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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Social Work Month

           In our of my fellow social workers, I would like to be the advocate for all our patients, clients, and administrators in saying Thank You for all your hard work and dedication that you provide in any and all situations of your practices and agencies. It takes a certain type of person to be able to stomach and endure all that we hear and deal with a consistent basis day in and day out. My advice to all those young social workers, in the prime of their career social workers, and young at heart social workers take this time to recognize yourself and if that means taking that well deserved "Mental Health Day" (yea even we need those days) than do it!!!

A great man once said "If we(as social workers) don't take the time step back, rest and reassess, how can we ask that of our clients?" -Me 

Thank you Social Workers!!!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Feedback Wanted!!!

Today, I came across an article that Georgia will be relaxing it law related to obtaining gun licenses for those who are currently seeking mental health or substance abuse treatment. As Yahoo! News reported-Click the link for full article: Georgia Relaxing Gun Law for Mentally Ill/ Substance Abuse 

I wish I had a hard stance on this, but I don't. I would love if my readers whichever stance you hold provide me with why i should or should not agree with this law. It is such a touchy subject no matter what you believe. So in the words of The Beatles "Help, I need somebody Help..."

Happy Weekend!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Transformers: More than meets the ADHD eye...

If you have ever been to an after school special on drugs or alcohol, you tend to hear this line come up a few times: "Alcohol/Weed is a gateway drug ". Apparently, that also exists with mental health and psychiatric/behavioral disorders. As reported by, which quoted the March 4th online issue of Pediatrics as saying "57 percent of children with ADHD had at least one other psychiatric disorder as adults, as compared with 35 percent of those studied who didn't have childhood ADHD. The most common were substance abuse/dependence, antisocial personality disorder, hypomanic episodes, generalized anxiety and major depression...Of the children who still had ADHD as adults, 81 percent had at least one other psychiatric disorder, as compared with 47 percent of those who no longer had ADHD and 35 percent of those without childhood ADHD."  

Interesting, yet why would we not say these children had any of these disorders AND THEN developed ADHD? Maybe these children do not have ADHD at all and simply cannot give another diagnosis to them because the DSM(Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) would not give enough criteria for the child to have another maybe more severe diagnosis. I don't have the answer, all I am saying is, call it ADHD ,call it banana bread, makes no significant difference in the scheme of things as long as the child receives the best treatment possible.

I had to dig further into the broader scope of mental health. Can a person have only one diagnosis or do the majority of psychiatric/behavioral patients have at least two diagnosis?

Again, pulls me through. In an article in 2008 they reported, "Most patients had more than one diagnosis; on average, patients had 1.9 current diagnoses. Patients with principal diagnoses of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder had the highest number of diagnoses."

With both articles this leads me to believe that there is a good chance that those children may have had other psychiatric problems already and not that it LED to those disorders in adulthood. Before you get on my case, I am NOT, I repeat NOT suggesting that those children have or should be diagnosed with Bipolar or Schizophrenia or a Personality disorder or any severe psychiatric illness. What I am suggesting is that ADHD much like other behavioral problems are not a stand alone issue and there is more going on than "Jonny cant sit still or concentrate in class".

Good to be back folks!
PS-Both articles are linked when you click ScienceDaily


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Life gets in the way...

It has been 3 1/2 months since I have posted any blog or anything. It has been a very busy 3 months and I have been beginning some new professional en devours while I have been gone. In the coming months I will be teaming up with another organization that brings the world of social media and social work together. Until that is solidified and complete I hope to continue what I started on this blog which was to educate the masses about social work and psychology in our everyday lives. So with that I say get ready, get set and jump on(again) and roll with this Blog.

Thank you for your support!

Clinically Speaking!

Monday, October 29, 2012

High Winds, High Tides, High Floods=(you guessed it) High Anxiety

Dear Hurricane Sandy,
Have you ever known anyone who has mental health or behavioral health issues? If you do than your are basically ignoring the fact that for people who do not have these issues are feeling high anxiety, so imagine if you take anti-anxiety medications, or you are a parent who who has a child with ADHD at home because school is closed, or a senior citizen who has dementia in an evacuation area, did ya ever think about those people? Well since this is a Hurricane and not a human, pretty difficult for any thought processing to be going on. For all of us who do have emotions and do think what can we do to decrease these feelings? 
Answer: anything and everything to keep your mind off the weather. Seriously. I have no real clinical advice for these situations other than head the warnings and precautions of your local officials and for lack of better words "weather the storm" (how could I resist that cliché?)  Stay occupied, enjoy the day off and make sure you are safe and read a lot of blogs! 

I hope this added to decreasing your anxiety levels, I will have more occupying your day off Hurricane Sandy posts! 
Breathe in and breathe out!

Have a safe day!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Got Flu? Get a Flu Shot...Got PTSD? Get a PTSD Shot...Wait What?

Not into vaccines in general, but this sounds, sounds pretty remarkable. reported on this potential vaccine, but is a bit late to this party because in December of 2011 Wired magazine reported on this same potentiality of a "cure"(not a fan of that terminology either). Either way, the link is posted below on both articles. article 2011: PTSD Vaccination
FoxNews article 2012: PTSD Vaccination

One more interesting, fairly new treatment is the usage of services dogs to help those veterans cope with having PTSD. Click here for the link.

Over many blog posts I have spoken about the new interventions that clinicians and practitioners have been developing in treating all the different ailments that our war veterans have been enduring in specifically PTSD. This is proof that although we have not fully been able to conquer all ailments they are certainly paying attention over the influx of suicide and PTSD of current war veterans.  

Have a good one!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Music To My (Patient's who have Depression & Alzheimers) Ears...

When I was in undergrad (a few moons ago), I had a friend who wrote a paper on humor and psychology, which stole my thunder at the time. However, I did have another “out of the box” type of therapy in psychology, and that was music (my thesis was Music and Psychology). Music plays a role in everyone's life from owning an iPod, to realizing that most movies would not be as good if it didn't have the right music for each scene.

So, does music play a role in psychology? Turns out very much so in treating people with Depression, Anxiety and Alzheimer’s.

When I did research on there was data to support the reasoning that music helps with people suffering from Alzheimer's was that the music that was being played for the patients in session was music from their youth and young adulthood sparking the patient to learn(remember) the songs which would kick start their anterograde memory helping them recall events from those points in time. On the Alzheimer's Foundation of America website they dedicate an entire page to the usage of music therapy with people suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia. Here is the link Music Therapy and Alzheimer's

There recently has been many news and medical outlets that have reported the usage of music therapy. BBC news reported that researchers at the University of Jyväskylä, said: "Our trial has shown that music therapy, when added to standard care helps people to improve their levels of depression and anxiety...After three months, patients receiving music therapy showed a greater improvement in scores of anxiety and depression than the other set of patients." Furthermore Fox News reported that Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis collaborated with Drexel University to in study to exam the usage of music therapy and people who have depression or anxiety who have also been given a cancer diagnosis. Debra Burns, the lead researcher reported that "Compared to patients who only received standard cancer treatment, the combined data from the studies suggested that patients who also had music treatment rated their anxiety and pain lower and had higher mood scores. In addition, their heart rates were lower by about four beats per minute; on average...There was no effect, however, on how patients rated their depression or fatigue."

The article goes on to dispute the effectiveness but it’s worth noting that these are some of the advances in "outside the box" thinking.  Patients with mental illness need to consider every form of therapy before entering treatment, as well as clinicians being able to say "oh play therapy or CBT isn’t for everyone let's try something else".

Again, just another example of how the mental health field continues to develop. 

Happy Friday and Happy Football!!!