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June 25, 2015 - 1:32pm
PTSD awareness month

Chad Wetterneck, PhD
Clinical Supervisor, Cognitive Behavioral Specialist

People who have been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often subjected to intense reoccurring anxiety concerning a traumatic event they experienced or witnessed. Sometimes, individuals living with PTSD feel an overwhelming shame about their persistent fears.

PTSD often causes an individual to numb their anxiety regarding their specific event; however, when a person tries to numb their emotions, they have no control over which ones they can deaden. In effect, a person desensitizes all of their emotions— including joy, compassion and love. When a person does this to their emotions, it can have a detrimental effect on any relationships they may have in their life.

Over time, friends, family and partners may find it difficult to connect to their loved one who appears to be emotionally unresponsive and the relationship can even fade away. If a person with PTSD does lose many of their previously stable relationships, the isolation can be devastating to their support system and behavioral health.

Given the stigmatizing nature of many traumatic events (e.g., sexual assaults, combat-related losses or harm) many people develop a strong sense of shame. Living with shame for an extended amount of time may feel the need to shield their emotions from loved ones or their medical professionals. The lesson here is: just because a person’s anxiety may appear to be healed, their wellbeing could still be in danger if they feel ashamed about their actions or experiences. For this reason, a patient’s shame should be taken just as seriously as their psychiatric symptoms.

At Rogers Memorial Hospital, our PTSD partial hospitalization program offered at the West Allis and Brown Deer locations is cognitive behavioral therapy based and emphasizes prolonged exposure, which allows patients to devote equal portions of their time toward reducing their symptoms and defining meaning in their lives. By defining meaning in their lives, we mean that patients are discovering their own values and actively pursuing them. A patient’s values and goals could be based in their career, family, romantic relationship or an array of other facets of their lives.

What is important is that patients and their psychiatric team are investing their time in the correct areas that will help promote a patient’s self-love and reduce personal shaming tendencies—making life worth living.

June 25, 2015 - 9:14am

By Jody Pahlavan, PsyD

Could it be ADHD?Dr. Pahlavan is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical director of the child and adolescent day treatment and partial hospitalization services at Rogers Memorial Hospital.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is often first noticed during the preschool and early school years. One of the most common childhood disorders, ADHD affects 5 to 8 percent of school age children.

What is ADHD?

ADHD symptoms can be categorized into two groups: inattention and hyperactivity and impulsivity. In early childhood, these behaviors are common; however, in children with ADHD these behaviors occur more frequently and are more severe. Some of these characteristics may be:

  • Highly distracted
  • Losing and forgetting things
  • Always on the “go”
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Easily bored
  • Lack of self-control
  • Difficulty waiting for turn/standing in line
  • Daydreaming or “zoning out”

These difficulties can be observed in free play settings, but as the child grows and is required to show focused attention on tasks, such as school work, the symptoms may be seen more frequently. With ADHD, hyperactivity/impulsive behaviors are often noticed in early childhood, while inattentive behaviors become more apparent when a child enters school.

How is ADHD treated?

While the most recognized method of treating ADHD is through medication, successful ADHD treatment is multidimensional and includes evidence-based therapeutic techniques. The two most important elements of treatment include medication management and behavior therapy.

When first diagnosed there may be a process of trial and observation to determine the right medication and dosage; however, 70 to 80 percent of kids have an excellent initial response. The most common medications prescribed for ADHD are stimulants. While it seems odd, the drugs stimulate the areas of the brain that are responsible for attention and impulse control and help a child to focus.

In addition, behavior therapy can be used to address specific behaviors or teach a child new skills to help him or her manage their behavior. For example, therapy may include social skills training to improve communication, interpersonal skills or self-esteem.

Another facet of behavior therapy can include parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) which teaches parents how to encourage desired behaviors and minimize the impulsive or inattentive ones.

As a parent, how can I help ensure success for my child with ADHD?

Children with ADHD may have a more difficult time during the school year than children without ADHD. The following are some suggestions for parents to help the school year go smoothly and successfully:

  • Create a routine – a chart or outline of activities and times that your child can see provides familiarity and comfort.
  • Stay organized – highlight important things on a calendar or cork board, plan the night ahead by laying out clothes, shoes and backpacks.
  • Communicate – with the school and your child’s teacher. Discuss the diagnosis and ask for the teacher to provide updates on how your child is doing in the classroom.
  • Connect – with your child. Encourage them, teach them to reward themselves, understand their needs and offer support.

If your child’s behavior makes you question if it is ADHD or just a normal part of growing up, begin by talking to your child’s teacher, many times they will be the first to notice. A pediatrician is another option and can even recommend you to a mental health professional that has expertise in ADHD.

Sources: Child Mind Institute

June 18, 2015 - 8:42am

OCD Wisconsin WalkThe first OCD-Wisconsin Walk was held Saturday, June 13th. The two-mile walk around Fowler Park in Oconomowoc, WI was organized by OCD-Wisconsin, an affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF). Rogers Memorial Hospital was a major sponsor for the event. The goal of the walk was to raise awareness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

According to the American Psychiatric Association, OCD is linked to impairing multiple realms of an individual’s life. This means that OCD can impact a person’s work, school, family life and overall quality of life. Rogers strives to make every life worth living and raising awareness about OCD is the first step towards positively impacting someone’s life.

