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Putting It Together: Final Thoughts on Two Decades of Mental Health and Addiction Development Efforts

  • Patricia A. FindleyEmail author
  • Richard Isralowitz
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Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)

Abstract

The conflict in the social and political environments over the years has impacted those in the Middle East, leading some to addiction and mental health issues. The work over the last 20 years has brought the field to a better, but not complete, understanding of the causes of these two impacts. Underpinned in the theory of the social construction of reality, readers of this book will see how collective thought can lead to deeply rooted misunderstandings leading to violence between cultures; as well as work with individuals, groups, youth, adults and older persons. We have also explored the concepts of prevention to address psychological first aid as a way to mitigate conflict as a secondary intervention. At the primary intervention level, we address ways to bolster the community overall; in the end, a shared reality of cooperation is truly the one hope to reduce the stress and conflict in the Middle East.

Keywords

Mental Health Middle East Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Mental Health Issue Collaborative Care 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Work, Rutgers UniversityThe State University of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Spitzer Department of Social WorkBen Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael

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