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U-M Department of Psychiatry Research News

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Podcast: What Causes Stuttering

Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, discusses what brain research tells us or suggests regarding the structure and function of the brains of people who stutter, deficits in white matter tracts, how stuttering may relate to lysosomal dysfunction, persistency and recovery, how the right and left hemispheres interact and much more. Click here for more - read more

Personalized screen to identify suicidal teens in 14 ERs

Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide  (ED-STARS), a recently-launched study in a network of hospital emergency departments (EDs) across the country, will develop and test a personalized, computer-based suicide risk screening tool for teenagers. “We plan to refine algorithms capable of predicting which youth are most likely to attempt suicide. We will use […] - read more

Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD brain study finds slower development of key connections

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 with ADHD, a new study finds, […] - read more

Depression mystery: U-M team seeks to figure out why magnets work for some

People with depression being enrolled in new study of TMS treatment ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A depression treatment based on magnetic fields, not medications, appears to help many patients who don’t respond to other options. But no one really knows what it does to the brain – or why it works for some people. Now, a University […] - read more

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

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 of Michigan team reports. While the […] - read more

Brain imaging reveals dynamic changes caused by pain medicines

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 images allow researchers to see pain medicines at work in fibromyalgia patients. University of Michigan researchers are the first to use brain imaging procedures to track the […] - read more

Beard and Seyfried earn top honors from Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

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 Care Providers on Medical-Surgical Floors? A Retrospective Chart Review. Seyfried is the director […] - read more

Prioritizing military family mental health

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 communities with the support of new funding from the Flinn Foundation. HomeFront Strong, or HFS, is an eight-week, group-based, mental health program grounded in evidence-based strategies […] - read more

Akil receives national award for outstanding research

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 Michigan Health System, and faculty at the U-M Medical […] - read more

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

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 of the teens and young adults treated in […] - read more