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Dec

15

After Rough Beginning, a Great-Granddaughter, 3, Blossoms

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

This article was written by Jennifer Mascia of The New York Times and is a heartwarming story about a great grandmother who in her twilight years is raising a three year old.

The story encompasses something for helping professionals of every hue: Domestic violence, substance abuse, severe and chronic mental health issues thrown in with transcultural and generational issues.

Please enjoy this article.

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

After Rough Beginning, a Great-Granddaughter, 3, Blossoms

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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

11

In Wesleyan Student’s Killing, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 11, 2011 at 7:19 am

This article shared by The Associated Press and published in The New York Times speaks to an interesting story of a Massachusettes man who stalked and killed a Connectuct Coed and the resulting trial which led to a Not Guilty by reason of Insanity. This case was just upheld on an applellate division court and it looks like the accused will now be committed to an institution for the criminally insane. The key point in the trial and subsequent appeals were that the accused could NOT conform his actions to the rules of law.For all of the fans of forensic behavioral health you can pretty much rely on these decisions as the guidelines and basis to be followed in subsequent legal actions. Please enjoy the article.

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

In Wesleyan Student’s Killing, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

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Dec

10

For Some Troops, Powerful Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

This powerful article written by James Dao, Benedict Carey and Dan Frosch for The New York Times nearly ten months ago but clearly bears repeating. THis article reported on the unprecedented widespread usage of pharmacology to treat combat related post deployment issues which in many cases have called into question the overusage of prescription meds which have led to synergistic or toxic results.

Please read this article with the hope that constructive dialogue leading to policy change will ensue. Clearly the facts reported in this article have wider implications for the helping professionals with an eye open toward ensuring our patients receive optimal care.

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

For Some Troops, Powerful Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results

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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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Nov

28

Allergies Can Increase the Risk of Depression

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

This was a fasinating article written by Anahad O’Connor for The New York Times Health Section .It explores the connection that some research appears to indicate makes a connection between seasonal allergies and depression.

It is already accepted that sunlight or the lack thereof definitely plays a role in some mood disorders. Please read and enjoy this article. Perhaps some may find a similar connection in their own lives or the lives of their patients.

Really?

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

Allergies Can Increase the Risk of Depression

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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

    Filed Under: Addiction Therapy , Depression , Depression Therapy , Difficult Emotions , Identity Issues , Individual Treatment , Low Self Esteem , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , Relationship Problems , Social Phobia Treatment , Social Work Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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

    Filed Under: Anger , Anger Management , Anxiety / Stress , Anxiety Therapy , Depression , Depression Therapy , Difficult Emotions , Identity Issues , Individual Treatment , Low Self Esteem , Panic Attack Therapy , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Reality , Trust Issues , Violence , Work Related Issues Tagged with , , , , , , , , ,
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