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U-M part of effort to study genetics of two mental health disorders

U-M part of effort to study genetics of two mental health disorders

October 1, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Medical School and collaborators at two other institutions will undertake the largest whole genome sequencing study

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Personalized screen to identify suicidal teens in 14 ERs

Personalized screen to identify suicidal teens in 14 ERs

September 25, 2014

Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide  (ED-STARS), a recently-launched study in a network

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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

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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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Dr. Kenneth Silk discusses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Chicago Tribune

Dr. Kenneth Silk discusses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Chicago Tribune

June 2, 2014

Dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT), developed for people who struggle from severe mental illness and pervasive suicidal thoughts, is branching out beyond borderline personality disorder to treat other mental health issues. Gaining traction with mainstream psychology, DBT includes elements of acceptance

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May, 2014: Postpartum Depression Awareness Month

May, 2014: Postpartum Depression Awareness Month

May 20, 2014

Did you know that May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month in the state of Michigan?  May, 2014 has been proclaimed Postpartum Depression Awareness Month by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. For many women and their families, pregnancy and the birth of a child are times of joy and celebration. However,

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Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

May 8, 2014

Subtle changes could act as early warning of need for care, U-M research suggests ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person’s voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University

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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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