The End of Summer
Like a lot of people, I get a little down when the summer ends. Likely, it is a remnant from my school days when the end of summer meant the end of fun summer camps, carefree days with friends, plus a little bit of anxiety mixed with excitement for the coming school year. The feelings are hard to break.  

From my home office, I can hear the neighborhood kids playing and laughing outside. My family and friends are planning BBQs and I look forward to joining them. Still It feels a little bittersweet. Soon it will be colder, the colors will turn, and the kids will be back in school. Make sure you take some time to slow down to enjoy the perfect temperatures and smell the late summer flowers. Be with the people you love. …And see the positive in every seasonal change, as Michigan has some of the most beautiful fall colors in the country!

Lynne Lyons, MD
Medical Director and Psychiatrist
Lakes Center Mental Health Network
How to Make Friends as an Adult
It was easier to make friends when you were in school. After all, you were surrounded by your peers all day and had plenty of opportunities to interact. 

And it wasn’t all that hard to ask a fellow third-grader if they wanted to play with you at recess. You had the time, the tools, and opportunities to have fun together—which is an easy way to establish natural friendships.

But, as an adult, you have to put in a lot more effort to find people to spend time with. And you might not have a lot in common with the people you encounter. Or, they might be in a different stage of life, which may make friendships a little more difficult. 

You might need to be a little more strategic about making friends these days. 

Back to School Tip:
Calm worries and anxiety!
Separation anxiety, social anxiety, fear of not fitting in or feeling the pressure to stay on top of grades and activities is a growing concern for children. Make sure your kids are aware of who their teacher is, their class schedule and any other changes they might encounter. Planning a tour of the school and classroom or a meet-and-greet with the teacher is a good way to help your kids acclimate before the first day.
Boost Energy by Drinking More Water
Did you know that dehydration can cause a drop in your energy levels? When you’re dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker that makes blood flow sluggish. When this happens, your heart needs to exert more effort to pump blood. Since the blood flow is slower, then oxygen and nutrients’ delivery to your organs and muscles are delayed resulting in low energy levels and fatigue. Ideally, you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. However, if you’re more physically active or the outdoors temperature is high, drink more!
We provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychotherapy services for a vast array of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic illness, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse/addiction, trauma related issues, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and behavior problems. Call (248) 859-2457 to set up an appointment.
Did you know? SPRAVATO® can have a rapid antidepressant response and is added on to an antidepressant and the rest of your regimen. It is the first new mechanism of action to treat depression that has come out in over 30 years. 
There is hope for treatment-resistant depression. Call (248) 859-2457 to set up an appointment.
Lakes DBT We provide comprehensive DBT services to provide effective treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other disorders involving emotion dysregulation, including co-occurring substance use disorders, major depressive disorder, and individuals with history of trauma. At Lakes DBT Center, we believe that with effective evidence-based treatment and a caring and coordinated treatment team, clients can achieve a life worth living. 
Lakes Psychiatric Center remains open for business. We are offering Zoom online tele-therapy appointments for new and existing clients as well as in person sessions. Please contact the front desk to assist you with your appointment type or instructions for using Zoom. Call (248) 859-2457 for info.
Lakes Depression Center is continuing to provide SPRAVATO® treatments per the usual schedule. We have enhanced our safety and cleaning protocols. You are safe to start treatment or continue treatment. Call (248) 956-7164 for info.
Marina Pesserl, PhD, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Marina is a board certified licensed professional counselor in private practice in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She offers help to young adults and older. Marina’s areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, parenting, perinatal adjustments and mood disorders, couples therapy, domestic violence, and post-traumatic stress. In addition, Marina is an approved clinical supervisor supporting novice counselors obtain their full professional license.

Bettie Williams, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Bettie Williams is LPC and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). She received her Master's in Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and is currently attending the Michigan School of Psychology for her PsyD.
Bettie believes in a client-centered approach with a holistic framework. Bettie understands that trauma and grief manifest in many different forms and everyone reacts and responds differently. Bettie believes symptoms are chains that have a crippling and damaging effect on your life, and with help, they can be broken so that anyone can experience joy again.