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Rogers is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital, nationally recognized for specialty residential treatment programs for eating disorders, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders for children, teens and adults.

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August 30, 2011 - 9:42am

Dr. MIllerPatients at the Herrington Recovery Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a physician who is helping to re-define addiction medicine, leading the way to help make scientifically tested treatment the standard of care for everyone looking to break free of an addiction.

Herrington's patients already receive the forward-thinking approach being championed by Michael M. Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, the center's medical director. The way he talks about treatment is already framed around the biological, spiritual and societal natures of addiction medicine.

He's also working to bring it to the world. In the past week, Dr. Miller has appeared more than thirty times in various news reports on the changing face of addictions, in publications like USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the L.A. Times, and the Toronto Sun.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine announced last week that they would be adopting a definition of addiction that will move the focus of addiction treatment away from one based on external behaviors.

"Addiction is about a lot more than people behaving badly," said Dr. Miller. "At its core, addiction isn't just a social problem or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It's about underlying neurology, not outward actions."

Speaking on a radio talk show in Baltimore, Miller said: "The brains of people with addiction are really functioning differently than the brains of people who don't have addiction," he said. "What this definition does is say that [addiction is] a chronic disease, it is a bio-psycho-social condition, and that it's going to take time to recover.

"Treatment is very effective when it comes in the proper dose and duration."

Rogers is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital, nationally recognized for specialty residential treatment programs for addiction, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety for children, teens and adults. To begin an admission or referral, request a screening online.

August 12, 2011 - 1:51pm

Miller named ‘Outstanding Clinician” by Addiction ProfessionalMichael M. Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, medical director of the Herrington Recovery Center, was selected to receive Addiction Professional’s 2011 Outstanding Clinician Award.

In addition to his active role as an advocate for addiction medicine, Dr. Miller  is an outstanding clinician. This is not news to the patients and families who have found treatment at Rogers’ Herrington Recovery Center. Dr. Miller is very much involved in the ongoing treatment of Herrington’s patients.  From the article at Addiction Professional:

“I want to know who the people are in [patients'] lives,” Miller says. “In this field you have people estranged from their family of origin, people who have not a lot of friends and whose network is constructed with other active addicts. … I try to do my initial interviews with the family present.”

You can read the article online, and an in-depth profile of Dr. Miller appears in the print version of the July-Aug. edition of Addiction Professional, which will be distributed at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders in September.

The Herrington Recovery Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive, confidential treatment for substance-use disorders in a modern and comfortable environment.

August 5, 2011 - 2:41pm

Jacobi and Eken SpeakThe medical leadership team from  Rogers Memorial Hospital's Child Center, Stephanie Eken, MD, Medical Director and David Jacobi, PhD,  clinical supervisor of the Child Center and Child and Adolescent Center made the case for the effectiveness of residential treatment for OCD in children ages 8 to 13 at the recent IOCDF Conference held in San Diego.

Jacobi and Eken discussed when residential treatment is appropriate for kids and teens with OCD.  The session highlighted information about how cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) are structured and applied, the types of co-occurring disorders that are seen in children and adolescents, the diverse makeup of a typical residential treatment team, a representative daily schedule, and the effectiveness of residential treatment.  

Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, clinical director of the OCD Center and CBT services at Rogers Memorial Hospital also spoke at the conference. He co-facilitated sessions entitled “Careers in OCD: Which Path Makes Sense for Me?” and “Troubleshooting in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD”  The later session focused on helping clinicians troubleshoot difficult OCD cases. The facilitators asked attendees to volunteer a challenging case to be discussed by the group. 

Riemann also co-hosted the IOCDF research reception held at the conference. The annual reception recognizes the IOCDF research fund grant recipients and is sponsored by Rogers.  

Several Rogers therapists facilitated the art and activity rooms offered all three days at the conference. These popular rooms offer conference goers a variety of ways to experience and apply the themes and group work occurring at the conference. One of these rooms served as a backdrop for a television news story about OCD filmed at the conference. 

Rogers Memorial Hospital, a Gold Sponsor of the event, offers one-of-a-kind treatment for children, teens and adults with OCD at its residential treatment centers in Wisconsin. 


August 2, 2011 - 3:50pm

Cameras Roll at the IOCDF conferenceThe Art Therapy Rooms at the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) Conference were featured on NBC stations in Southern California on July 29.

The studio was where producers from the IOCDF and NBC 4 interviewed adolescents about their experiences with OCD and Anxiety Disorders. Rogers Memorial Hospital offers residential treatment for children as young as 8 at its Child Center and from age 13 and up at its Child and Adolescent Center

Rogers Memorial Hospital has been facilitating the drop-in studios for more than a decade as part of its ongoing support of the IOCDF.

