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UMHS opens expanded ECT facility to help more people with severe depression and more

UMHS opens expanded ECT facility to help more people with severe depression and more

July 6, 2016

A new mental health treatment unit in University Hospital South will expand the availability of a highly-effective therapy for people with severe forms of depression and other illnesses. On July 11, the Department of Psychiatry will open its new location for electroconvulsive

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Marijuana use dampens brain’s response to reward over time, U-M study finds

Marijuana use dampens brain’s response to reward over time, U-M study finds

July 6, 2016

Changes may increase risk of continued drug use and addiction ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Most people would get a little ‘rush’ out of the idea that they’re about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you’d see lots of activity in the part of the brain that

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Mary Blazek, MD, MEH and collaborators receive the Scholarly Publications Award from ADMSEP

Mary Blazek, MD, MEH and collaborators receive the Scholarly Publications Award from ADMSEP

June 21, 2016

Mary Blazek, MD Mary Blazek, MD, MEHP, clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and director of the U-M Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic, received the Scholarly Publications Award at the Association of Directors

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Training the Brains That Explore the Brain

Training the Brains That Explore the Brain

June 7, 2016

A panel of neuroscientists says action is needed to drive research on brain-based disease and behavior while helping young neuroscientists prepare for careers in academia, industry and beyond. Call them the

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Addressing Mental Illness in the Workplace with the Ross School of Business

Addressing Mental Illness in the Workplace with the Ross School of Business

May 17, 2016

The newsroom is a stressful workplace that requires long hours, night shifts and being ‘tuned in’ to world events 24/7. Research has suggested that anywhere from four to 28 percent of journalists have suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) over the course of their careers, and a 2001

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Celebrating a dynamic duo in the Department of Psychiatry’s ECT unit during Nurses Week 2016

Celebrating a dynamic duo in the Department of Psychiatry’s ECT unit during Nurses Week 2016

May 10, 2016

Jan McWethy and Brad Packard have worked as a team on the unit since 1999 Brad Packard and Jan McWethy have been on the nursing staff with the U-M Department of Psychiatry’s ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) program since 1999. Brad

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The Battle Against Depression: Let’s Talk About It

The Battle Against Depression: Let’s Talk About It

May 6, 2016

Lee Woodruff, Co-Founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation shares a message about veteran mental health here Veterans to be honored during event over Memorial Day weekend Depression is common – really common.

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Dr. Monica Starkman, professor emeritus publishes novel based on career in psychiatry

Dr. Monica Starkman, professor emeritus publishes novel based on career in psychiatry

April 27, 2016

End of Miracles book cover Dr. Monica Starkman is a proud alum of U-M Medical School, class of 1963. For many decades Dr. Starkman pursued her primary passions, with a long and fulfilling career of NIH-funded research;

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Who gets hooked on drugs & who stays clean? Study in rats finds genetic markers that influence addiction

Who gets hooked on drugs & who stays clean? Study in rats finds genetic markers that influence addiction

April 27, 2016

Differences in vulnerability to cocaine addiction and relapse linked to both inherited traits and epigenetics, U-M researchers find ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Why does one person who tries cocaine get addicted, while another might use it and then leave it alone? Why do some people who kick a drug habit manage

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Taking the fight against risky pain pill use to the ER: Study shows promise

Taking the fight against risky pain pill use to the ER: Study shows promise

April 19, 2016

Long-lasting effect of motivational interviews in reducing risky opioid use ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As America battles an epidemic of deaths from misused pain pills, a new study suggests an inexpensive way to cut risky use of these drugs by people who have a high chance of overdosing. And it could happen

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