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Care for the terminally ill has greatly expanded. Humor and play, however, remain largely unexplored, surrendered to the cultural expectation of dignity and respect for the dying. This paper suggests several uses of humor and play with the dying, and the benefits of these interventions with patients, families, and care givers.
1. The professional literature increasingly indicates the need to educate persons with serious mental illness regarding HIV/AIDS. 2. Community-based organizations currently responding to the AIDS epidemic are poorly equipped to respond to the special needs of persons with serious mental illness. 3. Persons with serious mental illness are concerned by(More)
As the number of people with AIDS increases, the number of people impacted by the AIDS crisis will also increase. Larger metropolitan areas have already responded to the crisis with various services (Deuchar, 1984); but the disease has yet to fully impact on smaller cities and towns. The formation of community service groups to cope with the AIDS crisis is(More)
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a more and more frequently diagnosed disorder. In this article, MPD is considered the result of a dissociative defense in response to severe trauma during the formative period of personality formation. As the child dissociates to defend against the trauma, the fragments of personality develop as separate entities. The(More)
Mental health treatment of the Old Order Amish is a relatively new phenomenon. Increasingly however, members of this sequestered Christian sect are either voluntarily seeking treatment or finding themselves ordered into treatment. Because they resist acculturation, many of the models of cross-cultural treatment are less than fully applicable; and because(More)
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