Our very own David Jacobi, PhD, clinical supervisor, started the event with a few opening words about the prevalence of OCD, which currently affects about 3 million adults and over 500,000 children and adolescents nationally. Jacobi also discussed effective treatment methods available, as well as the advocacy work of the IOCDF, OCD-Wisconsin and Rogers Memorial Hospital. Jacobi made special notice of the newly-created Barry Thomet Scholarship and said a few words about its namesake.

At the walk, the first Barry Thomet Scholarships were awarded to two deserving high school students. Each student was awarded $500 to contribute towards their secondary education. The students were nominated by their school counselors for overcoming obstacles they face due to their OCD.

The scholarship’s namesake, Barry Thomet, has been a devoted Rogers employee for more than 20 years. Thomet has shown exemplary devotion to those suffering from OCD, as well as passionate commitment to their families.

Rogers had the largest team of employees represented at the walk. The total number of attendees was between 150 and 160 people— a substantial turnout considering a poor weather was forecast for this first-ever event.

Between registration and sponsorship fees, the event generated about $10,000, which OCD- Wisconsin will then use to help provide valuable resources and support to those with OCD, their families and their communities. Additionally, the funds will help raise awareness about successful OCD treatment methods and research for those affected.

May 8, 2015 - 10:47am

Balloon LaunchBy: Jenifer Waite Wollenburg, MS-ATR, Manager of Inpatient Clinical Programming and Experiential Therapy
West Allis Campus

On Thursday, May 7th, Rogers Memorial Hospital joined 1,100 communities and 140 national collaborating organizations across the country to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The goal is to raise awareness about the needs of children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with mental health or substance use challenges.

To show our support for children’s mental health and well-being, Rogers invited our inpatient child and adolescent program in West Allis and the child and adolescent day treatment programs in West Allis and Kenosha to launch lime green (the color representing mental health) balloons carrying handwritten messages of hope and support. Balloon releases occurred throughout the day, so that all the children would have the opportunity to participate in this important event.

Some of these messages of hope were:

  • "I know I’m good for something I just haven’t found it yet”
  • “In the end we only regret the chances we did not take”
  • “Life is about the journey, not the destination”
  • “Never forget who you are, you are what you love not who loves you”
  • “Stars don’t shine without a little darkness”
  • “Don’t be the you that you don’t want to be, be the person you want to be”

The Rogers-Oconomowoc campus celebrated Children’s Mental Health Day by holding a small ceremony dedicating a green space that will be developed into a therapeutic courtyard and sanctuary for patients, their families, staff and wildlife in the near future. Patients were encouraged to share their personal journeys and after everyone was able to plant flowers and decorate flower plots that will be kept on the patio in the courtyard.

The national Awareness Day balloon launch event will take place in Washington, D.C., and in the past has featured special general sessions of the National Council for Behavioral Health annual conference, workshops, and speakers. SAMHSA’s annual observance provides an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact we can have on the lives of young people.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is near and dear to Rogers, our patients, families and staff. Visit our Facebook page to see photos of our celebration or to leave a comment on how you celebrated!

March 19, 2015 - 7:24am

Jim KubicekWe recently sat down with Jim Kubicek, the vice President of operations for the Rogers Memorial Hospital–Brown Deer campus, to learn more about his passion for mental health and how the new inpatient hospital will provide more access to care.

How are things going with the renovations at the new hospital?

There is still some work to do, but we are only about a month away from occupying the hospital, so we are right on schedule. It is looking great; we are getting more excited the closer we get to opening. Right now we are finalizing our staff and are planning on some mock run-throughs so we are all set and ready when the hospital opens its doors.

Can you tell us more about the size and types of programs that will be offered in Brown Deer?

Rogers Memorial Hospital-Brown Deer will have 28 inpatient beds for adults and 28 beds for children and teens. This is an acute inpatient level of care, to help stabilize patients both medically and emotionally. An inpatient stay provides intensive treatment for a few days.

Rogers supports this level of care through what we call “intensive outpatient” and “partial hospitalization” programs. These are programs that allow for patients to get the treatment they need in either a three or six-hour-per-day program. The primary goal for these levels of care is to improve the symptoms and daily functioning of the patient, while allowing them to remain connected with their family and friends, work or school.

These programs are offered directly across the street from the hospital and include programs for depression and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, child and adolescent mental health treatment, dual diagnosis programs and even a general mental health program geared specifically for women.

What does the new facility do for Milwaukee County and the surrounding community?

There is a tremendous need for quality inpatient hospital programs in Milwaukee County. One of the central components of Rogers’ philosophy is providing access to care, and that is what this is really all about.

