Think twice before meditating

Why You Should Think Twice Before Meditating

Elizabeth Handy

Meditation is not good for people who have trauma or anxiety disorders as their symptoms are exacerbated by this practice. Every day, articles surface on its benefits, but for many, as pointed out in this article by The Atlantic , meditation can give rise to anxiety and dissociation, particularly in people who have past trauma. The article notes: “Meditation is …

Doctors, Depression & Drug-free Treatments

Doctors, Depression & Drug-free Treatments

Elizabeth Handy

A NYT article entitled Silence Is the Enemy for Doctors Who Have Depression published Thursday January 14, 2016 by Aaron E. Carroll articulates the common occurrence of depression in doctors and they believe there is a stigma so they seldom speak out. Dr. Carroll tells us “I plan to go to a therapist for the rest of my life.” Depression …

Psychology Is Not in Crisis

Response to NYT Article: Psychology Is Not in Crisis

Elizabeth Handy

As a practicing psychotherapist, I am deeply concerned about Barrett’s postulation that psychological science does not need to be replicated or empirically validated. This idea that science can exist for the sake of science, right or wrong, is dubious at best. If science does not need replication and empiric validation, anyone could theoretically say anything, call it science and apply …

How Cancer Affects Sexual Intimacy

How Cancer Affects Sexual Intimacy, And How To Fix It

Elizabeth Handy

Dissociation, alienation from the body and loss of libido are among the myriad emotions and experiences that are present while living with cancer. While in treatment or remission it is difficult for most, and impossible for some, to maintain healthy sexual relationships. The New York Times sheds light into what these experiences are like for some in their 2013 article, …

Chemotherapy Keeps The Brain Disengaged

Chemotherapy Keeps the Brain Disengaged

Elizabeth Handy

The mental effects of cancer and cancer treatments last well beyond remission. A fascinating study by the Unviersity of British Columbia was published last week that details how chemotherapy affects the brain’s ability to stay engaged. A normal human brain will engage in a task for awhile before wandering; it splits time between active engagement and wandering. In this study …

Medicating Women’s Feelings

Medicating Women’s Feelings

Elizabeth Handy

There was a terrific article in yesterday’s New York Times called Medicating Women’s Feelings by Julie Holland, a NY psychiatrist. She wrote the book Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy. This is a topic we’ve already discussed here on this blog. Taking …

The Importance of Touch to Well-Being

The Importance of Touch to Well-Being

Elizabeth Handy

The “right” kind of touch is critical to the emotional, psychological and physical health of every individual…but why? In this interview, David Linden discusses why touch matters, how it helps and hurts, and why some people don’t feel pain at all. If a child is born into a situation where social touch is deprived because there are not enough caregivers …

After PTSD, More Trauma

Elizabeth Handy

A terrific article appeared in the New York Times this week on PTSD, called “After PTSD, More Trauma.” It’s about a veteran who came home traumatized and saw a new graduate therapist at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The therapist decided to apply Exposure Therapy to cure him and predictably, it made him much worse. When I regained consciousness, I …

Mental Health Reimbursement

The Truth About Mental Health Reimbursement

Elizabeth Handy

Yesterday’s Washington Post featured a poorly written article on The Parity Act of 2008 that painted an inaccurate and unhelpful view on mental health reimbursement policies. The truth is, people need to be savvy in knowing how to get reimbursed for their mental health care. They need to know that a large percentage of out-of-network fees they pay to psychotherapists …