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30

Fort Hood’s new treatment program helps Soldiers with behavioral health, addiction issues

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

This article written by Patricia Deal of The Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office has indeed provided us in the treatment community with a special treat! This is exciting news for the recovery community in uniform that is. FT Hood, the Army’s largest installation, has recently opened the very first Intensive Outpatient program within the Continental United States. There servicemembers will be treated for substance abuse and mental health issues simultaneously. Sure, we’ve known for quite awhile that this is the only treatment which is effective and provides the very best outcomes. The armed services, however, have had this level of care in overseas installations but this is indeed a breakthrough in the states and I wish them God Speed and the very best for all of our warriors to get the assistance they truly need and deserve.

This is quite notable also for FT Hood which houses a full tenth of active duty soldiers in the world. I realize that the behavioral health professionals at that installation are fully booked & overworked, as are local providers. We can only speculate on the politics involved in creating such a facility and the thoughts that some of those resources might be better allocated elsewhere. I am glad that this facility was allowed to be opened to provide a level of care enviable in their community. I have no doubt that this facility will have no shortage of patients ready-willing-and eager to avail of this modality of care. It is also refreshing to hear that the patients’ level of motivation will also be assessed to ensure that those entering care in this facility have the very best outcomes.

I felt it interesting to read one the account of the soldier/patient who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and spoke about receiving compassionate, nonjudgmental care that did not seek to assess blame but instead spoke of understanding and encouragement to do the work necessary to ameliorate his condition. I think that speaks volumes because sometimes in military communities that is forgotten. The servicemember KNOWS he or she is still in the military but for a few hours or weeks some of that needs to be put aside and allow them to be patients. Shame, guilt and humiliation (therapeutic community or old school) tactics have no place in our treatment facilities. It should be stamped wherever it may still linger.

Finally, it was refreshing to see the interdiciplinary team of a psychiatrist, clinical consultant, psychologist, director, social workers and counselors (certified addiction professionals, no doubt) all working together to provide the very best in clinical care.

Well, enough of my ramblings please enjoy the article BRAVO!!!!!!

William B. Hazel, III, ACSW, LCSW, LADC

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Fort Hood’s new treatment program helps Soldiers with behavioral health, addiction issues

Fort Hood Program Seeks Better Care for Vets

Read the Transcript: to.pbs.org A new military program in Fort Hood, Texas warrants top of the line treatment for wounded soldiers coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Ray Suarez reports.

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Oct

29

Social work and the U.S. military is focus of campus conference

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

This is a review of a presentation by the Army’s top social worker and liasion to the Surgeon General.

It is clear that all branches of the military desperately need social workers (LCSW/lLICSW) in ALL roles such as active duty, reserve component, civilian and contrators.

Things have been so tough that the Air Force no longer can employ or deploy direct social work staff outside of The Continental United States.

Their social work function for active duty, civilians and dependents with needs is two fold.

1. Use contractors or send the person in need back home to the USA where they can get services.

2. Sending your loved one back home. Early Return of Dependent to CONUS.

A sad state of affairs but a boon to professionals deemed qualified.

William B. Hazel, III, ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Social work and the U.S. military is focus of campus conference

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Oct

28

How Budget Cuts Affect the Mentally Ill: A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

This article and the accompanying one review how budget cuts affect the mentally ill. It is clear that we are in a financial morass where decisions must be made.

Here lies the outcome of some economic policies with real life (people) outcomes.The purpose of posting this article is NOT to place blame on any agency or policymaker but just to get us all thinking that we need to get back to our professional roots of appropriate assessment including for safety, treatment and professional care.

The client in this case lived with schizophrenia but he could have had any diagnosis or been that neatly tucked away folder in all of our file cabinets.

I think we need to maintain strong advocacy for not only our clients but ourselves.

We need to always remember the value we bring to the table through our services and ensure that we remain safe to deliver to others tomorrow.

