Trauma

Violence Risk Assessment: What it Really Entails

While additional tools might help with the implementation of this decision making process, a multidisciplinary team-based discussion around making this decision is a crucial part of this approach. It is well known that the tools do not replace sound clinical judgment, but using these in combination—team discussion, sound clinical judgment and best tools—for immediate decision-making is…

The Silence of Trauma

The Silence of Trauma

Millions of individuals are affected by the sequelae of trauma, many of them, in silence. The effects of chronic trauma tend to be cumulative, because each event serves as a reminder of the prior trauma and reinforces its negative impact. A child or adolescent who has been exposed to a series of traumas may become increasingly inundated with each subsequent event and more convinced that the world is not a safe place.

The Color Purple And The Patients And Clients We Serve: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective, Part IV

The Color Purple And The Patients And Clients We Serve:  A Psychiatrist’s Perspective, Part IV

“Love is all we need,” were the first five words Maya said to me, as she took her usual seat in my office. And as usual, my response to these kinds of doorknob comments was silence, as I waited for her to continue. I allowed the time for Maya to organize her thoughts and then she added, “I think I am Celie and I have found my Shug, and I now feel empowered and liberated.”

The Color Purple And The Patients And Clients We Serve: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective, Part II

The Color Purple And The Patients And Clients We Serve:  A Psychiatrist’s Perspective, Part II

The Color Purple illustrates the lives of so many patients I have had the privilege to serve in the public sector, in such a way that I felt compelled to write about it. We already described two salient points, child abuse and survival mode. In this current article, we are going to describe two additional ones.

The Color Purple And The Patients And Clients We Serve: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective

The Color Purple And The Patients And Clients We Serve:  A Psychiatrist’s Perspective

The Color Purple amazingly presented what countless of our patients and clients either go through or have been through, and it is worth a watch. They are many points illustrated in The Color Purple. In this current article, I will only mention two of them, and in subsequent articles, I will go over several additional key points in more detail.