A busy pediatrician looked troubled and tense. He had seen this five-year old, Angela, once before two years ago. Then, it was a fall from some playground equipment her mother had said. Today, mom reported that it was a fractured wrist due to a fall from Angela’s bicycle. However this didn’t explain the child’s two […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
“Home is where the heart is” is a common expression that connotes caring and support. However in some homes it means heartache, medical injury, psychological terror, and even death. Not all family values are good, prosocial values; some are violent and destructive. Domestic violence (DV) refers to the physical, sexual, verbal/oral, and nonverbal acts of […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
It happens. Violence suddenly erupts. It may be in homes, in schools, in factories, in houses of worship, or in the community’s streets. We know what happens. The first responders arrive. The assailant is subdued. The media encamps and reports the incident(s). Counselors arrive to assist the victims and witnesses. What would happen if violence […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Mental toughness…..Mental toughness. A characteristic highly prized by trauma surgeons. Today, however, one trauma surgeon didn’t have it. She had difficulty concentrating, and the patient before her had serious life-threatening injuries that required her full attention. She had been a trauma surgeon now for twelve years. She was always excited about surgery and the chance […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Preventing Youth Violence: Twenty Years Later (Enhanced Findings and Treatment Interventions, Part 2)
Twenty years ago I published a book on a topic of national concern: preventing youth violence. The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) requested I write two blogs that highlighted the contents in the book. The first blog reviewed the early/serious/urgent warning signs of youth violence. The second blog focused on a series of five treatment […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Twenty years ago I published a book on a topic of national concern: preventing youth violence (Flannery, 2012a). The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), with its emphasis on improving mental-health awareness, requested I write two blogs (herewith, in 2019, are these two new essays) on some of the topics in the book. The first blog, from […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
This essay has been prepared in consultation with Evander Lomke, president and executive director of The American Mental Health Foundation. It is posted in memory of Elizabeth Leah Lomke, September 19, 1986 – June 4, 2018. The medical community and the general public are fully cognizant of the unexpected death of otherwise apparently healthy infants, […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Dateline: Miami, Florida, March 15, 2018 The day dawned bright and sunny with typical early spring Florida warmth. People began to wake up, and each person began to plan the day. Everyone left home for work, for school, for local errands. Some did not realize that they would never be returning home. Ever. Each sat […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Dateline: February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday had not coincided since the 1940s. The day began as an amalgam of frivolity and solemnity. It wound up a tragedy in Broward County. Violence in America. Youth violence. The American Mental Health Foundation is the exclusive publisher of […]By: Evander Lomke
He was quiet but definitely paranoid. The staff could agree on this. He refused to eat any of the hospital meals to avoid being poisoned. He was quite clear about this and would only eat commercially sealed prepackaged foodstuffs, such as corn chips. Nonetheless, he was quiet and usually cooperative. Still, the staff noticed that […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
(Please also see Assaultive Psychiatric Patients: A Worldwide Perspective, 2013-17.) Patient assaults on health-care staff are a serious and worldwide occupational hazard for caregivers, all disciplines. These assaults may result in death, permanent or temporary disability, medical and legal expense, lost productivity, and severe psychological distress. They impair overall personal and institutional morale. Assaults may […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
There are many types of human-perpetrated violence. However, there is one form of this violence that occurs on a daily basis worldwide and that receives limited media attention. That act of violence is an assault on a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting. Not all psychiatric patients are assaultive but some are, and these assaults […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
The American Mental Health Foundation is delighted to announce Alexis Tomarken, MSW, PhD, has joined its professional advisory board. Dr. Tomarken is a psychologist in private practice in New York City and a supervisor in the clinical-psychology doctoral program at Long Island University (LIU). Over recent years, Dr. Tomarken has trained as a psychoanalytic candidate in the […]By: Evander Lomke
This new book, by Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr., is the first of several planned titles from AMHF Books as an Audio title. Order on this link today! Of the print and ebook (Kindle) editions, Midwest Book Review, in part, praises: “Impressively informed and informative, thoroughly “reader friendly” in organization and presentation. Coping with Anxiety […]By: Evander Lomke
For Mental Health Month: Excellent Advance Notice Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism by Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr. in the Midwest Book Review
