Department of Psychiatry E-Newsletter
January 2019 edition
Greetings and Happy New Year,
A new year brings fresh perspective and energy. But before we look ahead I'd like to take a few moments to reflect upon some of our wonderful successes this past year.
In 2018, the department welcomed 30 new faculty members. Our new faculty members are experts in addiction, women's & infant mental health, emergency services, sleep, neuropsychology, and more. Visit our faculty listing to learn more about our growing team. Additionally, we recently learned that the department was ranked #13 in funded award dollars received from the NIH in FY18, up four spots from FY17.
Below, I invite you to scroll through some highlighted news items that came out over the last few months of 2018. Additionally, we released our annual printed newsletter in October, you can read it here in case you missed it.
Best wishes for a wonderful 2019,
Gregory W. Dalack, M.D.
Fogarty Center Sends U-M Psychiatry Fellows to Ghana for Mental Health Research
A few months into their yearlong research projects in Ghana, U-M Medical School Psychiatry Fellows Heidi Burns, M.D., and Nakita Natala, M.D., are feeling right at home and moving forward with their respective studies. Click the link above to learn about what they have been up to.
1 in 4 older adults prescribed a benzodiazepine goes on to risky long-term use, study finds
A new study published in September in JAMA Internal Medicine led by a team from U-M, the VA and the University of Pennsylvania looked at benzodiazepine use by low-income older adults in a Pennsylvania program that helps with drug costs. The findings point to a strong need for better education of healthcare providers, and the public, about the risks associated with these drugs.
Stuck in a Loop of "Wrongness': Brain Study Shows Roots of OCD
By studying hundreds of brain scans, Department of Psychiatry researchers identify abnormalities common to people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. New research conducted by faculty members Kate Fitzgerald, M.D., Stephan Taylor, M.D. and postdoctoral research fellow Luke Norman, Ph.D., finds that the brains of OCD patients get stuck in a loop of "wrongness" that prevents sufferers from stopping behaviors even if they know they should.
What more could we do to prevent veteran suicides? Survey reveals clues
Most veterans in VA mental health care approve of voluntary programs to reduce gun access during high-risk periods, including screening by clinicians and more intensive measures. The results of the survey of 660 veterans polled at five VA centers around the country were published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry by a team led by Marcia Valenstein, M.D., M.S., professor emeritus of the department.
Addiction Center Helps Individuals Get on the Road to Recovery
Across the U.S., more than 20 million people are affected by substance use disorder. Issues can range from opioid addiction to alcohol use disorder to illicit drug use. A new feature story published this fall in Michigan Medicine Headlines describes how the department's Addiction Center offers outpatient treatment, research and educational services, all focusing on substance abuse.
Opioids Fueled a Doubling of Suicides and Overdoses in the U.S.
Turning the tide demands improvements to pain care, mental health care and medication-assisted opioid addiction care, say faculty members Drs. Amy Bohnert and Mark Ilgen. Learn more about this new study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
More than half of people taking cannabis for chronic pain report driving while high
More than half of people who take medical cannabis for chronic pain say they’ve driven under the influence of cannabis within two hours of using it, at least once in the last six months, according to a new study published in Drug & Alcohol Dependence. The study, conducted by a team of researchers from the U-M Addiction Center calls for the need of formal guidelines on the use of recreational cannabis.
Recent Michigan Medicine Blog Coverage
Why Pediatricians Should Screen for Depression in Young Patients
New guidelines addressing adolescent mental health as part of routine primary care offer many benefits, says Dr. Nasuh Malas, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry.
Why It's So Difficult to Recover from Substance Use Disorders
Impacted by genetics and life experience, addiction varies by individual. Learn about biological factors that make substance use recovery hard and treatments to help from Dr. Jonathan Morrow, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry.
How Anxiety Can Fuel a Panic Attack - and What to Do Next
Episodes of racing heart, shakiness or nausea, among other things, are normal responses to fear or danger. Learn more about reaction strategies and prevention from Dr. Elizabeth Duval, assistant professor of psychiatry.
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Highlighted Faculty and Staff members "In the News"
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