mental-health-screening

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

17 minute read

I really enjoy reading the blog Kellevision.com. She says it like it is and seldom misses the point of what she’s writing about. She identifies a problem in programming for homelessness and proposes a set of concepts to help clarify the situation. Image via Wikipedia “Many of the “barriers” faced by the chronically homeless are not external. They are self-inflicted. Repeatedly failing to pay one’s utility bills is not a barrier.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

Transmuted Internalizations has an important post on blog carnival on mental health treatment in primary care. Primary care physicians may be exacerbating patients’ problems by “treating” normality and introducing people to potentially very problematic side effects. Really, this is pitiful and tragic: imagine a patient who comes to his doctor’s office complaining of “stress” or “sadness” about a current relationship, who leaves with a prescription for an SSRI. That SSRI then causes sexual dysfunction and the patient’s problems multiply.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

4 minute read

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the more debilitating disorders associated with experiencing intense trauma such as a rape or living in a war zone. PTSD has been associated with symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks, extreme anxiety, inappropriate anger and violent behavior, and feelings of disconnection from family and friends. It has been associated with permanent changes in the associated with memory impairment and exaggerated startle response. Many stress related symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, chest pain and anxiety attacks also are common.