May 11, 2011 - 2:28pm

More than a half million teens are affected by eating disorders and showing significant rates of subclinical eating conditions according to a recent article published by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

The article referred to an NIMH-funded study which found that symptoms that often lead to the development of an eating disorder can be difficult to diagnose. As a result, many affected teens are going without treatment.

“This shows how important it is for parents and physicians to understand that the symptoms of eating disorders are not always obvious,” said Dr. Tracey Cornella-Carlson, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Programs at Rogers Memorial Hospital–Milwaukee. “Fortunately, we know that those who start treatment early on have a far greater chance of maintaining a sustained recovery.”

Co-occurring mental disorders are common
“We are able to provide many levels of supportive care for teens as well as their families, and teach them the skills, such as “thought-challenging” (evidenced-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to help them sustain recovery throughout their lives. With proper, effective treatment early on, long-term recovery can be a reality for them,” said Dr. Cornella-Carlson.

Rogers is home to one of the few inpatient eating disorder programs specifically for children and adolescents in the nation.

May 10, 2011 - 4:11pm

Actor Catherine Zeta-Jones announced that she was being treated for bipolar II disorder. A pair of celebrities made headlines recently with the announcement of their completion of treatment for a behavioral health concern.

Actor Catherine Zeta-Jones announced that she was being treated for bipolar II disorder. Teen actor Demi Lovato announced she had also been in treatment for a variety of mental disorders, including bipolar disorder. And is often the case, when a celebrity of Zeta-Jones’ stature brings attention to a major and fairly common disorder, a groundswell of support and awareness is felt by those afflicted.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and affects the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Bipolar II, the particular diagnosis that Zeta-Jones is diagnosed with, means that she experiences recurring bouts of depression alternating with mild mania.

“With bipolar, generally, the mood swings up or down. Most of the time people with bipolar are depressed,” said Jerry Halverson, MD, the Medical Director of Adult Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital - Oconomowoc. “There are often issues of self-worth, how you look at the world, and how you look at yourself.”

Symptoms of bipolar disorder are different from the normal mood swings experienced by most people. Zeta-Jones told reporters that she’d found herself unable to shake the depression that followed her husband’s battle with throat cancer, so she decided to find treatment.

“We have good treatments that can help people, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives,” said Halverson. “It’s not all about medication. We help people figure out what’s going on in their lives and treat the whole person.” Recovery from bipolar disorder often requires continued treatment, and for many people psychotherapy with medication can prevent and delay relapse.

Rogers Memorial Hospital offers treatment for adults, children and teens seeking recovery from any mental illness. For a free screening, call 800-767-4411.

May 6, 2011 - 11:48am

This short video was taken from a talk given by child and adolescent psychiatrist Bradley L. Erickson, MD, to a group of parents at St. Joseph School in Wauwatosa on Wednesday, May 4. The event was part of Rogers Memorial Hospital's observance of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week and the Speak Up for Kids! program. Rogers Memorial Hospital currently has 15 child and adolescent psychiatrists on staff and is home to two nationally recognized residential treatment centers for children and adolescents. Find out more about the Child Center, the Child and Adolescent Center, and all the other mental health treatment services offered for children, teens and adults at Rogers.

April 12, 2011 - 11:20am

When it is medically necessary to provide around-the-clock intensive psychiatric care to ensure a child’s safety, Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc offers a Child and Adolescent Inpatient treatment program. This program focuses on ending a child or teen’s harmful behaviors, stabilizing medical and emotional conditions, and helping the whole family start a process of recovery and continuing care.

Intensive treatment

Dr. Erik UllandDr. Erik Ulland is one of Rogers’ board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists. He’s often thinking about what new things he’s going to bring to his patients, even when he heads home for the evening. “ We get to put a lot of time and attention into our patients,” he said. This is treatment unlike what the patients have likely experienced in an outpatient clinic, Dr. Ulland said, because Rogers doctors have a chance to focused in on each particular patient, working with them every day. “In an outpatient setting, you might go a month between visits. In our inpatient unit, I see the kids every day,” he said.

That kind of of intensive treatment means Rogers doctors can make changes happen faster. “The kids are with us day and night, so our staff knows what’s going on, and the results are rapid,” he said.

Making a complete diagnosis

“Diagnosis in children can be very complicated,” Dr. Ulland said. “Sometimes a child will come in with a diagnosis that doesn’t really explain all that’s going on with them.” Rogers doctors try to find a complete and accurate diagnosis for their patients to have so they can treat each diagnosis individually, he said, rather than doing an umbrella treatment that is just going to be medication related.

