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Psychophysiological Disorders

“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

2021-11-20T16:46:48-05:00November 20, 2021|News, Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Psychophysiological Disorders

How Can We Prevent Teen Driver Deaths?

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

2021-11-02T13:55:47-04:00November 2, 2021|Car Crash Prevention, News, Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on How Can We Prevent Teen Driver Deaths?

How Drunk Driving Can Be Prevented

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

2021-09-13T23:44:51-04:00September 13, 2021|News, Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on How Drunk Driving Can Be Prevented

Mental Health Awareness and Support

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

2021-09-13T23:47:07-04:00August 5, 2021|News, Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Mental Health Awareness and Support

From Traumatic Life Event to Mental Health Disorder

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

2021-06-25T19:12:11-04:00June 20, 2021|News, Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on From Traumatic Life Event to Mental Health Disorder

Hope for a New Brain Health Paradigm?

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 [...]

2021-06-25T19:14:14-04:00May 12, 2021|News, Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Hope for a New Brain Health Paradigm?

The Health of Healthcare Workers

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

2021-06-25T19:14:39-04:00May 10, 2021|News, Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on The Health of Healthcare Workers

The Psychosomatic Experience of Pain

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

2021-06-25T19:15:33-04:00April 1, 2021|News, Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on The Psychosomatic Experience of Pain

The Mental Health Impact of Covid-19

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.

2021-06-25T19:16:00-04:00March 15, 2021|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on The Mental Health Impact of Covid-19

Violence in the Workplace

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.

2021-06-25T19:16:30-04:00March 15, 2021|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Violence in the Workplace

How Do Personal Injury Attorneys View Trauma?

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 [...]

2021-06-25T19:17:00-04:00January 31, 2021|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on How Do Personal Injury Attorneys View Trauma?

5 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight

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

2021-06-25T19:18:30-04:00December 29, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on 5 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight

Overcoming the Stigma of Receiving Mental Health Care

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 [...]

2021-06-25T19:17:28-04:00December 2, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Overcoming the Stigma of Receiving Mental Health Care

Caregiver Stress During a Pandemic

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 [...]

2021-06-25T19:19:06-04:00November 23, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Caregiver Stress During a Pandemic

A Tale of Two Pandemics

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 [...]

2021-06-25T19:19:35-04:00November 11, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on A Tale of Two Pandemics

Pandemic Psychology

A number of years ago, I read two fascinating books written by a Russian psychiatrist, Dr. Olga Kharitidi, who was born in Siberia and worked in a Soviet-era State mental hospital. She was moved to study ancient indigenous shamanic traditions. Kharitidi wrote about the “spirit of trauma,” and how it can overtake one’s self, and detailed things she learned from ancient tools that had been passed down to native healers. It seems with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the world is immersed in a "spirit of [...]

2021-06-25T19:21:00-04:00October 19, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Pandemic Psychology

Quiet Explosions

By way of background: Last November, I had the opportunity to preview a new documentary film that will soon be released (in early November of this year) that deals with the silent killer of traumatic brain injury and the hope for healing and recovery. Almost a year ago now, I was able to talk with Jerri Sher, the director, writer, and producer of Quiet Explosions, and last night I was able to do a follow-up interview with the two-time, Emmy award-winning documentarian. Read More

2021-06-25T19:23:02-04:00September 24, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Quiet Explosions

Coping with Depression

As mental health professionals, we are always concerned about the risk of suicide with depression. As a nation, we acknowledge this week as National Suicide Prevention Week to spotlight the importance of prevention. Given the stressors modern life presents to all of us, awareness of this vital mental health issue is now, more than ever, important for us to discuss. Depression is a ubiquitous condition of life. As we move through life, we constantly encounter loss or the threat of the loss of important people, [...]

2021-06-25T19:23:45-04:00September 15, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Coping with Depression

Overcoming Childhood Trauma

While writing my book on recovering from auto accident trauma, I found myself revisiting how I came to follow my path into clinical work which has now spanned over 40 years. Many major life decisions begin with painful emotional events and traumas that break the human heart. A journey then begins to heal the shattered self. In the preface to my book, I talk about my mother’s death last year and the painful dynamics that were set in place over ninety years ago when she [...]

2021-06-25T19:24:24-04:00September 14, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Overcoming Childhood Trauma

Depression and Pandemic Fatigue

Starting in March of this year, the world began an uncharted journey into a global pandemic related to a new virus called COVID-19. The pandemic abruptly changed the way we live, relate to others, and function on a day-to-basis. For many people, anxiety and depression are experienced to some degree as a response to this crisis. Fear, confusion, irritability, and sleep disturbance are all common reactions to trauma. The impact of the pandemic on the mental health of the global human population may have lasting, [...]

2021-06-25T19:24:52-04:00September 11, 2020|Psychology Today Blog|Comments Off on Depression and Pandemic Fatigue
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