Michigan Medicine Blog Posts

The following blogs were originally published on the Michigan Health Lab blog or Michigan Health blog. Each blog features a Department of Psychiatry faculty or staff member expert. Read through the pieces below to learn about recent work being conducted within the department.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction in Medical Professionals

Licensed medical professionals face just as much risk of a substance use disorder as the general population, and they have a higher likelihood of opioid misuse, says Edward Jouney, D.O., an addiction psychiatrist and clinical instructor with University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services.


Do You Have a Drinking Problem? 11 Warning Signs to Know

Doctors consider multiple factors when gauging a patient’s alcohol issues and advising proper treatment. Dr. Anne Fernandez, assistant professor, explains the approach.

39% of Americans More Anxious Today Than This Time Last Year

Although anxiety is rising across all age groups and demographic categories, there are notable distinctions among certain groups. Faculty member Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D. authored this article which looks at why Americans are becoming more anxious about their safety, health, finances, politics and relationships.

ECT Emerges as Cost-Effective for Treatment-Resistant Depression

After two other depression treatment options fail to give relief, a new analysis suggests patients and providers may want to look to electroconvulsive therapy. A new study conducted by faculty members Daniel Maixner, M.D. and Kara Zivin, Ph.D., suggests that ECT — which today uses far milder electrical impulses than it did decades ago — should be more available to patients who have tried two other types of treatment, such as antidepressant medications and talk therapy, and are seeking a third option.

Chronic Pain Therapy Group Eases Coping, Conversation

A new program aims to teach patients about alternate and effective ways to deal with discomfort, and to find strength in each other. Each week, a group of patients comes together to talk about chronic pain. Their stories, once private, share a common thread out in the open. Faculty member Dr. Mark Ilgen was interviewed for this blog.

When Raised Among Drug and Alcohol Abuse, What Makes Some Teens ‘Resilient’?

Children with a family history of substance use are likely to mimic addictive behaviors. Meghan Martz, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan Addiction Center studied kids’ brain activity to see why certain youths do not.

Camp Helps Kids with Anxiety Learn Coping Skills (and Have Fun, Too)

Kate Fitzgerald, M.D., associate professor; Maria Muzik, M.D., associate professor; and Kate Rosenblum, Ph.D., clinical professor, were featured in blog about the department’s ‘Camp Kid Power’ which was developed to help young children overcome anxiety.

New Doctors' Intense, Changing Schedules Take a Toll, Study Shows

Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D, the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences was interviewed about his pilot study and research that was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine illustrating the effect of the medical intern year.

Efforts to Curb Risky Sedative Use in Older Patients Brings Progress, Challenges

A new study conducted by Donovan Maust, M.D., assistant professor finds that steps to reduce prescriptions of a class of drugs that poses special hazard for older people are working. But many at-risk patients still receive them.

One Patient’s Mission to Shatter Psych Ward Stigmas

One Patient’s Mission to Shatter Psych Ward Stigmas

A range of treatments, including inpatient stays, helped a young woman regain control of her life. By sharing her experience, she hopes to reach others in need.  

High Schoolers Can Shift Peers' Attitudes About Depression, Study Shows

Sagar Parikh, M.D., the John F. Greden Professor of Depression and Clinical Neuroscience and professor of psychiatry was quoted in a news release and blog regarding a publication about the U-M Depression Center’s Peer-to-Peer program. The program found that student-led depression education program boosts other students’ knowledge and awareness regarding mental health.

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How to Talk to Children and Teens About Suicide: A Guide for Parents

Cheryl King, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and a leading expert in child and adolescent suicide prevention, emphasized the need for a community approach and an open line of communication for families in this blog.

Michigan Medicine hosted a Facebook Live chat on this topic in February 2018. View the chat, featuring clinical assistant professors in the Department of Psychiatry Polly Gipson, Ph.D., and Cynthia Ewell Foster, Ph.D. here.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: What's Available, What Works

Dr. Jonathan Morrow, assistant professor, was interviewed for the piece and discussed the therapies available to treat an opioid use disorder.

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After Searching 12 Years for Bipolar Disorder's Cause, a Team Concludes It Has Many

A long-term study in more than 1,100 people yields a new seven-factor framework that could help patients, clinicians and researchers. This new research comes out of our Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program.

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5 Easy Ways to Parent with Purpose

To care for their children, moms and dads must also take care of themselves. Dr. Kate Rosenblum, clinical professor of psychiatry, who was featured said, "Practicing self-care can help make you a better parent by acting as a model for your kids."

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Taking Care of Someone with Dementia? Take Care of Yourself, Too

Help is available to manage the stress of caregiving. A leader of the U-M poll that recently surveyed dementia caregivers shares some of the top places to turn. The department's Program for Positive Aging was referenced.

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