I believe that when we open the doors in late April, Rogers will stand ready to meet the behavioral health needs for those in Brown Deer and neighboring communities. We are really going to be focusing on providing a seamless, integrated transition, not just between an acute inpatient level of care, but system-wide with our intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, supporting patients as they transition back into the community.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

When I first got into the mental health field, the big idea I had in terms of becoming a social worker and a clinician was one of providing service. I believed – and I continue to believe – that the folks who are doing this work are called to service. As I transitioned into leadership roles over the course of my career my focus changed to systems of care. I believe systems of care are called to service. Service that is highly integrated, accessible and unquestionably committed to quality.

That is what really excites me, what really makes me want to get up and come to work every single morning is that I believe in the programs and treatment we provide. As a behavioral health system we are doing this work for the right reasons. That’s what is important to me, and everyone at Rogers. We are going to be there to help people rediscover a life worth living.

February 19, 2015 - 11:10am

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, hosted by The National Eating Disorder Association, is February 22-28. The week’s theme “I had No Idea” is intended to shine a light on the often overlooked severity of eating disorders and to educate the general public on the signs, causes and treatment options for those who suffer from one. The focus is on the recovery aspects of eating disorders most people had no idea they would feel about after treatment. For instance, many people during treatment realize there are others just like them. Who feel similar feelings, who respond to food in similar ways. This is just an example of one of the many “I had no idea” statements staff hear at Rogers Memorial Hospital. With the national theme for NEDAwareness Week being “I had no idea,” Rogers is highlighting all the positive affirmations one learns about themselves and their life throughout the treatment and recovery process. The photos posted throughout the week are staff members of Rogers Memorial Hospital sharing what they have heard or observed from patients discharging from eating disorder treatment. Patients often leave having found a new sense of confidence and a feeling of empowerment. After treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital, patients discover they previously had “no idea” they have a life.worth.living.



January 28, 2015 - 11:43am

Super Bowl Sunday, a day rooted in decades of tradition, infamous commercials, and world champions. At Rogers Memorial Hospital’s FOCUS program, Super Bowl Sunday isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about being a part of a group of individuals who are facing the same challenges with life transitions. FOCUS residents will be watching the game, enjoying snacks together and, although some residents may not be interested in the game’s outcome, the key is participation.

“Individuals with mood disorders often isolate and withdraw from activities that are important to living a rewarding life,” said Rachel Leonard, PhD, behavioral activation specialist and clinical supervisor of the FOCUS residential program for young adults.

Participating in enjoyable experiences, such as the FOCUS residents watching the Super Bowl together, is part of their behavioral activation therapy to help improve mood and work toward a fulfilling, active life. This not only engages the residents, it reinforces the idea that everyone is in this together. As Dr. Leonard mentions, it is natural for individuals with mood disorders to avoid social interaction and activities; when the residents are reminded that their peers are experiencing similar difficulties, it creates a stronger sense of camaraderie.

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January 5, 2015 - 9:23am

It’s long been known that mental illness knows no bounds or language barriers. Finally technology has caught up with behavioral health and Rogers Memorial Hospital is on the forefront of using it to better treat our patients.

Rogers now uses a translation app which runs on an iPad and allows face-to-face video interaction with a translator. The most common language spoken by our patients, other than English, is Spanish. Face-to-face video translation services are available 24/7 for Spanish and American Sign Language. We can offer face-to-face video translation for other languages during the day, turning to phone translation over the phone at night.

The mobility of the iPads allows the translator to come to the patient. Rogers has already seen great success with this translation tool.

iPad translation app screenshotiPad translation app being used at Rogers Memorial Hospital
December 15, 2014 - 4:49pm

A new study found a correlation between chaos in the home and the pictures children draw of their families. As part of Rogers programming, art therapy is used to help patients express themselves. Betsy, an Art Therapist at Rogers' Brown Deer campus wrote about how art is used within treatment.



Art is an excellent tool to assist those who may have trouble verbalizing their thoughts and feelings. Think of a time you couldn’t find the right word to describe something but were able to see the thing you were trying to describe in your mind’s eye. The brain remembers in images rather than words but the majority of therapies are mostly talk-based. At Rogers Memorial Hospital, Art Therapists in Experiential Therapy use creative expression to lead patients toward emotional insight, positive hobbies, and increased confidence. The Art Therapists incorporate their practice through a variety of media in a range of patient groups at all hospital locations and in many treatment programs.

October 1, 2014 - 1:20pm

By Theodore E Weltzin, MD, FAED, FAPA

Men with eating disorders conservatively make up approximately 10 percent of anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) eating disorder patients, with BN being more common than AN. However for binge eating disorder (BED), rates for males are similar to females. While the acute presentations for males and females tend to be the same and include weight loss and malnutrition and/or binge eating with compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting and calorie restriction, significant clinical differences are present between male and female eating disorder patients. Evidence indicates that men are as concerned about body image as women. However, unlike women whose preferred body image is thin, men’s preferred body image is muscular. Exercise and athletic competition, especially sports that require low body fat or extremes of weight loss, represent a risk for developing disordered eating.

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