Dr. Sircus is the producer and host of a weekly cable television program Managing the Problems of Daily Living on Bloomfield Community Television. Her mission is to provide tools and strategies to help members of the community cope with areas of concern. Dr. Sircus interviews experts in the fields of drug and alcohol abuse, cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety and depression, treatment of cancer and other illnesses, bereavement, elder care, bipolar disorder, suicide, eating disorders, pregnancy loss, ADHD, physical disabilities, sexual disorders, relationship difficulties, divorce, PTSD, weight loss and self-empowerment, LGBTQ, dialectical behavior therapy, imago relationship therapy, equine therapy, utilizing your creativity to move forward in work and in life, and coping with mental illness.
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Lisa Kaplan, LMSW, Community Education and Children’s Program Community Education Coordinator, Maplegrove Treatment Center, Henry Ford Health System, West Bloomfield, MI, (airing week of August 8, 2016). Alcohol abuse, drug abuse, rehabilitation, codependency, drug and alcohol awareness.
Jordan Maier, MD, Medical Director, and Kathleen Hardy, MSW, clinical social worker, Karmanos' Lawrence and Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center, Farmington Hills, MI, (airing week of August 15, 2016). Cancer treatment, palliative care, radiation oncology, chemotherapy.
Harriet Schiff, author, The Bereaved Parent (airing week of August 22, 2016). Loss of a child, grief, bereavement.
Elder Care with Tracey Proghavnick , Director of Information and Referral, Jewish Senior Life and and Debra Yamstein, Director, Senior Adult Service, Jewish Vocational Services, (airing week of August 29, 2016). Older adults, cognitive decline, dementia, Alzheimer’s, memory clinic, caregiver support.
Care House with Pat Rosen, Executive Director of Care House /Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County, Pontiac, MI (airing week of September 5, 2016). Child abuse and neglect, CASA, child abuse prevention, awareness, and education.
Terri Orbuch PhD, "The Love Doctor", Professor of Sociology, Oakland University, Rochester, MI (airing the week of September 12, 2016). Relationship counseling, marital therapy, strategies to improve your relationship.
Julie McDaniel PhD, Bullying Prevention, Student Engagement Consultant – Social Emotional Learning, Oakland County Schools, (airing the week of September 19, 2016). Definition of bullying, strategies to reduce bullying in school setting, education and awareness.
Diane Orley, Community Mental Health Advocate, and Dr. Stephen Strobbe, Clinical Associate Professor, Specialty Lead, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, University of Michigan School of Nursing (airing the week of September 26, 2016). Bipolar depression, suicide prevention, mental health treatment on college campuses, mental wellness.
Jaime Taylor, DO, Medical Director, and Rosanna Maddox, MS, RN, CPNP, Hough Eating Disorders Clinic, Beaumont Health Systems, Royal Oak, MI (airing week of October 3, 2016), anorexia, bulimia, new treatments for anorexia, Maudsley method.
Suzy Farbman, Author/Blogger, Godsigns, (airing week of October 10, 2016). Holistic approaches to cancer treatment.
Judy Kotzen, MSW, Beaumont Health System, Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Royal Oak, MI (airing week of October 17, 2016). Miscarriage, infertility, birth defects, pregnancy loss, SIDS.
Melvin McInnis MD, Research Director, University of Michigan Depression Center and Heinz Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI and Elizabeth Guz, Mental Wellness Advocate and Owner, Ella Jewelry Designs, Franklin, MI (airing week of October 24, 2016). Bipolar depression, depression, suicide, social rhythm therapy for bipolar disorder.
Sari Solden, MS, LMFT and Michelle Frank, PsyD, Adult ADHD and Women with Attention Deficit Disorder, Inattentive Type, Sari Solden and Associates, Ann Arbor, MI (airing week of October 31, 2016). Adults with ADHD, women and ADHD, strategies for ADHD.
Barbara Winter, Ph.D., Psychologist and Sexologist, Sexual Wellness, Boca Raton, FL (airing week of November 7, 2016). Sexual dysfunction, relationship counseling, marital counseling, sexual wellness.
Mindy Eisenberg, MHSA, E-RYT-500, Adaptive Yoga Therapist and Jodi Ganley, DO, Neurologist, Adaptive Yoga/Mindfulness/Yoga Moves MS (airing week of November 14, 2016). Multiple sclerosis, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, adaptive yoga.
