Even as doctors across America encourage their patients to share concerns about depression, anxiety and other concerns, so they can get help from modern treatments, a new study suggests the doctors may be less likely to seek help for those same concerns about themselves.
Can stem cells help reveal the roots of mental illness, and open the door to better treatment? A team of University of Michigan scientists who have helped pioneer this approach will now work with researchers around the country, in a $15 million national effort to take the research to a new level.
Why does one person who tries cocaine get addicted, and another does not? Why do some people who kick a drug habit stay clean, but others relapse? The answers to these questions may have a lot to do with specific genetic factors that vary from individual to individual, a new study in rats suggests.
Want to know if your child’s height and weight are on track? Check the growth chart that the doctor gives you after each yearly checkup. Want to know if your child’s brain is on track for healthy attention abilities? Someday, your doctor might have a growth chart for that too, thanks to U-M research.
Like an endlessly repeating video loop, horrible memories plague people with post-traumatic stress disorder. But a new study in veterans shows the promise of mindfulness training for enhancing the ability to manage those thoughts if they come up. It also shows the veterans’ brains changed in ways that could help switch off that endless loop.
People with depression or bipolar disorder often feel their thinking ability has gotten “fuzzy”, or less sharp than before their symptoms began. Now, researchers have shown in a very large study that effect is indeed real – and rooted in brain activity differences that show up on advanced brain scans.
Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report.
Researchers at the U-M School of Public Health and Medical School and collaborators at two other institutions will undertake the largest whole genome sequencing study funded to date, as they seek to better understand bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
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. Those with ADHD, U-M research finds, lag behind others of the same age in how quickly their brains form connections within, and between, key brain networks.
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 U-M team will try to find out, with a new study that’s now open for certain depressed people to join.
Babies can learn what to fear in the first days of life just by smelling the odor of their distressed mothers, new U-M research suggests. And not just “natural” fears: If a mother experienced something before pregnancy that made her fear something specific, her baby will quickly learn to fear it too -- through the odor she gives off when she feels fear.
A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their caregivers
HomeFront Strong, a U-M 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.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” goes the playground rhyme that’s supposed to help children endure taunts. But a new study suggests that there’s more going on inside our brains when someone snubs us – and that the brain may have its own way of easing social pain.
Every cell in our bodies runs on a 24-hour clock, tuned to the night-day, light-dark cycles that have ruled us since the dawn of humanity. But new U-M led research shows that the clock may be broken in the brains of people with depression -- even at the level of the gene activity inside their brain cells.
Every day, millions of people with bipolar disorder take medicines that help keep them from swinging into manic or depressed moods. But just how these drugs produce their effects is still a mystery. Now, a new U-M study of brain tissue helps reveal what might actually be happening.
A pair of U-M mental health researchers who are partners in both research and life have won a prestigious national prize for their studies on the biological roots of emotions, mental illness and substance abuse.
Three University of Michigan researchers are among the 96 recipients of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.