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Nov

09

Part II of II: Managing Mental Illness in a High-Powered Job

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I found these letters to the editor published by The New York Times to help in part support things I’m sure all of us tell our clients but it’s nice to see it in print as handy handouts.

As I tell all my clients past and present that there is no shame in having a mental health disorder to include an addiction.

They in care will often become aware of the conditions of others either richer, more famous, higher ranking etc.

These conditions do not discriminate: They strike all races, genders, creeds, as well as socioeconomic groups.Many if not all are chronic, possibly debilitating conditions if left untreated but can be managed like diabetes, hypertension and so many other less stigmatized conditions.

That is why I am especially thankful for The American Society of Addiction Medicine which recently released for the first time a concise and usable definition of Addiction as not a moral failing but a chronic brain disorder.

Please enjoy these letters to The New York Times Editor as well as the article to which they respond.

It’s fascinating and dispels many stereotypes which preclude our clients from the greatness that they can achieve:

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

Managing Mental Illness in a High-Powered Job

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Nov

08

Part I of II: A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

This is a great article from The New York Times written by Benedict Carey.

This article portays a snippet of the life of a person living with Schizoaffective disorder, a close cousin of Schizophrenia.

This article tells of a woman who is in the views of most society successful, working in a high powered job and in command of significant resources.

Does she have stress? Of course but she thrives on that stress with the aid of her external supports.

She has family, canine and coworker support.She and her brother were not raised in an invalidating home but one rich in cultural and educational experiences.

One of the things I love most about my profession is how often we gain new knowledge and discover more that we were completely wrong about.

As helping professionals we all to often, with the best of intentions try to help our clients lead full and fufilling lives by shaping their goals, desires, wants and expectations.

So intent on trying to set them up for successes we tell them what we know about their disorder.

We aim their barometers intentionally low to what WE believe is achievable.

Then along comes new studies, new news that shatters all we think and raises our hopes.

I am terribly glad that the person described in this article did not succumb to the earlier therapists with their inaccurate diagnoses and their projected goals.

I am happy that she found a therapist who had the courage to speak to her with a directness, a force but also a compassion who took the time to sit down with her, validate her fears and show her that what he was doing was in her best interests and that he was not going to stifle or otherwise limit her in being productive.

Please enjoy this article:

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

A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills

    Filed Under: Anxiety / Stress , Bipolar Therapy , BPD Therapy , Depression , Depression Therapy , Difficult Emotions , Identity Issues , Individual Treatment , Mood Fluctuation , OCD Therapy , Panic Attack Therapy , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , Reality , Social Work , Treatment modality , Trust Issues , Unresolved Childhood Issues , Work Related Issues Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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

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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Sep

29

How to Overcome Panic and Anxiety

Posted By: Mike Sanderson on September 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

Any individual that has ever experienced a panic attack will know how life threatening these sensations can feel. A panic attack can significantly hurt your standard of living by making you become scared of a another episode. This apprehension is yet another negative complication of panic attacks, and you must learn to think about it as such so you can get on with your life without the continuous fear of a panic attack lingering over your head. Fretting about having a panic attack all the time might even make you trigger panic attacks later on.

Panic attacks feel a lot like coronaries. A panic attack may possibly cause your heart to quicken, and it'd lead you to become short of breath. You might realize that you feel dizzy or lightheaded, and they're characterized with the feeling of life or death seriousness. It isn't odd to imagine that you're dying or about to die when you're having a panic episode. Happily for sufferers, they're often not of a long duration, and will stop when they have run their course, sometimes a minute or two, or when the reason for the panic is removed.

If you are shocked that you could have another panic attack, you'll just finish up cutting yourself off from everything in order to avoid having another. You might hide from the world, or alternatively separate yourself from the acquaintances and family who might instead be well placed to help you. If this sounds familiar to you, then you need to consider looking for professional help to empower you to dispel the threat of panic attacks that hangs over your head.

You may be able to aid yourself by evading the scenarios that make you have your panic attacks in the first place. One of the most important causes of panic attacks is stress, and if you're continually in intense situation, then you will be at a much greater risk for panic attacks in the future. This stress isn't necessarily the stress that comes over 1 or 2 days over a specific event; panic attacks are triggered by sustained stress over a span of months or infrequently even longer. This stress is often too much for folk to bear, and whether or not we don't understand that, our bodies do, and they rebel.

