Bright Nights Community Forum: Stress: How It Affects Your Brain And How To Manage It

This event was held on October 2, 2012 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Stress is part of everyday life. There are many instances when it can be helpful, but stress can also have the opposite effect, harming our emotional and physical health, and limiting the ability to function at home, at work, and within relationships. Bodies react to stress by releasing hormones to help cope, but this also takes energy away from other brain functions.

To provide practical strategies for managing stress and greater understanding of the neuroscience of stress mechanisms, the U-M Depression Center presents this Bright Nights Community Forum. Brian Mickey, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a member of the U-M Depression Center, will outline the interaction between stress and the brain, and what we can to do help reduce the negative effects of stress. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts, including JoAnn Heap, LMSW, U-M Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center, Elizabeth Koschmann, PhD, U-M Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center, and Lynn Sipher, LMSW, LMFT, ACSW, a clinician in private practice in Ann Arbor.

For more information on the Depression Center, visit their website at, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or

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