Florine Mark, CEO, Weight Watchers International, Self-Empowerment of Women and Weight Loss (airing week of November 21, 2016). Weight loss, women and business, self empowerment.
Nicole Eisenberg, National Board Member, GLAAD and Joe Kort, Ph.D., Psychologist, LGBTQ (airing week of November 28, 2016). LGBTQ youth and adults, coming out, family response to coming out, LGBTQ advocacy.
Kimber Bishop Yanke and Drew Yanke, M.A. Kids Empowered. Elevating resiliency, self -esteem and bullying prevention with school age children. (airing week of December 5, 2016). Empowerment, bullying prevention, self esteem.
Jean Nemenzik, M.S. Clinical Director and Eric Adelman, Director. Kadima. History, treatment and community based support and housing for the mentally ill. (airing week of December 12, 2016). Schizophrenia, mentally ill adults, mentally ill children, housing for the mentally ill, sheltered workshops, residential care for the mentally ill.
Sonya Friedman, Ph.D., Psychologist, author and broadcast journalist. Women and Aging. (airing week of December 18, 2016). Women and aging, plastic surgery, self enhancement, women in the work force, women’s role in society.
Ronald Taylor, MD, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI and Justice Richard Bernstein, Michigan Supreme Court. Disabilities. (airing week of December 25, 2016). Living with a disability, physical medicine, rehabilitation, physically challenged, empowerment.
Laura Lokers, LMSW, Director, Co-Founder Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI. Cognitive Behavior Therapy of Anxiety Disorders. (airing week of January 1, 2017). Cognitive behavior therapy, CBT, short term therapy, anxiety disorders, OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder, exposure hierarchy, cognitive strategies, tools.
Jorin Rubin, Attorney, and Carol J. Schwartz, Ph.D., Psychologist, Children of Divorce. (airing week of January 8, 2017). High conflict divorce, mediation, child custody, children of divorce, shared custody, guardian ad litem.
Jeffrey Kuentzel, Ph.D., Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Marla Bartoi, Ph.D., Associate Director, Psychological Clinic, Wayne State University, Dialectical Behavior Therapy. (airing week of January 15, 2017). Dialectical behavior therapy, borderline personality disorder, group and individual therapy.
Robert Spencer, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, and Sarah Richards, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, Ann Arbor VA Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, Traumatic Brain Injury/Insomnia, Transitioning/PTSD. (airing week of January 22, 2017). Veterans, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, combat veterans, insomnia, neuropsychology.
Anita Taylor, MA, Licensed Psychologist, Birmingham, MI, Imago Relationship Therapy. (airing week of January 29, 2017). Marital therapy, relationship therapy, imago therapy, active listening, communication.
Kimberly Cardeccia, MS, LPC, Hidden Promise “Confidence Through Connection”, Fenton, MI, Equine Therapy, using equine therapy to gain confidence, diminish anxiety, strengthen medical concerns including scoliosis, socializing those with limited social skills. (airing week of February 5, 2017). Equine therapy, horses, animals, anxiety, autism, physically challenged, disabilities.
Kevin Briggs, “Guardians of the Golden Gate”, Preventing Suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, increasing awareness, education and prevention of suicide. (airing week 0f February 12, 2017). Suicide, depression, mental illness.
Josh Linkner, Best-selling Author, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Jazz Musician, Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers, Using your Creativity to break through complacency and make positive changes in your personal and work lives. (airing week of February 19, 2017). Motivational speaker, innovation, creative, technology start –ups, FUEL Leadership, EPrize.
Eric BeShears, Ph.D., Psychologist, Detroit John Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, MI, Treatment of PTSD for our Returning Veterans, addressing how to help our returning veterans manage their PTSD, substance use and traumatic brain injuries and their possible moral injuries. (airing week of February 26, 2017). Veterans, PTSD, moral injury, combat, suicide, substance use, brain injury.
Episode 31: When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping With Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, And The Problems That Tear Families Apart
Joel Young, MD, Medical Director, Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine, Psychiatrist and Author, When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping With Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, And The Problems That Tear Families Apart, Managing issues that are evoked when your adult child’s mental illness, criminality, violence, or inability to launch to independence and autonomy. (airing week of March 5, 2017). Mental illness, parenting, adult children, launching adult children, cognitive behavior therapy, CBT.