Panic episodes may also be due to certain scenarios. If you get a panic attack each time you are running late, or stuck in traffic, or going over a bridge, then you need to make certain to avoid those scenarios to stop these same events from causing more panic attacks in the future. You can take a different path to work, leave early, and avoid roads that you know will be snarled with traffic or even head to a local place for dinner after work before facing the drive home.

If you try avoiding panic attacks and document where you were, what you were doing, and how you felt immediately prior to each panic attack, then you can use this information to bypass the things that trigger you. You may be ready to save a lot of difficulty with your psychological and even your physical health later down the line.

Panic attacks do not just feel remarkably like heart attacks; latest studies have linked experiencing panic attacks with an increased possibility of basically having a cardiac arrest later on. Keep your percentages low and keep your levels of stress down to stop panic attacks and to stay as fit as practicable. No one likes to suffer, and panic attacks actually fall into the category of suffering.

If you're at risk for panic attacks or you've had them in the past, then you should examine the past factors behind your panic attacks so that you can help yourself to avoid similar circumstances in the future. You should also get in contact with your doctor to find out if you might need medicine or care to help you take control of your life and get away from the panic episodes. You can take a look at this panic away review for an alternative solution. It can be difficult to decide precisely the best way of stopping panic attacks, but you may improve results when pairing the practice of avoiding triggers with medicine to help feel calmer. A specialist can also help you learn mental tricks to help you ride thru the panic episodes without totally losing your cool next time you feel one coming on.

For more information on how to overcome amxiety and panic attacks please read my Linden Method review and Easy Calm review.

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Aug

05

Combatting Anxiety and Becoming Free from Fear

Posted By: Mike Sanderson on August 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

If you have issues coping with stressful circumstances then you may experience stress or panics attacks. These occur when you feel as if you can't deal with your fears and worries. Learning the way to combat anxiety is all about retraining your consciousness so you don’t overact to circumstances you find too stressful. Anxiousness is the results of believing you can't cope and this triggers the survival instinct that we all have that is commonly known as the flight or fight response. If the anxiousness gets towards becoming out of control we feel as though we are losing control and this regularly signals the commencement of a panic episode.

There isn't anything wrong with anxiousness as it is a vital reaction that tells us to do something to avoid perilous circumstances. However with nervous people this reaction is too sensitively triggered. This is a behavior pattern that can be retrained. This is the proper way to combat anxiousness.

The most worrying thing for most folks about anxiety are the unpleasant physical symptoms that go with the psychological and emotional symptoms. A rise in heart rate, a lack of breath, pain and tightness in the chest can end up in people thinking there are some things seriously wrong with them. However this is never very often the case. Our bodies should react this way in circumstances of genuine danger like being attacked by a wild animal. But with so many sources of stress and worry in our lives this reaction can become too fast turned on. As a consequence we perceive danger in scenarios that are actually not deadly in any way.

The real cause of all anxiety problems is a tiny area of the brain called the amygdala. This is rather like a switch that turns anxiousness on and off. However with anxiousness sufferers the amygdala has become rather trigger happy and will likely be activated by all types of eventualities and as a result we develop uneasiness and fears to these scenarios. The key to learning how to combat tension is learning new behavioral patterns that retrain the amygdala so that it does not become activated so easily. This is not as hard as it sounds and you can find relief of your anxiousness symptoms relatively fast.

If you've been prescribed drugs to manage your anxiety then you should be aware that these are covering up the symptoms and doing nothing to fix the cause of the problem. Anxiety is a behavioral problem that may be unlearned using numerous techniques like relaxation, meditation, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). There are plenty of specialists who specialize in treating folks with anxiety symptoms with methods like these. I found that one of most effective programs was The Linden Method. You can read my Linden Method review here. This is a comprehensive recovery programme for every type of anxiety and panic disorder and will answer your questions on how to combat anxiety.

The authors website has many articles on how to combat anxiety and how to stop panic attacks naturally.

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