VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Neurology for Smarties: Symptom Recognition, Referral, and Support
Elisabeth D. Bennett and Jessica N. Smith
According to the World Health Organization (2007) up to one billion people are affected by a neurological disease annually worldwide constituting 6.3% of all diseases. It is estimated that neurological diseases will increase approximately 12% over the next 20 years. Neurological disorders have a reported prevalence rate of 8.7% in the Americas. In the United States neurological disorders have been noted as the second leading cause of death and disease (Montefiore Medical Center, 2010). While lower to middle socioeconomic status is related to a higher incidence rate, people in all levels of status experience neurological disorders (Dua, Cumbrera, Mathers, & Saxena, 2006). When considering other factors in narrowing the populations that experience neurological disorders, there are no distinctive discriminators. Rather, it appears clear that regardless of the specialty or client-typology, counselors are bound to experience clients who have been diagnosed with neurological difficulties.