Blythe Spitsbergen, MSW, Executive Director, Care House of Oakland County, and Amy Phillips, MSW, Therapist, Care House. Child Sexual Abuse and Neglect. Discussion of child sexual abuse and neglect, state of the problem, what does it look like, how does it happen, signs and symptoms, education, prevention and awareness. (airing week of March 12, 2017).
Lisa Kaplan, MSW, Program Director, Maplegrove Treatment Center, Henry Ford Health Systems, West Bloomfield, MI. Heroin in the Suburbs. Heroin addiction, prevalence, state of the problem, signs and symptoms of abuse, family response to their addicted child. (airing week of March 19, 2017)
Debra Levine, Ph.D., Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI. Cognitive Behavior Therapy of Social Anxiety Disorder. What is CBT and exposure, definition of social anxiety disorder, impact on individual socially and vocationally? (airing week of March 26, 2017)
University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Todd Sevig, Director and Dr. Christine Asidao, Co-Director Community Outreach. College mental wellness, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, LGBTQ. (airing week of April 2, 2017)
Phillis Mims-Gillum, M.D., Beyond Doctoring, Sexual wellness and obstetrics and gynecology. Sexual dysfunction including loss of libido, aging and sexuality, erectile dysfunction, relationship issues, communication. (airing week of April 9, 2017)
Barry Feldman, M.D., Geriatric Physician, and Tracey Proghavnick, MSW, Information Director, Jewish Senior Life. Older adults and falling. Prevention, modifications, assessment and evaluation, interventions. (airing week of April 16)
Steven Korotkin, M.D., Cardiologist, and Judy Rosenzwieg, Community Member. The psychological impact of heart disease and other heart related diseases. Women and heart disease. Heart disease number one killer for women, higher than all cancer deaths combined. Recognizing signs and symptoms and when to seek treatment or go to an emergency room. Risk factors for coronary heart disease include unmodifiable risk factors (age, gender, family history or unknown) and modifiable and medically treatable risk factors (diabetes, weight, life stress, type A personality/hostility or time pressure, social isolation, depression, sedentary lifestyle, cholesterol/HDL ratio, hypertension, and cigarette smoking). Two thirds of women who die suddenly of heart attack never had symptoms of heart disease. American women are 10 times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Depression associated with increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events including myocardial infarction. Twenty to forty percent of people with a Type D personality (negative affect, dysphoria, worry and tension) are likely to have heart issues.
Ilana Mark, D.V. M., Veterinarian, Deporre Veterinary Hospital, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Psychological, Physiological, Medical and Behavioral Benefits of Pet Ownership. Acupuncture for animals. Benefit of animals to lower blood pressure, stress levels, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness. Pets can increase opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities and socialization. Overall, pets can increase happiness for their owners. Ability of pet ownership to forestall disease and increased health benefits including physical exercise. Pets can help people be calmer, more mindful and more present in their lives. Pet ownership can make children more active, secure and responsible. Pets can also improve the lives of older adults by making them more social and less isolated. Pet ownership saves $11.7 billion in health care costs in the US. There is a lower incidence of physician office visits by pet owners as compared to non-owners. Individuals who walk their dogs 5 or more times a week showed a lower incidence of obesity.
Patrick Hannah, USMC, MSW, Manager, Student Veterans Resource Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI and Dr. Robert Spencer, Ph. D., Chief of Neuropsychology, Ann Arbor VA Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI. Issues with student veterans transitioning from military life to civilian life. Psychological issues and student disabilities. Important to understand the veteran as a single entity versus a cohesive unit. From Mr. Hannah, “We are great winners in groups, but alone veterans struggle with learning how to be an “I’ again. ” He says, “Student veterans look at their professors as their new first sergeant. Surely sitting in a classroom is not as dangerous as being on patrol. ” Mr. Hannah states that “who I was as a civilian, and a military member, is not who I am as a veteran. ” He says that military service changes one’s moral compass. The Wayne State University Veterans Student Resource Center is designed to help student veterans graduate. It is a place where student veterans can connect with other veterans via programs like a battle buddy program and a peer mentoring program. From a student veteran, “this place makes you feel normal and ok. ” Insomnia related psychological and behavioral concerns and cognitive behavioral treatment for insomnia are addressed by Dr. Spencer. Twenty two veterans are killing themselves by suicide every day. Veteran unemployment is nearly twice the national average. One out of every three Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or a combination of the two due to combat trauma. A third of all homeless citizens in America are veterans.
Shenandoah Chefalo Foster Care Survivor, Author, Advocate, Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir, Traverse City, MI. Survivor of the foster care system, college graduate, wife, mother. Life as a foster child one of many housing and school changes. Discussion of resiliency and need for policy changes to facilitate foster children’s success later in life. Training is suggested for foster families prior to children being placed in their homes. Trauma treatment is also recommended for the biological parents relinquishing custody and the children who are being fostered. Importance of CASA workers to the foster children. Ms. Chefalo had a “fairytale ending” in that she survived the foster care system and became a college graduate despite her circumstances. We are told that there are nearly 400,000 children in the foster care system in the United States. Nearly 61% age out of the system without having a place to live. Nearly 50% end up incarcerated with 2 years of aging out. Almost 80% of people on death row are foster foster alumni. Statistically, 3% of foster children attend college, just 1% graduate. One caring adult, Ms. Chefalo’s high school teacher, provided the encouragement and application fee that allowed her to apply to Michigan State University. She had been previously told by her high school counselor that “people like you learn to serve people like me”, that she should not make application to college. Ms. Chefalo provides a revealing account of her circumstances including her history of abuse, depression, and suicidality. The author was involved in a car accident at age 17. She was hospitalized and had no visits from her biological or foster family. Her own mother told her at the time, “if would have been easier if you died in the crash. ” Ms. Chefalo believes that policy changes need to occur that foster the whole family. In addition, she states that “we all have the power to do something. ”
Dr. Manuel Tancer, M.D., psychiatrist, Detroit Medical Center and University Physician Group, Detroit, MI. Psychiatric medication including anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, ADD medication, anti-anxiety medications. How to know when to medicate, importance of a thorough evaluation to rule out a medical problem and or possible drug interactions and impact of a medical illness on a psychiatric concern. One in sux adults in US reported taking a psychiatric drug such as an antidepressant or sedative. One in 10 adults reported taking prescription drugs for “problems with emotions, nerves or mental health. ” Ninety thousand adults in US visit emergency rooms each year for side effects of prescription drugs. Drugs cannot “cure” mental illness. It is important that psychiatrist make a dynamic diagnosis to include a patient’s personality and conflicts. Psychiatrists need to be prudent about prescribing medications for adolescents and young adults who may have difficulty adapting to typical events of those phases of life. Psychotherapy is important to help the teens and young adults manage those transitions. Medication should be prescribed for a limited amount of time if possible. Emotional attachments to medication can be problematic in addition to their many side effects.
Dr. Joseph Himle, Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Mr. Jeffrey Kukes, Director, Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety, Boca Raton, FL. Social anxiety disorder – evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and a future focus. Forty million people in the US have anxiety. Eighteen percent of all adults in the US aged 18-54 experience extreme worry, fears, phobias, panic attacks, and anguish with the hope of getting better. Thirty six percent of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 years or more. Comorbity with a substance is 45%. Transitions are more difficult for people with social anxiety disorder. Social anxiety disorder is treatable. Treatment can include cognitive behavior therapy, exposure and social skills training for social anxiety disorder. Future focus to include earlier diagnosis and intervention, education for clinicians on evidence based research and better treatment protocols, making treatment more accessible and affordable for sufferers. Nearly 50% of people diagnosed with depression also have an anxiety disorder. Mission of the Kukes Foundation is to educate, increase awareness and increase availability for treatment of social anxiety disorder and mitigate the pain sufferers are experiencing. Andy Kukes was a young who suffered with social anxiety disorder for years. He was in treatment but he was never diagnosed. The distress Andy experienced ultimately led him to take his life by suicide.
