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Weight and Self-Esteem

In our society, living in a larger body can come with unfair discrimination and stigma. That stigma can be internalized as poor self-esteem, because we are frequently told, or think ourselves, that our weight is totally our fault, or a

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Dissociative Symptoms in PTSD

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Have you ever been driving down the highway and suddenly thought, “I don’t remember the last few miles! How did I stay on the road!?” More than likely, you were thinking something like, “what am I

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What is Nociplastic Pain? 

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD Clinicians have long held that there are two types of pain – nociceptive (the type of sensation or pain you feel when there is damage to your body tissues, think stepping on a tack) and neuropathic

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Why am I Afraid To Go To The Doctor?

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Disliking going to the doctor is pretty common. About one third of all adults have avoided doctor visits that they knew were necessary.1 About 25% of older adults report avoiding medical visits2. So why don’t we

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder vs. Complex PTSD

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  is a well-established psychological condition, recognized since 1980 by most mental health and medical organizations. Complex PTSD is a relatively new condition, recognized by some organizations (e.g., World Health Organization), but not

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PTSD and Intimacy

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD The word intimacy has several meanings. For this article, intimacy means ‘closeness,’ or the act of being close with oneself, or close with others, in meaningful ways. Traumatic events can leave us feeling unable to comfort

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PTSD and Other-Esteem

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD We usually associate “esteem” with self-esteem, but esteem also refers to our attitude toward others. It’s how much we value and respect others. Esteem for others can be high, low, or even negative. To function well,

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Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD What is Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy or EMDR? EMDR is a cognitive behavioral therapy mainly used to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. EMDR is unique because of bilateral stimulation. