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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: 303 - Rate This | Details
Child and Trauma: Reflections on the WTC Disaster
Dr. Michael Fenichel's listing of information and support resources focused on children and trauma with special consideration paid to the events of September 11th, 2001.
http://www.fenichel.com/hope.shtml - 17-Sep-2001 - Hits: 510 - Rate This | Details
Coping with the Loss of a Spouse
Having a spouse die is a horrible and traumatic event in a person's life. While a person probably never can completely cope with the loss of a spouse, Dr. Martin shows some simple and easy to understand steps that can help.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/coping-with-the-loss-of-a-spouse/ - 29-Mar-2006 - Hits: 3824 - Rate This | Details
Coping with Traumatic Events
An article from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that describes ways to help children and adolescents cope with traumatic events such as violence and natural disasters and links to additional resources for parents, communities and rescue workers.
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/coping-with-traumatic-events/index.shtml - 12-Sep-2001 - Hits: 880 - Rate This | Details
Exposure To A Traumatic Event Does Not Automatically Put A Person On A Path To Develop PTSD
This article presents a principle that is essential to building a wellness approach that uses public health prevention strategies to prevent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other psychiatric disorders that come from exposure to trauma.
http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/promote.html - 20-Jul-2007 - Hits: 1814 - Rate This | Details
How to Provide Spiritually Sensitive Trauma Care
Trauma care providers may not be addressing the whole person if they avoid inquiry about how the client’s faith and religious perspectives are being affected by the trauma. For many people, spirituality forms the root of their identity. Consequently, neglecting the spiritual dimension is like ignoring a client’s social environment or physical health state.1
http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/provide.html - 20-Jul-2007 - Hits: 309 - Rate This | Details
Keeping Your Relationship Healthy When Your Veteran Spouse/Partner Is Injured
Is keeping a relationship healthy easy even in the best of situations? People in long lasting relationships report that it takes an investment of constant effort, like growing a beautiful garden to keep a relationship thriving. When your loved-one has a serious injury and you are in a care-giving role, it can take a toll on your relationship. In order to keep your relationship strong, you need to evaluate honestly how you are doing.
http://www.giftfromwithin.org/html/Caregiver-Support-for-Military-Spouses-Partners-PTSD.html - 6-Nov-2009 - Hits: 186 - Rate This | Details
Blog featuring a variety of articles, such as an ongoing series of posts entitled 'Nowhere to Hide', that addresses childhood trauma with a special focus on the impact to the child's education and cognitive development. Articles are well-researched and sourced and provide valuable insight that is not only informative but also stirring.
https://lucidwitness.com - 16-Jul-2016 - Hits: 234 - 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: 375 - Rate This | Details
Partners with PTSD
"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: 932 - Rate This | Details
Preventing Compassion Fatigue: What Veteran Spouse/Partner Caregivers Need to Know
Being a care-giver takes courage, but there are no medals for your efforts. As you are there day-to-day helping your injured soldier heal, it may take a toll on you. "Compassion fatigue" is what we call the set of symptoms that care-givers can sometimes experience.
http://giftfromwithin.org/html/Compassion-Fatigue-What-Veteran-Caregivers-Need-to-Know.html - 6-Nov-2009 - Hits: 232 - Rate This | Details
PTSD Resource Guide
This resource guide was created to help veterans and their family members to better recognize the signs and symptoms of PTSD and what steps to take to get help. This comprehensive resource includes a lot of useful information as well as links to very helpful resources including links to military affairs sites for each state.
http://www.rntobsnonlineprogram.com/ptsd/ - 18-Jul-2017 - Hits: 94 - Rate This | Details
Trauma Addiction - Safety and Stabilization for the Addicted Survivor of Trauma
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: 900 - 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: 266 - 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 Women's 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: 356 - Rate This | Details
What Is Psychological Trauma?
An article from the Sidran Foundation that defines trauma, and discusses trauma survivors, the changes they go through, and how they attempt to cope with traumatic events in their lives. Serves as a comprehensive but concise overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of trauma.
http://www.sidran.org/resources/for-survivors-and-loved-ones/what-is-psychological-trauma/ - 12-Sep-2001 - Hits: 2287 - Rate This | Details