Reading Time: 3 minutes One of my favorite movies growing up was The Princess Bride. In it, the main character Wesley says to the Princess, “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!” I love that quote because it’s an accurate bit of realism. There are some of us going through life trying to avoid as […]
Reading Time: 8 minutes PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, can cause upsetting/unwanted physical and emotional reactions in people who have experienced a frightening or unexpected event. Combat veterans and first responders are high-risk professions regarding PTSD; that said, people from all walks of life can develop a post-traumatic response, one that does or doesn’t interfere with daily functioning Humans generally […]
Tags:- Abuse Acceptance Anger Disabilities Emotional Abuse Fear Firefighters Flashbacks Hypervigilance Job Loss Massed Treatment Military Panic Panic Attacks Paxil Police Prazosin PTSD Sexual Abuse Sleep SSRIs Stress Substance Abuse Trauma Triggers Veterans Wars Zoloft
Reading Time: 6 minutes Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the word “deinstitutionalization” became a familiar term in America’s psychiatric world as per the government’s initiative to reduce the nation’s state psychiatric hospital population. The idea, supposedly, was to remove patients from inhumane conditions. What we ended up with, in many respects, was something even worse. Those with severe […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Many healing practices treat symptoms without considering the ways in which these secondary problems indirectly solve primary problems. People at their core are adaptable and creative and prove this over and over again. Outside of the human kingdom, even flowers grow in sidewalk cracks and diamonds crystallize under pressure. Initially, when the human psyche hears […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes When I started graduate school for my MSW, I remember thinking that it was time for me to change in myriad ways. The jig was up! I could no longer continue my unhealthy or self-sabotaging behaviors, or else everyone would find out that I was a fraud. The behaviors did not change overnight, so instead […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s a fact. Human beings like habits. We do things, repeatedly—every day, over and over again. We’re used to it. It makes us feel good; it gives us a sense of comfort and control. We have hundreds of habits that help us get through the day that bring a kind of structure into our lives. […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Clinical hypnotherapy is a genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice. Simply put, hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration, often associated with relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. Hypnosis is the original mind/body medicine. (There is proof, from NIH clinical trials, that patients hypnotized before surgery have an easier time […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Jessica Katzman is a clinical psychologist who focuses on reducing her patients’ dependencies. Here she explores the genealogy of America’s ideology when it comes to addiction. She also suggests that we should stop judging addicts/abusers and demanding abstinence.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Clinical psychologist and harm reduction practitioner Jessica Katzman writes about managing addiction that is grounded in scientific research, human rights, compassion, and common sense. Learn how therapists are working with patients rather than against them.