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  • Jul 7, 2017

    Family Caregiver Study

    Are you over the age of 18 and the caregiver of a person with bipolar disorder?

    If so, you may be interested in participating in our research study, which is looking at caregiver stress and health. Participation in the study involves completing a survey asking about your knowledge of bipolar disorder, current coping methods, stress level, and health status. We will also evaluate your heart rate by applying two small sensors to your forearms that will be connected to a small computerized device; this will only take a few minutes and is non-invasive.

    There are 3 data collection sessions, each lasting 45 minutes to one hour, and spaced 6 months apart. In addition, and you may also receive one of several interventions aimed at reducing your stress and improving your health. Each intervention lasts four weeks and is administered between the first and second surveys. The family member with bipolar disorder will not be asked to supply any information for this study. Study participants will be compensated for their time.

    For more information or to enroll in the study, please call the Family Caregiver Study at 216-368-8848.

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  • Aug 31, 2016

    Dr. Keming Gao Writes on Differential Diagnosis and Suicide Risk

    In this article for Psychiatric Times, Keming Gao, MD, PhD, Clinical Director of Mood Disorders Program, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, explains the importance of differentiating between unipolar depression (MDD) and bipolar disorder. This article is one of three in a special report dealing with the assessment and management of comorbidities and suicidalities in patients with a mood disorder.

  • Apr 23, 2016

  • Mar 4, 2016

    Becky Weintraub and Dr. Solomon Zaraa at Wizard World Convention

    Becky Weintraub and Dr. Solomon Zaraa were at the Wizard World Convention recently and spoke with the Plain Dealer’s “Minister of Culture,” Michael Heaton, who was there to report on the gathering of wizards, super heroes, and fantasy characters from comics and television. Dr. Zaraa and Ms. Weintraub were there to recruit for a clinical trial on adult autism.  Read the full article here.

  • Feb 17, 2016

    Dr. Calabrese Moderates a Screening and Panel Discussion - "Touched with Fire"

    Joseph R. Calabrese, MD, Director, Mood Disorders Program, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center cordially invites you to a Special Screening of:

    Touched With Fire

    "Touched with Fire" stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby, two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense driving each other's mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.

    Inspired by the filmmaker's own struggles overcoming bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored his feature film debut. The film also includes performances by Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Bruce Altman with a cameo by Kay Jamison, author of the book "Touched with Fire," the definitive work on creativity and madness. The film is produced by Jeremy Alter and Kristina Nikolova and executive produced by Spike Lee.

    "Touched with Fire" takes the audience on an authentic journey through the highs and lows of bipolar disorder and how it impacts not only individuals but their friends, families and work life. It is an outstanding film that offers a holistic portrayal of mental health and provides audiences with an inside look into one of the nation’s most discussed and least understood mental health conditions.

    Screening and Panel Discussion

    Wednesday, February 17, 2015

    LOCATION: Case Western Reserve University Strosacker Auditorium 2125 Adelbert Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

    • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm - Arrival and Welcome
    • 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm - Screening (Free)
    • 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm - Q&A with Panelists

    MODERATOR: Joseph R. Calabrese, MD

    PANELISTS: John R. Climaco, J.D., Danette Conklin, Ph.D., Scott Kuhn, Loree Vick

    RSVP to or 216-844-2865 by February 15, 2016

  • Jan 27, 2016

    Sheryl Kingsberg, Ph.D. and USPSTF Advisory on Depression Screening

    When asked to comment on on the US Preventative Service Task Force's recommendation on depression screening for pregnant and post-partum women, Dr. Kingsberg concurred with the recommendation, and commented on the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy plus medication. Read more about the recommendation and see the opinions of others in this MedPage Today.

  • Dec 10, 2015

    Residents Awais Aftab, MD and Samantha Latorre, MD, Publish in Directions in Psychiatry

    Awais Aftab, MD and Samantha Latorre, MD, residents in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, are two of the three authors of a CME lesson published in Directions in Psychiatry. The lesson, entitled “Psychiatric Disorders and Psychotropic Treatment in the Postpartum Period,” covers the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in post- partum mothers, the negative effects of psychiatric illness on mothers and infants, and safety concerns regarding the use of psychotropic medication during lactation.

  • Dec 6, 2015

    Asenapine for Bipolar Disorder

    Dr. Tom Scheidemantel, resident in the Geriatric Psychiatry Program, is one of the authors of an article that appeared in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, an open access Dove Press journal. The article reports on a study of an antipsychotic drug which has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of schizophrenia and Bipolar I disease.

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  • Sep 8, 2015

    Kathleen Clegg, MD is Appointed to Community Police Commission

    Dr. Kathleen Clegg, Director of Community and Public Psychiatry, has been appointed to a 4-year term on the new Community Police Commission in Cleveland. The purpose of the13-member commission is to make policy recommendations to the police chief on policies and practices that can help strengthen relations between police officers and the communities they serve. You can read the entire Plain Dealer article here.

  • Feb 23, 2015

    Dr. McVoy Comments in Psychiatric News About ADHD Diagnosis

    Researchers at the NIMH reproted on a study which supports the new DSM V age-of-onset criteria for ADHD. According to Dr. McVoy, “The study shows what clinicians have known—that children and adolescents who receive a diagnosis of ADHD at age 12 have significant morbidity associated with the disorder and that the clinical impact is no different for those diagnosed at a younger age." 

  • Jan 13, 2015

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  • Aug 13, 2014

    Robin Williams' Death Promotes Discussion About Suicide

    The news of Robin Williams' death has brought the issue of suicide prevention into focus. The University Hospitals Case Medical Center is hoping the spotlight on suicide will prompt people to get the help they need, before it's too late. In this news segment, Dr. Calabrese, Director of the Mood Disorders Program, reminds viewers that depression is a treatable disease. 

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