David Ronald A. Diaz

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OBJECTIVE This study examined the diagnostic and clinical features of deaf psychiatric inpatients. METHODS Archival clinical data for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults (N=30) were compared with data for a random sample of hearing adults (N=60) admitted to a state psychiatric hospital from 1998 to 2008. RESULTS Significant differences were found between(More)
OBJECTIVES To contribute to the dearth of literature on the prevalence rates of psychiatric disorders in deaf adults, this study examined the diagnostic and clinical characteristics of deaf psychiatric outpatients in comparison to hearing psychiatric outpatients. METHODS Archival clinical data for deaf adults (N=241), treated at a specialized,(More)
Many deaf individuals comprise a unique cultural and linguistic minority group. This article reviews the current research literature related to the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of culturally deaf individuals suffering from mental disorders. Appropriate psychiatric assessment and treatment requires that clinicians be sensitive to issues of language(More)
This case report demonstrates challenges diagnosing psychosis in language dysfluent deaf patients. Treatment of a 34-year-old deaf man on an inpatient psychiatric unit is described. He had a history of physical aggression and possible symptoms of paranoia and thought disorganization, in addition to learning difficulties and minimal language skills. The(More)
This article reviews recent research in the area of psychotic disorders in deaf psychiatric patients. Comparisons of the rates of psychotic disorders in the deaf and hearing populations suggest that psychotic disorders occur equally as often or even somewhat less often in the deaf population as in the hearing population. Consideration is given to the(More)
Nonepileptic events (pseudoseizures, nonepileptic seizures, psychogenic nonepileptic seizures) are a common manifestation of conversion disorder. The treatment of nonepileptic events (NEEs) is complex and the literature on the etiology and treatment of this disorder is quite divergent. One therapy that has shown initial effectiveness in conversion disorder,(More)
Mapping brain activity patterns in external actions has been studied in recent decades and is the base of a brain-computer interface. This type of interface is extremely useful for people with disabilities, where one can control robotic systems that assist, or even replace, non functional body members. Part of the studies in this area focuses on noninvasive(More)
Deaf youth may be more vulnerable to psychiatric disorders but very little research data is available. The current study identified prevalence rates of psychiatric disorders and examined the psychosocial needs and strengths of deaf youth aged 4-17 receiving specialized outpatient mental health services for the deaf. Compared to hearing peers, deaf youth had(More)
Archival data of seclusion and restraint events in a group of deaf adults (n = 30) was compared with a random sample of hearing adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) (n = 30) and a random sample of hearing adults without ID (n = 51) admitted to a state hospital from 1998 to 2008. Only 12% of the hearing non-ID group experienced a seclusion or restraint(More)
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