Vogel’s Bookshelf Coping with Anxiety in An Age of Terrorism Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr. American Mental Health Foundation PO Box 3, Riverdale, NY 10471-0003 www.americanmentalhealthfoundation.org 9781590565605, $12.00, PB, 112pp, www.amazon.com Synopsis: The use of terrorism to promote a cause is a tragical reality of our times in almost every country in the world. It is […]By: Evander Lomke
This op-ed by executive director Evander Lomke was published March 28, 2017, in the San Francisco Chronicle. The editorial covers the important work of PTSD authority Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr. in his cogent new book Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism. The official publication date of this book is June 15, 2017. […]By: Evander Lomke
From Holy Cross Alumni magazine, winter 2017, volume 51, number 1 “Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk By Raymond B. Flannery Jr. ’64 Lantern Books [distributor] In Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk, Flannery explores the question of violence and whether or not it […]By: Evander Lomke
Huffington Post and other sources report on Lady Gaga’s appearance on Today discussing her battle with PTSD (see below). AMHF Books is one of the leading publishers of works (9) on PTSD, stress, and violence. In spring 2017, The American Mental Health Foundation will issue Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism by Dr. […]By: Evander Lomke
This is the sixth Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a research organization formed in 1924, incorporated in New York State December 31, 1954. In 2017, AMHF celebrates 93 years of philanthropic service and activities—“Advancing Mental Health: A Century of Excellence in Mental Health Research.” Vision: Building a More Compassionate Society—Get Involved! Mission: AMHF endeavors […]By: Evander Lomke
Where was God? Dateline: Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013 The day was perfect. Bright sunshine, a pleasant warmth. College student, Victoria McGrath, was excited. The Boston Marathon was a premier sports event. The crowd was excited as well. The enthusiasm was electric and Victoria positioned herself near the finish line, so as to have the […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk by Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FAPM, June 2016 New England Psychologist Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Raymond Flannery called Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk, serves as a useful handbook for understanding the […]By: Evander Lomke
AMHF Books has received two recent and superb notices of its books from Midwest Book Review. The first is for There’s No Handle on My Door: Stories of Patients in Mental Hospitals by Dr. Henry Kellerman (who is pictured) “In There’s No Handle on My Door, Henry Kellerman probes institutional life through nine fascinating profiles. […]By: Evander Lomke
The Winter 2016 issue of the University of Toronto—where I did graduate work forty years ago—alumni magazine features an article on the college response to a rise in mental-health needs among its students. In an evermore diverse society, in a faster-changing culture amid the brave new world of social media, college-aged students in North America […]By: Evander Lomke
This is the fifth Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a research organization formed in 1924, incorporated in New York State December 31, 1954. In 2014, AMHF celebrated ninety years of philanthropic service and activities—“Advancing Mental Health.” Striving toward 100 years is a remarkable achievement of longevity and vision. Vision: Building a […]By: Evander Lomke
Shootings. Stabbings. Rapes. Acts of terror. These can’t happen here. But they do. A wave of violence is sweeping our land, the world. In the U.S., violence is an epidemic. AMHF is doing something about it. In April 2016, the foundation will publish Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce the Risk […]By: Evander Lomke
Does psychology undermine morality? The question is broad. The book on the subject is short. Pundit Mona Charen reviews it in National Review (April 20, 2015). She says, Yes. As a reflection of the research and outreach conducted by this foundation, since 1924, my different view follows…. Regarding Mona Charen’s review of Admirable Evasions: How Psychology […]By: Evander Lomke
It had been a bad week. Fighting fires is a war that never ends but this had been a bad week. Ladder 6 had been called to a motor-vehicle accident on Monday afternoon. In the passenger’s seat had been a young mother. On impact she was thrown through the windshield and was now impaled on […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
(This is the second of two companion essays on assaultive psychiatric patients. The first focused on the characteristics of patient assailants. This second essay focuses on staff victims. The interested reader will want to read both essays to have a comprehensive understanding of this worldwide problem.) Psychiatric patient assaults on healthcare staff are a worldwide […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Dateline: Anywhere, Any Time The voice in Daniel’s head kept saying “The nurse is trying to kill you. The nurse is trying to kill you. The nurse is trying to kill you.” Daniel, a twenty-two-year-old patient with schizophrenic illness, became very frightened, then terrified, then explosively angry. “Time for medicines. Patients please come to the […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
In early December a tragedy occurred, one causing untold sadness and posttraumatic stress disorder. Yet in the 56 years since this happened, signs of resiliency have also emerged. In my mind’s eye, I can see my grandfather, 56 years ago, sliding down the chrome pole in his firehouse and landing on the rubber mat. In […]By: William Van Ornum, Ph.D.