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Lady Gaga’s PTSD and the Mind Body Connection

Lady Gaga recently announced that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain from being sexually assaulted when she was 19. She performed a song “Til It Happens to You” at the Oscars this year.  The song was written for a documentary about sexual assault entitled The Hunting Ground. It was very courageous for Lady Gaga to reveal her struggles with PTSD and related issues.  From her interviews it is apparent she has gained deep insights into how the trauma has impacted her life.  She is able to clearly [...]

2021-06-25T19:34:19-04:00December 9, 2016|Mood Disorders, Psychology Today Blog, Trauma and PTSD|Comments Off on Lady Gaga’s PTSD and the Mind Body Connection

Spotlight on Brain Trauma: How Motorsports is Spotlighting Personality and Brain Function

It was recently announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sidelined from Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Race. I blogged previously on NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s concussion resulting from back-to-back crashes in Michigan and Daytona and how it has further advanced public awareness of the silent epidemic of brain trauma. I gave kudos to Dale for talking publicly about the effects of his own brain injuries and applaud his continued openness about the symptoms he is experiencing. Due to the continued effects of his head [...]

2021-06-25T19:34:54-04:00August 26, 2016|Accident Trends, Psychology Today Blog, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury|Comments Off on Spotlight on Brain Trauma: How Motorsports is Spotlighting Personality and Brain Function

Auto Accidents and Brain Trauma : What is a concussion?

The public, and even many professionals, are confused by the different terms used to describe a brain injury.  Close head injury, traumatic brain injury, concussion, post-concussive syndrome are often used interchangeably.  I remember reading somewhere about a study done in a hospital that patients who were diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury were treated very differently from those diagnosed with a concussion.  The bottom line is that when the brain is injured it requires proper evaluation and treatment by specialists.  The days of discounting someone’s [...]

2021-06-25T19:35:09-04:00August 15, 2016|Psychology Today Blog, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury|Comments Off on Auto Accidents and Brain Trauma : What is a concussion?

The Psychological Effect of Trauma on Physicians (Podcast)

Auto accidents are the 9th most common cause of death worldwide, and are poised to move into the top 5 by 2030. Dr. James Zender, a PhD clinical and forensic psychologist with over 30 years trauma experience, the last 15 of which he specialized in auto accident trauma treatment and care, joined our podcast to discuss the epidemic of auto accidents and the psychological effect of trauma on healthcare professionals. This is an especially relevant topic for residents who are just beginning their medical careers, since the trauma they [...]

2021-06-25T19:35:16-04:00August 10, 2016|Featured, Trauma and PTSD|Comments Off on The Psychological Effect of Trauma on Physicians (Podcast)

Auto Accidents: What Really Happens

Unexpected congestion, a symphony of brake lights, the flashing sirens of police and EMS vehicles. Accidents we encounter during rush hour may mean a frustrating start to our day as we slow for the broken glass and mangled metal along the roadway. But for the people behind the wheel of the crumpled car, anxiously awaiting medical assistance, it can mean weeks, months or years of emotional and physical pain ahead. The most common cause of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not exposure to war or [...]

2021-06-25T19:35:50-04:00May 6, 2016|Anxiety, Depression, Information, Mood Disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury|Comments Off on Auto Accidents: What Really Happens
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