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RENEWAL: Christian Treatment and Recovery is an optional treatment supplement available through Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At Brookhaven, we understand that when you are suffering from an eating disorder, a personality disorder, a behavioral health disorder or chemical dependency, life can seem utterly hopeless. It can cause Christians to feel abandoned and distant from God. However, by strengthening your spirituality, in conjunction with our professional medical services, you can experience results that you never thought were possible.

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God who created us and loves us (Genesis 1:26)
Jesus Christ who redeems us (Isaiah 53:5)
The Holy Spirit who guides us (Acts 1:8)

When you participate in RENEWAL, you’re part of something much bigger than yourself. Brookhaven clients receive expert care from our team of mental professionals. Treatment is solution-focused and success-oriented. Our goal is to minimize symptoms, help individuals address life problems and live fulfilling lives. Sometimes healing requires a helping hand. We’re here to provide the guidance and support you need to recover.

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Individuals with bulimia alternate between compulsive binge eating and purging. Without treatment bulimia can be deadly. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program can offer medical, psychological and faith-based eating disorder treatments.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after a traumatic event. Without getting proper help it can be debilitating. Strengthening your faith can help you confront the past and form a brighter future.

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When you are part of the RENEWAL program, you are part of something bigger than yourself. You are part of a support system based on professional medical care as well as spiritual guidance.

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can fill your life with uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) and rituals (compulsions) and stand in the way of relationships and your career.

Campaign to raise awareness about childhood mental illness too successful?

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New York University’s Child Study Center recently commissioned a campaign to raise awareness about mental health issues among children that has sparked a public debate. The campaign, produced pro bono by BBDO, an Omnicom agency, features various ransom notes composed of newspaper clipping fonts, which have been displayed in Newsweek, New York Magazine and billboards around New York. Here’s an example of one of the ransom notes:

“We have your son. We will make sure he will no longer be able to care for himself or interact socially as long as he lives.” – Autism

Kristina Chew, founder of a blog called Autism Vox and mother of a ten year old son that has autism, was one of many extremely offended by the ads. Mrs. Chew said, “the reaction has been mostly outrage from parents of special-needs children, autistic adults, teachers, disability rights advocates and mental health professionals.” Many feel that the ad is inappropriate because it features language that is so strong and projects these children as being criminalized. However, according to Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, director of the New York University Child Study Center, “Children’s mental disorders are truly the last great public health problem that has been left unaddressed… It’s like with AIDS. Everyone needs to be concerned and informed.” Additionally John Osborn, CEO of BBDO, stated, “It’s tricky because there are a lot of messages in the air particularly at holiday time. That makes it a challenge to cut through the clutter.”

The campaign features several other notes written from the personalities of Asperger’s, bulimia, depression, OCD, and ADHD.

The ad has certainly succeeded. It has sparked public debate and has made mental health issues among children more visible. I doubt, however, that Dr. Koplewicz, nor the folks over at BBDO, knew that the campaign would cause so much hullabaloo. The following is an excerpt of an article from the New York Times that discusses the issue:

Produced pro bono by BBDO, an Omnicom agency that worked on two previous campaigns for the Child Study Center, the campaign features scrawled and typed communiqués as well as simulations of classic ransom notes, composed of words clipped from a newspaper.

In addition to autism, there are ominous threats concerning depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and bulimia. The campaign’s overarching theme is that 12 million children “are held hostage by a psychiatric disorder.”

The public service announcements began running this week in New York magazine and Newsweek as well as on kiosks, billboards and construction sites around New York City.

“Children’s mental disorders are truly the last great public health problem that has been left unaddressed,” said Dr. Koplewicz, adding: “It’s like with AIDS. Everyone needs to be concerned and informed.”

In some quarters, however, the campaign has raised hackles as much as awareness. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a national grass-roots organization of children and adults, is circulating a petition asking the Child Study Center to end the campaign.

Click here to read the article from the New York Times

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