Dr. Zender was honored to appear on Docworking: The Whole Physician Podcast speaking with Jen Barna MD on the topic of healthcare burnout and PTSD.
Making Peace with Psychological Injury According to the Oxford English dictionary, one of the definitions of the word trauma is “personal injury”. Defining, describing and sharing our individual experiences of trauma has become part of the collective consciousness of humanity, paving the way for healing to occur. One innovative approach to working with and healing trauma developed over the past forty years is what its creator, Dr. Richard Schwartz, has termed Internal Family Systems therapy. Read More on Medium.com
Many terms have been popularized over the decades to denote illnesses that appear to have their causal origins not in identifiable physical ailments, but in overwhelmingly painful emotions or unmanageable stress. Terms such as psychosomatic, somatoform, psychophysiological, functional, and others have been employed to describe illness for which there is no identified physical cause. Read more on Psychology Today
I recently spent two days in continuing education with one of the country’s top experts on mind-body perspectives on chronic pain. The focus of the training was on understanding the differences between structural and neurocircuit sources of pain. It turns out that many chronic pain problems can be understood as a brain coding problem related to the brain turning on the pain signal and misinterpreting sensory signals. Pain and fear are hardwired biological mechanisms that have allowed us to survive when confronted with danger. In [...]
“The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.” —Henry Maudsley Last week, I attended the first Psychophysiological Disorders Association 2021 conference with over 400 participants. I have long been a proponent of the mind-body paradigm for healing which has been around for well over 2,000 years. One of the conference presenters was Nicole Sachs, LMSW, who talked about her work based on her experience as a patient with John E. Sarno, M.D. Read More on Psychology Today
The United States, despite all of its resources, does not do nearly as much as many other countries to adequately train new drivers to prevent roadway crashes. Germany, for example, requires roughly ten times the training for new drivers as the U.S., and the training is expensive. Read More on Psychology Today
According to the CDC, one person in the U.S. dies every 50 minutes due to impaired driving, with the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totaling more than $44 billion. Considering that almost 50 billion people worldwide are left injured or disabled by crashes—with an annual cost to the US alone of almost $1 trillion—increased safety and prevention initiatives are essential. Read More at Psychology Today
As not only a mental health professional but also a fellow human, I applaud the incredible courage, strength, and self-care shown by Simone Biles for her decision to withdraw from the Olympics’ gymnastic final due to prioritizing her mental health. The overwhelming support for her decision by The International Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and her sponsors helps pave the way for society as a whole to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues. Read More at Psychology Today
Ask most people what PTSD is, and they will likely tell you it’s a condition that war veterans often suffer from as a result of exposure to war. Much has been written, studied, and shared in popular culture about the war veteran's post-traumatic stress experience of flashbacks, nightmares, and constant anxiety. The American Psychological Association defines PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder as “an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident, or natural disaster.” Read More at Psychology Today
I first learned about the work of psychiatrist and brain expert Dr. Daniel Amen many years ago; personally, I have always been impressed with his approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of mental and brain health conditions. He was recently featured in the documentary movie, Quiet Explosions, directed by Emmy Award-winning director Jerri Sher and based on the incredible book Tales from the Blast Factory written by Adam and Andrew Marr. In my view, the movie is a game-changer for raising public awareness of brain injuries and empowering hope [...]
Depending on which part of the world you’re in, whether you’ve had a vaccine, or are at high risk of a severe health outcome from COVID-19, your experience of pandemic life right now may differ greatly from others. One thing we all have in common, though, is our exposure to a global trauma that is still ongoing. Read More at Psychology Today
Did you know that the origin of pain can begin in the brain rather than the body? I recently took a deep-dive into the science of pain in a two-day continuing medical education course led by Howard Schubiner, M.D. Dr. Schubiner directs the Mind-Body Medicine Program at Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, and also serves as a clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Medicine. Read More At Psychology Today
It would be interesting to know more about the mental health consequences of the 1918 pandemic, but there is little data. Historically, it was the end of World War I; the mental health impact of the war, too, was poorly studied. Alfred Crosby’s 1976 book Epidemic and Peace addressed the kind of "cultural amnesia" that followed in the wake of the pandemic. Crosby’s book was later republished in 1989 with the title America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918. Read More At Psychology Today.
Have you ever wondered where the expression “going postal” came from? In his book entitled Dying for a Paycheck, Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D., talks about how far most employers have to go in terms of learning to value employees as their companies’ most important human resource. He outlines many studies that show how toxic work environments result in employees becoming psychologically and physically ill. In fact, death by homicide is the number one cause of death in the workplace. Read More At Psychology Today.
Dr. Zender is excited to be partnering with @thebrogliebox, a company that creates thoughtfully curated, specialized boxes for health and wellness. They have created a box for those who are recovering from a car crash. Each item was personally chosen by Dr. Zender and includes a copy of his book Recovering From Your Car Accident: The Complete Guide to Reclaiming Your Life. If you know someone who was recently involved in a car crash, this is a great gift to help support their recovery [...]
Specializing in auto accident trauma mental health care, and having recently published a book on the topic, I was interested to learn how a successful personal injury attorney views topics of trauma, traumatic brain injuries, and the personal injury legal process. Read More At Psychology Today Trauma and Its Impact On the Law- Gloves Off Podcast Ep. 16 An unfortunate reality is that trauma and the law go hand in hand. Dr. Zender was invited by personal injury attorney Ven Johnson to join the [...]
Most Americans are sadly severely sleep deprived. The average American has little vacation time and many of us drift off into sleep with our cell phone in hand, often after a long day of staring at computer screens. Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, sleep disturbance is a frequent complaint of my patients, with anxiety and worry as extremely disruptive factors. Read More At Psychology Today
The recent season of the smash hit "The Crown" on Netflix shows various members of the Royal Family struggling with mental health issues and depicts the years leading up to the tragic death of Diana, The Princess of Wales, in a car crash in Paris. Prince Harry was only 12 years old when he lost his mother. As I touch on in my book on car accident recovery, children who are involved in auto crashes, directly or indirectly, are often neglected psychologically. As children are less verbal [...]
For the past year, the world has been steeped in uncertainty, stress, and loss as we all struggle to maintain balance and good health. For many of us, dealing with a sense of isolation and separation from others are new stressors. For professional caregivers and those in helping professions, providing care to others during the pandemic has resulted in exceedingly higher than normal levels of stress and presented heightened risks of burnout. These times are particularly challenging because many of the pre-COVID-19 ways that we used to [...]
We know that just over 100 years ago, the 1918 pandemic took over 50 million lives around the world. Last year, car crashes resulted in over 50 million causalities and an estimated 1.25 million deaths worldwide. Being injured in a car accident is one of the leading causes of disability, and in some age groups, the leading cause of death. From my practice treating survivors of severe auto accidents over the past two decades, I have seen up close the blink-of-an-eye devastation that forever changes [...]