THE “EMDR” TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA – PART ONE

A Flock of Seagulls (Actually They Were Robins) It was a beautiful autumn day in Manhattan. She had just seen her doctor. The news was bad. So she wandered into Central Park. Upset. Scared. Then she noticed them. Flocks of red-breasted robins flying in V-formation, left to right, across the azure sky. She watched intently as they passed. She became lost in their flight. Then, suddenly, realization. “I feel…better!” she … Read more

THE “EMDR” TREATMENT FOR TRAUMA—PART TWO

In this installment, as promised, you’ll learn how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can help you un-stick these experiences and move them to where they belong. But first, let’s take a brief look at how your brain processes information. It’s All About the Wiring To continue with the computer analogy (I just figure that if a non-techie like me can understand this stuff, then so can the rest of … Read more

BREAKING THE STIGMA OF ADDICTION

“You’re an addict,” the rehab counselor says firmly as she locks eyes with her young client. “And what’s more, you will always be an addict for as long as you live.” Factually, her advice is correct. Addiction is a chronic disease. But does labeling a person “addict” do more harm than good? “Whoa, Jim!” Some of you are shouting at your computer screens right now. “Don’t you agree with the … Read more

SUFFERING IN SILENCE: COPS AND BOOZE

Cops. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. We love them when they rescue Miss Kitty from the storm drain. Not so when they write us a ticket for doing 50 in a 35. Whatever your perspective on cops, consider this. Cops have significantly higher rates of alcoholism, along with suicide and divorce, than the general public. Which means that along with the power comes a measure of pain. A … Read more