The Crisis Unit of a mental health center would guest patients up to 48 hours for acute stress management.

The team of professionals that staffed this unit provided a great support system.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

Late one Saturday afternoon, a young woman entered the screening clinic of our health center.

Dressed in designer attire and 4 inch heels she displayed an air of confidence that allowed her to stand out in a crowd.

The patient was logged in by the receptionist for consultation.

In a consultation interview the young woman had shared, “I am a lady of the evening.”

The conversation developed around the statements, “I don’t want to do this anymore. I’ve had thoughts of ending my life.”

The expression of  suicidal ideations were the major priority of the hospital and focus of the interview.

Her major concern, the chief executive officer, would not understand her cry for help.

It appeared from her conversation she loved the CEO at some level.

He ran a business only legal in one state within the continental United States. That lone state is Nevada.

In my mind I referred to his operation as (People In Massive Pain) P.I.M.P.  incorporated.

She called the CEO and explained her visit to the health center.

With prompt dispatch he arrived at the hospital with two unsavory looking associates.

After a brief cou de tau  the CEO barked commands that stated she would not be staying.

Even though the young woman had verbally given her resignation it was not accepted.

Sensing the rage as noted by shouting that had spilled into the hallway, hospital attendants started showing up quietly.

Not wanting to create a scene the young woman decided to leave the hospital with the distraught gentleman as a 911 call silently went out.

About 2 hours later the gentleman returned to the screening clinic allowing the young woman to gain admittance into the Crisis Unit.

The Crisis Unit would guest clients up to 48 hours with intense counseling support.

Crisis intervention allows the cessation of the fires fueled by chaos, turmoil, and conflict.

Counseling sessions have taught me not to prematurely judge the person in front of you.

Judging creates missed opportunities to get at the root of the true nature of a problem.

To judge others requires that you give an authoritative opinion about the person.

Gather the facts and help to make a decision for the welfare of the person in front of you.

The energy spent judging is better used helping someone to get beyond the obstacles that caused the crisis.

You will be asked on occasion to help in the management of a crisis unit or endeavor, do not judge and you place yourself in a better position to help.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.





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I am a dentist in the Kansas City, MO. area willing to help in the world where dental health care is needed and appreciated. To date we have established a dental clinic in Israel and evaluated the healthcare delivery system in Havana Cuba. Serving my community at this time as a photo journalist also.

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