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Dec

14

Getting Someone to Psychiatric Treatment Can Be Difficult and Inconclusive

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 14, 2011 at 7:25 am

This was a fascinating article written by G. Sulzberger and Benedict Carey for The New York Times. It speaks to the often emotionally and physically exhausting task to get someone who you think would benefit with behavioral health assessment and/or intervention to acquiece to receiving this support. It speaks to the inherent rights of individuals to decide their own destiny, limited public resources dedicated to mental health services and the oft futility of after release the client must be trusted to comply with future appointments and/or medication management. In the helping professions particularly with addictions treatment we get a fair share (75%?) of involuntary clients. We get them pulled, pushed or wheeled in by parents, spouses, employers or the criminal justice system. Please enjoy this article as I believe it will give us helping professionals some added insight into who is walking through our doors.

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

Getting Someone to Psychiatric Treatment Can Be Difficult and Inconclusive

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Dec

12

The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

This article written by Jane Brody for The New York Times Personal Health Section was a delightful and informative read although the subject matter was disillusioning. The article provides what appears to be very comprehensive statistics on the number, percentages and frequencies of offenses perpetrated on women. The author speaks frankly about being a survivor of abusive behavior in situations inwhich the perpetrators clearly took advantage of power differential in their favor and caused understandable silense as well as self doubt.

This article also speaks to the areas of sexual harassment and related offenses, the serial nature of these offenders and how the women are further victimized in the media, legal venues and society at large. It is clear that despite the fact that we as a society may not WANT to read articles like this it is clear that they MUST be revealed to bring about change. Kudos to the author of this great article for helping to evoke dialogue!

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

The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault

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Dec

07

As Mental Health Cuts Mount, Psychiatric Cases Fill Jails

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

This article written nearly a year ago by Brandi Grissom for The New York Times is as relevant today as the day it rolled off the presses. I’m reposting several that continue to have real and pressing significance on society at large and particularly amongst us mental health/helping professionals valiantly attempting to stem the tides. This article discusses once again how a criminal justice agency has become the de facto largest provider of mental health services within a community. I could speak to the shame that mentally ill, and or chemically addicted individuals oft find themselves on the wrong end of the law. I could refer to the shortages, and closures of community based mental health services or the dearth of judicial alternatives to incarceration/diversion programs but yoy the active helping professionals are aware of all of that. You who are in the trenchesa caring for these clients are well aware of their pain and precarious situations.

I think it is significant when I occasionally peruse the NASW Classified Ads and see for several years running the advertisement from The California (among other states) Department of Corrections in search of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. What does that say about us as a society? Surely it informs us continued job security but at what cost when our young and most vulnerable are continuing to be tied up in a criminal justice morass? Why does the young inmate in this article who lives with Bipolar Disorder need to receive medication and much more consistent care than he would in his own community? When will we realize that without appropriate and affordable care available within the community we as a society will continue to pay much much more through increased taxation to pay for their very expensive incarceration.

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

As Mental Health Cuts Mount, Psychiatric Cases Fill Jails

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Dec

06

Norway: Killer of 77 Was Insane During Rampage, Prosecution Says

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 6, 2011 at 11:00 am

This article shared through The Associated Press in The New York Times gives the legal opine of The Norweigan Prosecutors working the case of the confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik. I for one am very interested in forensic social work and learned much by this article in terms of the european marriage of mental health and the law. Not intending to interject debate but I note that the defendant in this action was examined by two court appointed psychiatrists. In The USA I believe psychiatrists no longer corner the market on such assessments. Please enjoy the article and share your thoughts.

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

Norway: Killer of 77 Was Insane During Rampage, Prosecution Says

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Dec

05

Dogs Traumatized by War

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

This letter to The New York Times Opinion page is in reference to a previously published article: After Duty, Dogs Suffer Like Soldiers. was written by like me an admitted dog lover. He makes an excellent point in the validation of post deployment like conditions which at times has no lack of detractors. His point is brilliant in its simplicity and straight forwardness: If the comparatively uncluttered mind of a dog can be so negatively impacted by the experiences of combat, how much more the mind of the servicemember? Please enjoy this letter and hopefully it will provide some measure of food for thought.