Look not to this as selfish self care but assurance that our client base as a whole remain cared for.

Please review the below articles:

William B. Hazel, III, ACSW, LCSW, LADC

A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions

How Budget Cuts Affect the Mentally Ill

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Oct

27

Revising Book on Disorders of the Mind

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

As part of my review of some of the earthshaking changes in the world of the helping professions I bring you the news straight from the sources. The newest incarnation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition Text Revised (DSM IV-TR) or otherwise fondly referred to as “The Clinician’s Bible”.

As you will see there is significant reorganization, reworking and redefining going on. This is critical because it will significantly change how treatment providers look at mental health and the people who live with diagnostic conditions everyday.

Revising Book on Disorders of the Mind

Dr. Beth Erickson: What Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

The DSM is the clinician's Bible for diagnosing mental illnesses. A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present: (1)The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted

Publish Date: 03/29/2011 1:26

http://drbetherickson.blogspot.com/2011/03/what-is-posttraumatic-stress-disorder.html

The Clinician's Bible

Good news. After much research (flipping through the DSM-IV) and googling on the internet, and with a little help from my friend, I finally figured out what's wrong with my client. Now, I'm more confident of my assessment report :) On

Publish Date: 02/13/2005 15:21

http://noriyell.blogspot.com/2005/02/clinicians-bible.html

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Oct

27

What Borderline Personality Disorder is All About

Posted By: Andrea Bacon on October 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

Those who have the Borderline personality disorder would often deal with emotions that may change every time, and they are also prone to being aloof. The major patients who feel these symptoms are mostly those who are on their teens, because they are impulsive and are not aware of their actions too. Because it is normal for teenagers to act this way, doctors may have a hard time dealing with who really has such disorder.

The disorder is commonly present on those who are on the teen stage where they are normally rebellious and aloof. These results are often obtained from a lack of self-understanding and being able to relate with others as well. This kind of disorder would often be obtained by having to experience negative emotions at home or when surrounding with public people.

People with borderline personality disorders are very impulsive in at least two aspects that can be self-damaging such as substance abuse, sex, spending, reckless driving or binge eating. Some also feel so empty inside that they get to be desperate on making efforts to avoid such emotions. Some people with the disorder are very impulsive regarding the self-image that they have been finding and trying to administer.

Aside from all the factors that are implied on teenagers having the said disorder, they are also very intense with their emotions. This is usually characterized by anxiety, irritability and intense episodic dysphoria. In some cases, those diagnosed with such disorders experience paranoid thoughts even to a point of recurrent suicidal behavior.

Borderline personality disorders are more common in females as 75% of those diagnosed are women. It is also a known fact that such disorders affect about 2% of the US population. Facing psychological problems, patients having the said disorder can only be diagnosed with the help of a mental health administrator because there are no technological laboratory tests that are applicable yet.

From teens to early adults, they are the ones that are most likely to have the disorder because of their extreme behavior and psychological thoughts. The only teens who start to feel the symptoms carry on around 18 years old teenagers. Since the borderline personality disorder is usually present among teens, even younger ones are already having symptoms of the disorder.

Those that have the borderline personality disorder may have experienced bad memories from the past especially in the family, and this has made psychological impact on them. There were also results that were conducted to derive those patients having the disorder are mostly having parents that are not properly having a smooth life. Some experts also entertain the possibility of the child having the influence of genes from his or her parents.

Positive upbringing should then be implemented to diminish the appearance of the disorder especially if there are genetic issues present. Make sure that your child will be raised up on a healthier and positive environment where he or she will grow nurtured. It is crucial for the child to have at least one supportive caregiver who can provide a stable and fostering environment for the child.

The easiest way to eliminate the disorder is through going for the services of specialized therapists. Sadly speaking, there has not been a wide level of studies done on how different treatment methods react in curing the disorder. The prescriptions given by doctors are taken to slow down the symptoms of the disorder, but it doesn’t assure total treatment.

