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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

09

‘Henry’s Demons’ and ‘The Memory Palace’ – The Pain of Schizophrenia

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

This interesting Book Review was written by Dr. Abigail Zuger, MD and portrays a book which appears almost to be two in one. It reveals the memoirs from both a male and female author who describe life with a parent living with Schizophrenia. The experiences recounted serve to portray many very similar but also different life experiences. This book clearly adds to the body of knowlege critical in treating or working alongside people effected or affected by Schizophrenia. Please enjoy the book review. It is well written, comprehensive and sure to spark dialogue:

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

‘Henry’s Demons’ and ‘The Memory Palace’ – The Pain of Schizophrenia

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Dec

08

Vital Signs: Behavior: Videos of Self-Injury Find an Audience

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

This very interesting and thought provoking article written by Roni Caryn Rabin for The New York Times Health Section refers to an extremely popular form of social media viewed by millions daily: Youtube.

Apparently there are numerous videos on Youtube which portray self mutilation like burning, cutting, disturbing wounds and embedding items under the skin. Many lack warnings and some appear to glamorize this parasuicidal behavior with theme music of sorts. This is important information for helping professionals to know because any of us who treat children and adolescents should know of the nearly cultlike following many have for Youtube videos. This article and the surrounding awareness of social media can help us to ask the questions many of us would never even consider. Please enjoy this article and let the dialogue begin:

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

Vital Signs: Behavior: Videos of Self-Injury Find an Audience

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Dec

03

Treating People With Schizophrenia

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

These letters published in The New York Times Opinion Page were written by psychiatrists on the cutting edge of treatment of individuals who live with Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.The letters were written in response to another posted article“Finding purpose after living with delusion” (“Lives Restored” series, front page, Nov. 26.

They discuss and lament changes in the field reflecting pressures they are under to treat symptoms through medication management without the use of psychotherapy. They are essentially prohibitted from providing talk therapy to any patient unless said patient has the financial resources to pay out of pocket. Please enjoy this article and comment.

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

Treating People With Schizophrenia

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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

14

Eating Disorders a New Front in Insurance Fight

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

This article printed in The New York Times covers a relatively long term debate over what managed care companies should and should not cover in terms of mental health diagnoses.

Despite the relatively recent federal and many state mental health parity laws it appears that many insurers still have not yet gotten the message. In this article they argue the merits of residential treatment programs which they apparently view with a rather jaundiced eye. Is this a case of being penny wise and pound foolish whereas they will readily pay for hospital level care which we all know is infinitely more expensive or the comparable skilled nursing facility.

They additionally are willing to pay for outpatient level care which as we helping professionals realize is insufficient to meet the needs of many. I won’t get into the great debate of federal oversight over residential care facilities but I will readily state that it helps many thousands of patients on a consistent basis. The diagnoses this article portrays? Eating Disorders which affects all segments but especially young women, particularly those of adolescent age. Please enjoy the article.

Eating Disorders a New Front in Insurance Fight

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Why do Insurance Companies not cover treatment for eating disorders?

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Sep

01

Methods To Deal With The Effects Of Severe Anxiety.

Posted By: Charleston Davinci Xavier on September 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

There are numerous reasons that make finding the solution to coping with extreme stress difficult. The most important and influential consideration really has everything to do with the individual person. Each individual affected by severe trauma will have a different and unpredictable response to the event. While much is known about the reactions, how they will become manifest in a person is not known. Two extreme differences in reactions are immediate responses and symptoms and highly delayed responses and symptoms. Some people, when dealing with the same condition may show very few symptoms or adverse reactions. One could say it is a very diverse picture when dealing with extreme stress.

It is usually overwhelming for people and resources that have to deal with any kind of disaster, which often happen fast and unexpectedly. Just remember the undersea earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan. There is a good example of how thousands of people were affected by disaster and extreme trauma. Since most people do not ever see the need to gain a deeper understanding of emotional injury and attendant reactions, because that knowledge is extremely helpful, most are not prepared to deal with it. In that case, it can make a big difference if some kind of professional assistance is sought. Being aware that something is wrong within them and doing something about it gives the affected person the upper hand.

Extreme stress for family members could be the result of a home environment that is highly stressful. Remembering that people always have a choice on their behavior is one way to help yourself if your parent is the cause of your stress. Using honest and open communication is one the positive approaches to handling this situation. A positive approach you might try is to sit down with your parents and talk to them about how their behavior makes you feel. If you feel safe doing so, you might even try to suggest some form of counseling.

That is the reason arranging professional guidance needs to be done right away. With the assistance of a trained psychologist, you can learn to help your child through the ordeal and the psychologist will help your child deal with the stress reactions.

If you are an adult who is experiencing unusually extreme stress, then be assured there are positive ways to cope with it. You do have the ability to retain some degree of control over your life. The first thing to understand it that you may be feeling certain emotions that seem unusually intense. You might find that because of the cause of stress that a typically normal situation could trigger an stress reaction. Accepting what has happened as well as learning what types of reactions you might have is important. It is important to be aware of what you are experiencing so that you can understand how it affects you. How to deal with extreme stress, anxiety or trauma can be tricky because of the many factors involved. The early stage where symptoms of reactions might or might not be present is the most important phase. It is very helpful of course, to have people who are caring and supportive and willing to help the person get through the ordeal. The individual will also need ongoing long term strategies to find the most effective approach to handle the situation.