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

Dogs Traumatized by War

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Dec

04

After Duty, Dogs Suffer Like Soldiers

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

This article written by James Dao of The New York Times recently brought to my attention at least the behavioral health condition referred to by Veternarians as Canine PTSD. It is no secret that man’s best friend is socialized to accompany us everywhere. From the picnic to the battlefield there is evidence that humans and dogs share much. This article written in the backdrop of FT Sam Houston and referencing military mental health professionals who treat humans have observed rather fascinating traits in our friends. Please enjoy the article and lets discuss.

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

After Duty, Dogs Suffer Like Soldiers

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Nov

29

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

One of the things I truly love about my profession is there is always so much to learn about people and they very often are willing guides to the rich tapesty that is their lives. This article written by Roni Caryn Rabin for The New York Times was a delightful read as I learned something of which I was previously unaware. This article published in The Health Section reviews eating disorders within Orthodox Jewish Communities.

Please enjoy this delightful article that shares how their culture in some ways may encourage certain behaviors which can frequently mask these illnesses. Another huge point is the stigma of mental illness within this community can very often serve as a barrier to identication and care. Of course one would be negligent to fail to mention how community leaders can impact families coming forward to receive services. Finally where do these patients receive their care? All of these are very important assessment and treatment considerations in order to maximize optimal outcomes for all relevant shareholders.

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

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders

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Nov

24

With Anorexia, Total Recovery Can Be Elusive

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

This is very good qualitative article written by Abby Ellin for The New York Times.

It discussed the eating disorder Anorexia, an illness inwhich at least a third of sufferers will chronically suffer and another third will die of this disease.

Interestingly enough despite the widespread impact that this disorder has, particularly on women and adolescents there is a dearth of studies relating to recovery.

Recovery has been defined in different ways by different groups. According to this article there is shockingly very few studies done on recovery

I think a helpful way of looking at Anorexia and Bullimia is it is a disorder with significant medical as well as mental health components which each must receive proper therapy.

It was interesting to read about the emergency room physician at a high powered medical school who after years of recovery relapsed and saw her life suffer a significant setback.

All in all this was an interesting read and worth sharing.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

With Anorexia, Total Recovery Can Be Elusive

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Nov

21

When a Child’s Anxieties Need Sorting

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

This article, written by Abby Ellin of The New York Times was a delight to read as it reflects on perhaps the helping professions most rarest of practitioners.

One would often have an easier time finding hen’s teeth than to secure the services of a competent Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

This article speaks of such a professional who has been of great service to many of the richest and most powerful individuals in the world: Dr. Howard Koplewicz.

Now having set the stage for a practioner who is personally held in high esteem by governors, a former first lady who also served as a senator and is the current secretary of state I’m sure many reading this introduction would say Who cares?

The rich and powerful have always had the serrvices ofthe best of the best professionals, right?

Well, what struck me about Dr. Koplowicz is he left a cushy position in academe to form The Child Mind Institute which has been operating for approximately a year AND he does pro bono for the traditionally underserved.

To me that makes Dr. Koplowicz worthy of special mention and this article well worthy of publicity.

Dr. Koplewicz’s who has a penchant for schmoozing (a great networker, and fundraiser) is trying to change how child and adolescent pschiatric illnesses are viewed by the public at large.

He seeks to remove the stigma attached and his contributions to the field most welcome.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

When a Child’s Anxieties Need Sorting

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Nov

19

Army Cutting 50,000 Soldiers

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

This article published in The Stars and Stripes Newspaper has great public interest due to the very nature of what it reveals.

It speaks to the military leadership and the apparently disingenuous nature of how they are discharging combat veterans who after being exposed to unspeakable horrors attempt to self medicate with illicit mood altering substances or engage in what is oft considered in the civilian world petty misconduct.

In fact the chief attorney (Staff Judge advocate) appears to openly boast about and discuss training other installations on how to process soldiers out of the army with a less than honorable discharge (lifelong negative impact) and no educational or medical benefits.

What was painful to read was soldiers who at one point receive some of the military’s most prestigious honors in a short time find themselves dealing with homelessness and lifelong injuries.

This prosecutor speaks of how to shortcircuit the medical review process to ensure the servicemember is quickly pressured to relinquish their rights and hit the streets.

The risk assessment conducted by this team is appalling at best, conspiritorial at worst.

Please read this article and I hope the dialogue begins:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Army Cutting 50,000 Soldiers

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