The Honorable Kimberly Small, 48th District Court, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Drunk and Impaired Driving – Prevention and Consequences. School based learning opportunities for middle school students with court cases featuring real offenders educating our young people. Judge Small has two programs for the schools called “Critical Life Choices” and “Cool to be Clean” in her efforts to educate and increase awareness for our school age children. These programs help our youth to think very seriously about the possible outcome for driving while impaired and also about what they want for themselves for their future. Discussion of drunk driving and impaired driving offenses and their consequences. Emphasizing the importance of protecting the greater community from impaired drivers. There are 12-15,000 deaths from drunk driving in the US each year. Over 750.000 people are injured from drunk drivers in the US annually. Drugs other than alcohol are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes. Marijuana use is increasing and 13% of nighttime weekend drivers have marijuana in their systems. Marijuana users were 25% more likely to be involved in a crash versus drivers with no evidence of marijuana use, however, age and gender may account for increased crash risk among marijuana users. Multiple factors contribute to one’s blood alcohol concentration or BAC including gender, drinking on an empty stomach, how quickly one is drinking, proportion of body fat, metabolic rate, level of fatigue, percentage of alcohol in the beverage, type of alcohol – if fizzy it is absorbed more rapidly, size of the container, and amount of time since one’s last drink.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post Traumatic Growth (PTG). Whitney Dominick, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, Leah McDarmid, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, Eric BeShears, Ph. D., John Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, MI. Definition of PTSD and PTG and their relationship, personal values and their impact on PTG, animals and animal assisted therapy, how to foster resilience. Retreats for combat veterans to help them deal with past traumas while also discovering their underlying strength, forging connections with others and finding ways to give back. Developing techniques for optimistic thinking.
When the Doctor Becomes the Patient. Jeffrey Forman, M.D., Medical Director of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network of Michigan. Dr. Forman, an internationally renowned radiation oncologist, has recently been diagnosed and treated with a rare form of cancer. His journey of recovery has allowed him to achieve a new level of empathy for his patients and others. Dr. Forman noted that the spirituality or religiosity of a patient can be helpful to a patient’s experience of an illness. Discussion included empathy training for physicians to impact on their response to their diagnoses, their experience of their illness and possibly their medical outcome and recovery process. Examples of skills addressed in an empathy training course for physicians include: improving listening skills, maintaining eye contact with the patient, sitting down as opposed to standing over a patient, don’t engage in a monologue of medical terminology, paying attention to your tone of voice, scheduling the patient for the end of the day and not allowing interruptions, and finding out what the patient is most concerned about.
Your Defiant Teen. Arthur Robin, Ph. D., Psychologist, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Dr. Robin is the former training director of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, dept. of psychology. He is the author of several books about ADHD and parenting utilizing behavioral principles. Dr. Robin outlined strategies for parents to address conflicts and arguments between parents and adolescents. He tells how to create a more positive atmosphere in the home for parents and teens. Discussion included negotiable and non-negotiable issues, how to improve communication for parents and teens, the faulty beliefs that teens and parents have about their relationship and how they can change this, and how parents can deal with their teens when they act too entitled.
Communication 101 for Relationships. Evan West, Psy. D., Psychologist, Livonia, MI. Learning your partner’s love language or rather, how they express their regard and concern for you. How to enhance your current relationship and increase the satisfaction and communication for you and your partner.
A Single Soul. Rabbi Daniel Syme of Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI and the Single Soul Foundation and Gigi Columbini of the Institute for Hope and Flourishing, Birmingham, MI. How to recognize signs and symptoms of depression that may be leading individuals to contemplate suicide. How and when to refer for treatment. What individual friends and family members can do to help.
Transition from Rehabilitation. Dr. Ronald Taylor, Chief of Beaumont Hospital’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Deanna Duncan Sarvis, Medical Social Worker, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI. What issues are created when you are experiencing an illness or accident that affects your previous level of functioning? Feelings of a loss of control, frustration, depression, hopelessness and helplessness can be generated. One’s economics or earning potential can be affected. Sometimes people are unable to live independently anymore and other living arrangements must be decided upon.
Stories from the Holocaust. Lori Weisberg, Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education, Docent, Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills, MI and Rose Handelman, Child of Survivors. We learn about individual’s journeys through the horrors of the Holocaust and for some their survivial. Highlights include a biographical video of Henrietta Weisberg who lost most of her family in the genocide. Rose Handelman told stories of her mother’s experience including the loss of her first husband and infant daughter. Insight into how these survivors managed the atrocities and how they are living their lives present day.