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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

    Filed Under: Abuse , Anger , Anger Management , Anxiety / Stress , Anxiety Therapy , Depression , Depression Therapy , Difficult Emotions , Individual Treatment , Low Self Esteem , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Social Work , Violence Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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

    Filed Under: Abuse , Addiction Therapy , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Social Work , Violence Tagged with , , , , , ,
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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

    Filed Under: Abuse , Anger , Anger Management , Difficult Emotions , Identity Issues , Individual Treatment , Low Self Esteem , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , PTSD / Trauma , Social Phobia Treatment , Social Work , Unresolved Childhood Issues , Violence Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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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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Dec

02

Lives Restored Finding Purpose after Living with Delusion

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

This recent article was written by Benedict Carey of The New York Times which portray the story of yet another exceptionally successful man who for over 30 years has utilized his Schizophrenia in a different way. Far from viewing it as a debilitating illness and all negative he has embraced his delusions and found a unique way to channel them in a positive direction.

This article discusses a relatively novel concept which debunks (yet again) traditional thought. Many psychiatrists and other helping professionals believe that psychosis should be treated as opposed to viewed within the framework that they can be cured through the resolution of contributory issues. In short help the psychological hurts which create the psychosis in addition to trying to eradicate them solely through medication management. Please enjoy the article and comment.

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

Lives Restored Finding Purpose after Living with Delusion

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Dec

01

Analyzing Your Therapist: A Rorschach Test?

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

These two letters to the editor published in The New York Times Opinion Pages were written by a psychiatrist and a clinical social worker respectively. They both have rather definitive views on The Opinion piece by Dr. Keeley Holmes a psychologist who wrote of her dismay at clients publishing online complaints, concerns or observations of their experiences in therapy in non healthcare related forums. Please enjoy the letters and it is my hope that their conflicting views may stimulate our own dialogue around our thoughts in this area.

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

Analyzing Your Therapist: A Rorschach Test?

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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

    Filed Under: Anxiety / Stress , Anxiety Therapy , Depression , Depression Therapy , Difficult Emotions , Mood Fluctuation , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , Social Work Tagged with , , , , , , , , , ,
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Nov

27

Learning to Listen to Distressed Classmates

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

This is article written by Abigail Sullivan Moore for the New York Times is a welcome read as it provides us helping professionals with an ounce of prevention if you will. It discusses a student support center and additional resources for college students who may find that life’s challenges have become a bit unmanageable. There is no need to review recent campus tragedies to know that oft times young people today are under an immense amount of stress and pressure with multiple competing demands and all too often little external support. It is good to know that such resources exist and I’m glad many campuses fully recognize this need.

It is no secret that young people often go to their peers for advice, help or just to be a listening board of sorts. It is refreshing that these peers learn to recognize warning signs of despair AND know how to make it sound ok to seek help from a qualified professional. Please enjoy the article:

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

Learning to Listen to Distressed Classmates

    Filed Under: Difficult Emotions , Identity Issues , Individual Treatment , Parenting , Professional Counselor , Psychiatry , Psychology , Social Phobia Treatment , Social Work , Trust Issues , Unresolved Childhood Issues Tagged with , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Nov

26

Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

This article written by Gardiner Harris of The New York Times reiterates what we helping professionals already know. We have been aware for some years now that psychotherapy is now the province of primarily psychologists and social workers. Not meaning to get into a fight with other helping professionals here but social workers are the largest providers of mental health services (talk therapy) in The United States. Now having said that this article was indeed sad to read. It spoke of a psychiatrist who no longer finds it financially feasible to practice his craft, psychotherapy. Dr. Donald Levin reports that his practice is now relegated to approximately 12-15 minutes per patient daily where he primarily serves in a medication management role.

I posted this article for several reasons : To formally acknowlege what has oft been discussed in the circles of helping professionals that psychiatrists although invaluable in every arena of skilled provision for mental health care are no longer at the forefront of counseling and therapeutic service delivery. Other professionals must now be prepared (as if we have not for years) accept the gauntlet of stepping forward and serving as full partners in the assessment, diagnosing and treatment of mental health disorders. The article makes significant points that lacking a medical school education should allow us to provide less expensive fees to provide services for more people. We must recognize this and after a medical assessment do what we do best. The article speaks to the idea that there is no discernible difference in quality between the two professions (psychiatry and clinical social work or psychology). As the least expensive practitioners it should enable us to move forward in our areas of expertise , learn more serve more. Please enjoy this article.

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

Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy

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