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Welcome. Traumatic accidents seriously impact one’s life. However, with the proper information and support you—or someone you care about—can recover the life you were meant to have. In this blog, you will find tools, tips and ideas to facilitate the recovery process —tools that help patients cope with physical and psychological injuries and conditions.

A note to insurance companies: you, too, will find valuable information here that will help you better serve your insured customers. In fact, when patients get the proper support and needed care and treatment up front, they need far fewer resources in the long run than they would if support is withheld. That translates into a big win-win for the insurance carrier and a boost to the bottom line.

Here, accident survivors will learn to do more than survive—they will learn to thrive.

A Life Reclaimed: The Travis Mills story

October 15, 2019

This year, at the 39th annual Michigan Brain Injury Association fall conference, I met a remarkable man who was one of the key note speakers. Travis Mills is from a small town in Michigan and was captain of his high school football team.

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An Inspiring Response to Trauma

October 10, 2019

At the recent 39th Michigan Brain Injury Conference a keynote speaker gave a remarkable talk about how she responded to her brother’s brain injury. Her way of coping is having a positive impact on the entire world.

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The Story of Angela M. – An interview about TBI and PTSD

June 17, 2019

Angela M was a rapidly rising classical pop singer/songwriter, having just sung for an audience of 220,000 at the Canada vs. Ireland rugby match when the roll-over auto accident happened.  In an instant her life was changed in ways she is still learning to cope with.

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Honoring the Unspeakable. Ghosts of childhood trauma.

May 2, 2019

My training analyst, Dr. Henry Krystal, who had survived five Nazi death camps, would often tell me in my training sessions, “Sometimes a good forgettery is better than a good memory.”  We may live with imprints of events from our distant pasts that cause bitter pain and suffering that with existing resources are too overwhelming to speak of.  They must be spoken around.  Around versus of. 

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A New Paradigm for Traumatic Brain Injury

April 30, 2019

I was so impressed with the results of Dr. Gordon’s treatment of Andrew Marr for his war-related brain injury, documented in Marr’s book Tales from the Blast Factory, that I wanted to learn more about an effective treatment approach I knew nothing about.  Gordon had achieved what the most skilled psychotherapy could not.

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Post-concussion Syndrome: Does one of the diagnostic criteria do patients a disservice?

March 19, 2019

An excellent review of diagnostic issues related to mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-concussion syndrome (PCS) can be found in McCrea (2008). He clearly breaks down the various diagnostic systems that are currently used for head injuries.

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Pituitary Dysfunction: Traumatic Brain Injury Factors

March 15, 2019

I continue to receive testimonials from the patients of Mark L. Gordon, MD about the astounding results he is achieving through Hormone Replacement Therapy treating traumatic brain injuries.

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Near Death Experiences: Is There Life After Death?

January 17, 2019

A reader of one of my recent blog posts posted a comment that is the stimulus for this writing.  He commented that there is an unrecognized problem: being misdiagnosed by mental health professionals.  The gentleman, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, directed me to videos by a retired PhD Army nurse, Colonel Diane Corcoran.

Corcoran talks about near death experiences (NDEs) and the transformative lessons learned from them.  She studies NDEs and offers legitimate criticism that mental health professionals are mostly ignorant of this body of work.

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Omega-3s in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Brain Injury

January 15, 2019

Recently I had the pleasure of having a long telephone conversation with Dr. Michael Lewis, the author of When Brains Collide: What Every Athlete and Parent Should Know About Concussions and Head Injuries.  Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed post-graduate training at Walter Reed and Johns Hopkins.

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Understanding and Managing Flashbacks

January 8, 2019

There is relatively little empirical research into the flashback phenomenon.  Nevertheless, flashbacks are a common distressing symptom people experience in the aftermath of surviving a traumatic event.  Traumatic events emotionally overwhelmed the survivor and involve danger of loss of life or limb or witnessing others being harmed.  Indeed, flashbacks, nightmares and sleep disturbance might be considered the trifecta of post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

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New Hope for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors: The Age of Endocrinology.

December 14, 2018

Since the time of Galen, one of the greatest physicians of first-century Rome, the endocrine system—which produces and sends hormones through your body and organs—has been acknowledged as vital to the functioning of your body.  But only recently has the role of endocrine glands and hormonal imbalances been highlighted as central in the neurobehavioral and neurocognitive dysfunction following head injuries

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Transforming the Trauma Paradigm: Treating Inflammation

December 11, 2018

Most mental health professionals receive no training in the role inflammation and hormonal imbalance plays in disturbed emotion, behavior, and cognition.  This is partly due to the continued split between mind and body that was crystallized in the 17th century by the French philosopher René Descartes.

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Omega-3s and Beyond: Could they be trauma miracles?

November 27, 2018

In my last blog post, I wrote about advances in our understanding of how neurosteroids, those hormones that are produced in the brain by glial cells, are impacted by traumatic injuries.

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Is It Post-traumatic Stress or Traumatic Brain Injury?

November 20, 2018

Many of the symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and TraumaticBrain Injury overlap. I believe the original developers of the diagnosis of PTSD were not well informed about TBI, and that many patients diagnosed with PTSD may, in fact, be exhibiting symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

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Chronic Pain and Trauma – Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in America.

October 1, 2018

The role of psychology in the treatment of pain became center stage with psychologist Ronald Melzack’s conceptual model of pain, which he termed the Gate-Control Theory, first introduced in 1965 (Melzack and Wall, 1965).

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Trauma as Disconnection with Self

July 3, 2018

While I have specialized in the psychological care of people who have been deeply traumatized by overwhelming life experiences, it has been difficult to grasp an operational definition of exactly what the trauma means. The problem is often focusing on the event, what we refer to as the traumatic stressor.

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Tips for Coping with Sleep Disturbance

April 30, 2018

In my work with patients recovering from auto accident trauma, a frequent problem patients report is sleep disturbance due to racing thoughts that play over and over in their minds.

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Healing Trauma with Psychodrama

April 11, 2018

The symbolism of the Firebird has always held great meaning for me personally dealing with injuries, losses and transitions, and as a psychotraumatologist working with severely traumatized people who often feel destroyed by crushing life experiences.

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Should We Ban Autonomous Vehicles?

March 30, 2018

For many years during the brief drive to my office in downtown Mt. Clemens, I would daily pass an elementary school near the train tracks on Cass Avenue.  The school sits within eyeshot of the old train station where Thomas Edison once learned to operate the telegraph.  The legend goes that Edison one day saved the station master’s child from being run over by a train, and in appreciation he taught the young Edison how to work the telegraph.

 

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On Keeping Faith Following Severe Car Crashes

February 27, 2018

Now that you have survived a horrible car crash that has turned your life upside down, you may find yourself thinking frequently about how you could have died or suffered even more serious injuries.  The fact of the matter is you were a victim and now you are a survivor.

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