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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 drugs in this population, and make life easier

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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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Brain imaging reveals dynamic changes caused by pain medicines

Brain imaging reveals dynamic changes caused by pain medicines

December 4, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A study in the December issue of Anesthesiology suggests a role for brain imaging in the assessment and potential treatment of chronic pain. Brain

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Beard and Seyfried earn top honors from Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Beard and Seyfried earn top honors from Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013 At the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s annual meeting this week, Kristine Beard, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W., and Lisa Seyfried, M.D., took home first prize for their poster, Are Patients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Responsible for the Perpetration of Violence Towards

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Prioritizing military family mental health

Prioritizing military family mental health

November 12, 2013

HomeFront Strong, a University of Michigan Depression Center program for military spouses that focuses on building resilience and coping skills, will expand its reach into several additional southeast Michigan

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Military mentality, vulnerable veterans

Military mentality, vulnerable veterans

November 11, 2013

Veterans’ issues get special focus during Veterans Day week, but Dr. Michael Seyffert focuses on the brains of our recently returned service men and women, and veterans from past conflicts, all year round. He’s in the last year of psychiatry training at U-M, after more than a decade in practice as

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Akil receives national award for outstanding research

Akil receives national award for outstanding research

November 4, 2013

November 2, 2013 ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A neuroscientist who probes the intersection between brain biology and mental health, and a physician who has led national health care change for decades, today received top national awards for their achievements. Both are leaders at the University of

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ER study finds prescription painkillers, sedatives misused by 1 in 10 older teens

ER study finds prescription painkillers, sedatives misused by 1 in 10 older teens

October 29, 2013

With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels nationwide, and overdoses killing more people than auto accidents in many states, a new University of Michigan study provides striking new data about the misuse of potent prescription painkillers and sedatives by teens and young adults. In all, 10.4 percent

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‘Top Docs’ list for 2013 includes eight from Psychiatry

‘Top Docs’ list for 2013 includes eight from Psychiatry

October 17, 2013

Several physicians from the Department of Psychiatry were among those honored by Hour Detroit Magazine in its annual “Top Docs” special issue for 2013. Among the 31 doctors selected from the U-M Health System were eight individuals from Psychiatry: Kirk Brower, M.D., and Patrick Gibbons, D.O. (Addiction) Helen

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