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    Challenges and Obstacles in Treating Mentally Ill African American Patients
    As the United States becomes more culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse, psychiatry will be faced with the necessity to treat more diverse populations. This article focuses on challenges and obstacles encountered when treating African American patients with mental illness. The African American community in the United States is not a monolithic, homogeneous community. The heterogeneity of the community as a function of the African diaspora is complex and deserving of an understanding that goes beyond the phenotypic identification and assignment of individuals to what we believe to be “African American.”1 Language, ethnic culture (e.g., Caribbean vs southern born), religious practices, socioeconomic status, immigration or refugee status, and the historical participation, or lack thereof, in the unique American experience of race relations defines how persons experience being “African American” and express mental illness.
    http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/challeng.html - 20-Jul-2007 - Hits: 120 - Rate This | Details
    Major Depressive Disorder: A Condition That Frequently Co-Occurs with PTSD
    An important consideration in understanding posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is its frequent co-occurrence with other psychiatric disorders. Population-based surveys of individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD show that these persons have rates of 62% to 92% of other types of psychological disorders. In a major study of veterans who had served in Viet Nam (Kulka et al.1990), 99% suffered from another psychiatric disorder. While disorders such as panic disorder, other anxiety disorders, and substance abuse and dependence frequently co-occur with PTSD, the disorder that most commonly co-occurs is major depressive disorder. In the National Comorbidity Survey (Kessler, Sonnega, Bromet, Hughes, & Nelson, 1995), a major study investigating the prevalence of different types of psychiatric disorder in the United States, major depressive disorder was found to co-occur with PTSD in almost one-half of cases. Among men with PTSD, 47.9% had co-occurring major depression; among women 48.5% of those with PTSD also suffered from major depression.
    http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/mdd.html - 6-Nov-2009 - Hits: 154 - Rate This | Details
    Partners with PTSD Top Rated
    "If you are a partner of someone with PTSD, I thank you for reading this. Somebody who relies on you wants you to appreciate and respect the condition that haunts them. With so much in the popular press, on television and in movies that touches on trauma, it is easy to have partial information about traumatic stress, but to miss the full impact of this profound condition." This article provides useful information for partners and family members of PTSD survivors.
    http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/partners.html - 2-Sep-2003 - Hits: 772 - Rate This | Details
    Trauma Addiction - Safety and Stabilization for the Addicted Survivor of Trauma Top Rated
    There is a fairly common phenomenon where trauma can lead to addiction and addiction leads back to trauma. A survivor of trauma is at a significantly greater risk of developing some type of addiction and the reverse is also true. Having this awareness, it is imperative that we look at more effective ways of treating this unique condition. The challenge of providing effective treatment and interventions for persons with both posttraumatic stress and addiction has caused many a seasoned clinician to shudder. "Dually diagnosed," seems to rank with Borderline Personality Disorder as one of the more pejorative and emotionally laden labels that saddle clients. Addicted survivors of trauma are often the recipients of the anger, frustration, and trepidation of health care workers due to the difficulty in both conceptualizing and administering effective treatment to this population.
    http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/safety.html - 14-Oct-2004 - Hits: 615 - Rate This | Details
    Utilizing First Person Story with Trauma Survivors in Bosnia and Sri Lanka
    Their stories weave the thread of life. In the last hundred years life on the planet has been rife with continuous wars and natural catastrophes compiling never before told ‘first person’ stories on a horrific scale. What is a first person story? In essence, it is the ‘unplugged’ version of one’s first hand experience that weaves itself into one’s her/history. Nowhere is this more evident than when one re-counts the traumatic events of their lives. Germaine Greer states that first person is in actuality ‘feminism.’ Books, journals and other media venues have not arrayed a collection on women’s first person stories unless it can be reduced to a ‘sound bite’, 300 hundred word essay or the normal victim role for women bathed in silence.
    http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/firstperson.html - 20-Jul-2007 - Hits: 85 - Rate This | Details
    Vicarious Trauma in Attorneys
    Authors: Dr. Andrew Levin & Scott Greisberg, MA

    Although secondary trauma and burnout have been the subject of investigation in emergency workers and mental health professionals, no systematic studies have evaluated these responses in attorneys. Growing out of our collaboration with the Pace Womens Justice Center, we designed a survey to assess the presence of secondary trauma responses and symptoms of burnout in attorneys working with victims of domestic violence and criminal defendants. Compared with two control groups consisting of mental health providers and social services workers, attorneys surveyed demonstrated significantly higher levels of secondary traumatic stress and burnout. This difference appeared related to the attorneys' higher caseloads and lack of supervision around trauma and its effects. These findings create a starting point for further study into attorney responses and methods of ameliorating the stress of work with traumatized clients.

    http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/Vicarious-Trauma-in-Attorneys.html - 10-Dec-2004 - Hits: 177 - Rate This | Details


 

 

 


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