It is both hard for the adults and teenagers to find an effective treatment that can safely deliver them away from the symptoms. Because teenagers often display radical and rebellious behavior, it then makes it hard for close family and friends to distinguish if such teenagers are displaying typical teenage behavior or signs of a personality disorder. If you have a child that has been diagnosed with the disorder, you may directly consult a therapist to know which methods should be implemented right away.

An effective treatment will be worth nothing if there is no family support.

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Oct

25

Antidepressants: Lifesavers—or Active Placebos?

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 25, 2011 at 3:19 am

This article was published in The Psychiatric Times Professional Journal and makes reference to recently disseminated data by The New York Times.

I believe that this information is relevant, timely, thought provoking and perhaps gives us new questions as we advocate for our clients.

Please enjoy this information.

William B. Hazel, III, ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Antidepressants: Lifesavers—or Active Placebos?

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Oct

24

Tuition Refunds, but Not Quite on Equal Terms

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 24, 2011 at 3:17 am

This is article that was written by Ron Lieber and printed in The New York Times.

It refers to a provision of student loan giant Sallie Mae has for tuition insurance of sorts.

It provides for 100% tuition refund if the student must withdraw for a physical illness, accident or disability but only 75% for a psychological, mental or behavioral health cause.

This sounds like a violation of innumerable federal, state and local laws which prohibit discrimination.

In any event I thought that this article may be helpful to some here in our audience so please enjoy the article:

William B. Hazel, III, ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Tuition Refunds, but Not Quite on Equal Terms

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Oct

23

CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

This article posted today in USA Today Newspaper and written by Janice Loyd was very interesting.

It reports the dramatic use (overuse) of antidepressant medication among most age groups as well as women and men.

What is particularly alarming however is over 66 % of those taking these medications regularly have not seen a mental health professional.

It is well known in the helping professions that the use of psychiatric medication without conjoint therapy is much less effective.

The question on my mind is why are so many trying to escape their feelings with a pill? Are we uncomfortable with our feelings or emotions? Is it not OK to feel sadness, grief, anger?

Please enjoy the article:

William B. Hazel, III, ACSW, LCSW, LADC

CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years

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Oct

19

Depression Test – Do I Have Depression?

Posted By: Ganesh Hardy on October 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

It’s not the easiest point inside globe to diagnose, following all, we all believe down from time to time. Particularly following we suffer a loss of some kind. So what creates the difference in between obtaining ‘the blues’ and obtaining depression? In this article we’ll explore the line in between these a couple of mood states.

Although it’s difficult to differentiate, the 1 main difference among these a couple of mood states is that depression lasts longer and can lead to a significant loss of interest in life activities that the individual applied to discover interesting or enjoyable. Symptoms can also include (but are not limited to);

Excessive fatigue, sadness and crying for no reason, pain inside the body, difficulty sleeping, excessive unfavorable idea patterns, a feeling of pessimism, avoidance of physical exercising or exercise, overeating or under-eating and weight gain/loss, excessive anger, moodiness, frustration and sometimes thoughts of self harm or planning to self harm.

This article has a short, easy depression test below;

Place a quantity 1-4 next towards questions 1 – 18. Right here will be the key;

1 = Not at all Two = Some of the time 3 = Most of the time 4 = All the time

1. I do points more slowly than usual.

2. My future seems entirely hopeless.

3. It is difficult for me to concentrate on reading or other activities.

4. All of the pleasure and joy has disappeared from my life.

5. I have beneficial issue in making decisions.

6. I have lost interest in activities/things that utilized being crucial to me.

7. I feel sad.

8. I feel agitated and can’t sit still.

9. I feel fatigued.

10. I must use significantly effort to even do easy things.

11. I consider that I am a unfavorable person and I deserve to be punished. I believe guilty.

12. I consider as although I am a failure

13. My vitality is gone.

14. I have difficulty sleeping.

15. I look at how to kill myself.

16. I consider as even though I am trapped.

17. Even after very good issues happen to me I feel depressed.

18. I have lost or gained weight for no obvious reason.

Now add up the numbers. The greater the score the additional possibly it is that you can be suffering from depression.