One thing that can cause a great deal of stress is cash issues. One easy approach to relieve numerous money difficulties is to apply a debit card rather than a credit card. This way, you will simply spend the cash you have, and you won’t tumble further into debt. Talk with your financial institution for more information.

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Aug

28

Remedies And Solutions For Continual Anxiety

Posted By: Charleston Davinci Xavier on August 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

Chronic stress can have many causes, ranging from long term illnesses to conflict within the family to career challenges. You have to be careful not to disregard stress when you notice it, because it can easily get out of control and become a serious issue. For this reason, if you’re experiencing chronic stress, it’s important to do something about it right away. This article will offer some advice on how you can overcome chronic stress.

Perspective should be used. Members of the public tend towards exaggeration, this means that their viewpoint is often more abominable than it truthfully is. No doubt you have done this yourself constantly. Every time you thought it was the end of the world because you were five minutes late for an appointment or that you would end up losing your job because you gave your boss a funny look, you have been guilty of this. What you need to do is take a step back and ask yourself how important the event that is causing you so much stress will be next month or even tomorrow. Do you think your supervisor will even keep in mind the look you gave? In all probability that isn’t going to happen. Having the right attitude about your life will make it not as difficult and lessen the stress.

Have you considered hypnosis to manage your stress? Hypnosis is probably one of the oldest forms of psychological treatments and it is still used successfully today. Your subconscious mind can learn new ways of thinking, feeling and acting under hypnosis, and this can be quite beneficial for many purposes. Whether or not hypnosis helps you really depends on whether or not you’re responsive to this form of treatment, but if you are it may be a great way to reduce stress. This method can help you to relax and address any issues in your life that are causing stress. Stress can have a variety of causes, and hypnosis can be used to identify the reason for your stress and changing your attitude about it. Hypnosis can be a way to help you get over stress as well as many other problems, such as phobias and depression.

They simply react to whatever comes up and become stressed. That’s why having priorities is so important, you know what you need to do and distractions can be ignored. They’ve never caught on to the idea that you can actually plan your life. They simply respond to whatever happens rather than planning what they want to happen and acting accordingly. When you spend your day just bouncing from crisis to crisis, you will obviously experience major stress. If you are in control, this won’t happen. Set your priorities, write out your goals, and systematize your life. Managing your time will benefit you if you follow these suggestions. Better time management means that you aren’t running around all the time and better organization will take the stress out of handling day to daily problems. And you will also find that you have enough time to take care of yourself, which will significantly decrease your stress levels.

People like this don’t have any type of daily routines and this, in and of itself, can cause stress. They live with their heads in the clouds waiting for everything to fall into place for them. People like this aren’t even aware that they can have a life-plan and a daily system to their lives. Instead of taking action on the important things they need to get done, they jump around between whatever situations crop up during the day. Spending most of your time putting out fires can be extremely stressful, which is why you need to start taking control of your life. You need to get organized, set goals and determine what your priorities are. This will help you manage your time better. If you’re organized, your day to day activities will be easier and, if you improve your time management abilities, you will know exactly what you are supposed to be doing and when. And you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that you now have plenty of time to devote to your health and well being. Spending this time on yourself will go a long way towards eliminating stress from your life.

It is no secret that cash leads to plenty of stress. To reduce tension, it will help to get quick access to your funds. One method to do that is with a debit card. These are excellent because you won’t destroy your credit. Seek advice from your financial institution to learn more.

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Aug

25

Create A Zen Garden And Beat Stress

Posted By: Franz Cravey on August 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

Pressure sucks. Sad to say life is only getting much further stressful. Zen gardens can aid. People deal with stress in many different ways. This article will tell you about zen gardens, a way that works, regardless of what your scenario. What also helps is that it looks extremely beautiful.

The idea is an organized space for kicking back. It is a common misunderstanding that monks mediate in these gardens. They essentially meditate in front of a wall. Zen gardens are made up of gravel or sand that seems like water, rocks and plants, It doesn’t matter that it is not actually Buddhist an clean space means rest. It is an oasis of calm in an otherwise mad world. I will now tell you how to build one.

1) Find a space. IT also doesn’t really have to be a big area, more often than not small zen gardens work well. Better in fact. It shouldn’t be too shaded either.

2) Light colored wood is successful when building the sand or gravel baths. important. You can also use metal or rock but I feel light colored wood really has the jump

3) Thevery last thing you really want is weeds and things growing up through the sand or gravel. To keep away from weeds and such a fine plastic ground sheet must be laid before putting down any gravel or sand.

4) Equally fill up the baths with sand or gravel. The color is up to you but light color is the path to take.

5) Find some rocks for visual stimulation. It doesn’t matter what they look like just providing you like them. You could also place in some statues. Don’t put in too much though.

6) Rake the sand or gravel. May seem easy but that is the whole purpose. You make the sand appear like the ripples of water.

7) Get a straightforward water feature so that you can hear water as you chill out. Nothing elaborate, just a compact one will do. Less is more.
8) Buy some furniture. Not too much this either. Just a simple outdoor furniture set will do it. Maybe a bench relying on how much space you have to enjoy. This is all about minimalism

9) Plant some flowers. Fragrant flowers like lavender are preferable.

10) Appreciate

Once it is available zen gardens are incredibly low servicing. That is the whole idea of them really. Less time weeding more hours lounging. It sounds easy but this could take time. It will actually be worthwhile in the long run.

Looking to cope with depression then visit my site to find the best advice on zen gardensand learn how they can help you.

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