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 …

Healing & Preventing Sexual Assault in the Military

Healing & Preventing Sexual Assault in the Military

Elizabeth Handy

As we know, there is sexual assault in the military. And it isn’t just women who are assaulted, it’s men too. So, what can we do about it? What we do about sexual assault is process it as trauma. Sexual assault is a traumatic event that has to be processed and brought out into the open. And more and more …

The National Epidemic of Depression

Elizabeth Handy

Several brilliant articles have recently brought some true light to what the national epidemic of depression really means, two of which I’d like to discuss. In Dr. Kevin Passero, N.D’s article Depression-A National Epidemic? and Overcoming Depression Without Meds by Rich Simon at Psychotherapy Networker, we learn about the over-diagnosis of depression in the U.S., and are reminded of the inefficacy of anti-depressants—despite …

Response: The New York Times “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.”

Response: NYT “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.”

Elizabeth Handy

The New York Times published an article entitled “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.” in Sunday’s paper that is incredibly compelling and spot-on in terms of what the A.D.H.D./A.D.D. epidemic in this country is really about. The problem isn’t A.D.D.: The problem is boredom, stagnation, lack of any creative or physical outlet. In schools, they’ve cut art, they’ve truncated recess and …

Response: The New York Times “My Mother’s Psychotherapy–and Mine”

Response: The New York Times “My Mother’s Psychotherapy–and Mine”

Elizabeth Handy

The New York Times published an article from Saïd Sayrafiezadadeh’s “Couch” series on Sunday titled “My Mother’s Psychotherapy—and Mine.” Sayrafiezadadeh said of his mother, “Her relationship with her treatment nearly killed her. How would I fare?” The author recalls that when he expressed feelings of hopelessness regarding the alleviation of the unhappy memories, the therapist’s solution was to “keep coming …

Elizabeth’s letter to the Washington Post

Elizabeth Handy

Elizabeth’s response to the Washington Post’s article “At VA, exploring alternative therapies for chronic pain and other ailments” from October 16, front page, was published—take a look below! I laud the Department of Veterans Affairs for taking steps to make alternative therapies available and affordable for those suffering from physical and psychological traumas. As a health-care professional who uses eye …

The Effect of Exercise on Depression

The Effect of Exercise on Depression

Elizabeth Handy

Exercise is a wonderful complement to therapy and life in general. Exercise releases endorphins, tones our bodies, releases tension and stress and boosts our immune systems. Research proves that exercise increases professional focus and productivity and reduces “sick days.” The Washington Post published an article last week that describes a recent study in mice that has shown “that exercise helped rid the …

Depression is Not A Disease: It’s A Wake-Up Call

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James Gordon M.D. on the 7 Stages of Healing Depression without Antidepressants says: “A customized combination of complementary approaches like acupuncture, meditation and relaxation practices, sound nutrition, creative imagery, movement, and physical exercise are effective [for treating depression]. And the key factor…is a constant—the client must take an active role in the process.” Indeed, treating depression is a collaborative process …