new research suggests. And not just “natural” fears: If a mother experienced something

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University of Michigan Receives NCAA Grant for Student-Athlete Mental Health Project

University of Michigan Receives NCAA Grant for Student-Athlete Mental Health Project

July 16, 2014

Will Heininger, mental health advocate and former U-M football player. Image credit: Michigan Photography ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It has been said many ways: being a student-athlete is as much about mind as it is about

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President Obama Proclaims May as National Mental Health Awareness Month

President Obama Proclaims May as National Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2, 2014

In a proclamation issued yesterday, President Obama has designated May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In explaining the importance of focusing on mental health and mental illness, Obama emphasized that, “Despite

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Experts propose new approach to manage the most troubling symptoms of dementia, lessen use of drugs

Experts propose new approach to manage the most troubling symptoms of dementia, lessen use of drugs

April 21, 2014

Technique called DICE empowers caregivers, patients & health providers to work together to reduce behavioral problems ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric

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UMHS and addiction community mourns death of Patrick Gibbons, M.S.W., D.O.

UMHS and addiction community mourns death of Patrick Gibbons, M.S.W., D.O.

March 31, 2014

Patrick Gibbons, M.S.W., D.O., an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry as well as a widely known and respected addiction psychiatrist, died suddenly March 26 after a brief illness. His loss is being

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Protecting the brains of Team USA: U-M concussion expert heads to Sochi Olympics

Protecting the brains of Team USA: U-M concussion expert heads to Sochi Olympics

February 5, 2014

Depression Center member Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher to provide neurological care to all American athletes & all NHL players from any country participating in 2014 Olympic Winter Games ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Team USA will soon take to the ice and snow in Sochi, Russia, to compete with the world’s best at

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Depression and cancer: Global connections

Depression and cancer: Global connections

September 11, 2013

Examining the relationship between social support, depression, and cancer in Latin America through research collaborations A team of medical students from the University of Michigan and Universidad San Francisco de Quito is seeking to better understand the influence of social support systems in helping

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Out of sync with the world: Brain study shows body clocks of depressed people are altered at cell level

Out of sync with the world: Brain study shows body clocks of depressed people are altered at cell level

May 14, 2013

Every cell in our bodies runs on a 24-hour clock, tuned to the night-day, light-dark cycles that have ruled us since the dawn of humanity. The brain acts as timekeeper, keeping the cellular clock in sync with the outside world so that it can govern our appetites, sleep, moods and much more. But new research

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