Another depression test is that old faithful; you intuition or ‘gut feeling’. In other words should you incredibly suspect that you just may have depression and you’ve felt this way of some time then it’s far more possible.

Many doctors will tell you that depression is an illness that ought to be treated with medication, though you can find numerous other viewpoints on this. Personally once I went via depression I was reluctant to take medication and sought out alternative, natural methods. These worked well for me and has worked for countless others also. Whether or not you try medication or more natural ways is of course totally your call.

Once you’ve completed a depression test and found that you simply might be suffering you possibly can wish to speak to a therapist, psychologist or counselor for some extra program and treatment options.

One fresh technique that has been having good final results is called the ‘mindfulness and acceptance approach. ‘ Acquiring been through depression myself, I am a strong believer in this and have based my site and educational items on these techniques.

Whatever path you choose, it’s very good to bear in mind that items are by no means hopeless. Thousands upon thousands have recovered from even deep depression and therein lies the proof that it is really feasible to overcome.

Depression Test – Do I Have Depression? – Check Out depression test and depression

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Oct

18

Useful Information You Should Understand About Anxiety

Posted By: Steve Anderson on October 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

When a person suffers from a chronic disorder that is characterized by constant worrying and fear over nothing, they have what is commonly called anxiety. Usually they are overly concerned with everyday life events to the point where their worrying manifests itself in physical symptoms. This type of disorder can have a huge affect on the way the person behaves, feels and functions. The worrying is often unrealistic and way out of proportion when considering the situation.

People can feel anxious for several reasons. These generally include medical factors, genetics, environmental factors, substance abuse or brain chemistry. Research suggests individuals who have a family history of the problem could have a genetic predisposition to the condition. Trauma, such as the loss of a loved one, or stressful situations can be a trigger and make the condition worse. The disorder is also often associated with medical problems, such as heart conditions, asthma and stress from a serious medical illness.

When neurotransmitters, which are like chemical messengers that transfer information from nerve cell to nerve cell, stop working properly, the communication network within the brain stops functioning correctly. This causes a person to react in an inappropriate way. When the way the brain reacts is altered it can lead anxiety.

A few common symptoms include irritability, headaches, restlessness and excessive fear. Some individuals have reported sweating, focus and concentration issues, and nausea. Other conditions, like phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and panic disorder are also diagnosed in patients. Drug and alcohol abuse becomes a major problem as a result.

It is vital that a medical health professional conducts a full evaluation to correctly diagnose the problem. Sometimes the evaluation might include certain questions about personal and family medical history, as well as a complete physical examination. All possible causes, including physical issues, have to be ruled out. The doctor will then assess the results and will make a diagnoses based on information obtained about the intensity of the symptoms and the duration. If the physical reactions and the degree of dysfunction are signs of anxiety disorder, then a treatment should be discussed.

This medical problem can be treated is several ways. Depending on the severity of the disorder, a combination of medicines and counseling will be recommended. Often cognitive behavioral therapy is used to change thinking patterns associated with anxiety. Various medications can be used to treat the physical symptoms, such as headaches and nausea.

If another mental or medical condition is present, such as depression, an anti-depressant or something similar will be prescribed. Some people are even able to treat themselves through meditation, yoga, exercise, relaxation, and a number of stress management techniques.

Any individual who suspects they suffer from anxiety disorder needs to contact a doctor as soon as they possibly can. It is essential to the health and well-being of the person to get a correct diagnosis and for the condition to be properly treated. A patient should get to know their disorder through research so that they are better equipped to handle situations.

Now you can find a wide selection of informative and interesting articles that will give you concerns today! If you are dealing with anxiety, you can take control and begin enjoying a healthier and happier life now!

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