Including the family

Creating a care plan that involves the whole family is part of the extensive coordination of continuing care offered at Rogers’ Child and Adolescent inpatient program. Many times, Dr. Ulland said, the family is key to fully working out a child’s diagnosis. Often, a family will come to see their child’s struggles in a new light, he said. “That helps them understand what’s going on with their child, and I think that’s very important.”

The future in focus

A typical stay at Rogers Child and Adolescent inpatient in Oconomowoc is seven to 14 days. Patients are discharged with a care plan developed while they were in treatment. Families leave knowing what the next stages of their child’s treatment are going to look like, with some questions answered, and the future in focus.

Rogers in Oconomowoc is also home to the Child and Adolescent Center, and many of the same physicians staff both units. This can provide essential continuity, easing transitions between the two programs.

March 22, 2011 - 10:45am

A former Child Center patient shares view of her treatment experience while in residential care for hair-pulling disorder, and of how much she loves life now.

Kerri L.At 13 years old, with masses of beautiful hair and long eyelashes, most people would never know ”Kerri L." came to Rogers Memorial Hospital’s Child Center a year ago having dropped out of school because she couldn’t stop pulling out her hair.

The reason: a compulsion. “Trichotillomania,” an impulse control disorder often drives its sufferers to pick, pull and tear at their hair. By the time she came to Rogers, even the many hats Kerri wore to cover up her bald patches couldn’t hide the shame and frustration she felt toward herself.

“It’s hard to understand unless you have it yourself,” Kerri explains. “It didn’t hurt to pull out my hair. It relaxed me and kind of made me feel better,” she said.

Although her parents remained supportive, it was clear to both Kerri and her family that she needed professional help. The family ended up bringing Kerri to the Child Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital.

“I was, honestly, excited for it,” Kerri said. “Coming to Rogers gave me a change to help myself and to meet to other people who were going through difficult times. Everyone was so encouraging and accepted me for who I was.”

Kerri L.When it came time to come home, Kerri said she was excited and felt ready. “I took what I’d learned and put it in my normal life. Rogers really prepared me.”
 Looking back, Kerri said at one time her compulsions to pull out her hair seemed insurmountable. “I’ve heard stories about people living with it their entire life, and eventually even giving up on life because it was just so hard.” That’s not the case, she said. You can get better. “Keep thinking positive and keep trying your best. It’s not going to be like this forever.” 
Today, Kerri lives her life free of hats and shame and ready to face the day. “I love my life now. My hair grew back, my eyelashes are back. I never wear hats anymore. I am very involved with extra curricular activities at school. My parents relationship used to be really rocky, but we’re best friends now.”

This sentiment is shared by Kerri’s mom, who acknowledged the progress her daughter has made. “I see how far she’s come and I am thrilled to see her happy and thriving and see her doing things that she never would have wanted to do before,” she said. “It’s what every mother wants for her daughter. To see that is really very humbling and very amazing.”

Kerri’s father found the support Rogers showed his daughter spread to the family as a whole. “We feel like we have some kind of relationship with Rogers. They’ve been great to our family. Everyone involved has been wonderful, welcoming and supportive.” The whole experience, he said, has helped to reunite his family, and bring his long-lost daughter home. “We’re back at the point of being the wonderful girl I’ve known her to be.”

The peak age of onset for Trichotillomania is age nine to 13. The Trichotillomania Learning Center suggests that cognitive-behavioral therapy, such as habit-reversal training, should be the initial treatment of choice. The Child Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital is the only program in the nation that provides intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy for children. If you are interested in treatment at the Child Center, you can request an initial screening online.

Kerri was a real patient at the Child Center; we’ve changed her name at her request. It is our great honor that she and her family asked us to help them share their story.





February 24, 2011 - 1:37pm

"Music was my 'key to life'," eating disorders survivor, mentor and recovery advocate Shannon Cutts explained during her performance called "Beauty Undressed" at Marquette University on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 sponsored by Rogers Memorial Hospital. "Music was the dream that the eating disorder took away from me. I became determined to reclaim that dream," she said.

Shannon shared some of her story while she toured Rogers prior to the performance.


Shannon was in Wisconsin as part of Marquette University and Rogers Memorial Hospital's observation of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. A nationally known blogger, and author of "Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back," Shannon uses the power of song to share the story of her recovery from her eating disorder.

Shannon founded MentorConnect, an online mentoring group helping people to break through the isolation of eating disorder by sharing the tools of recovery in supporting relationships. You can find out more about Shannon Cutts at, and on her website,

Find out more about eating disorders treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital by completing an online request for a screening.


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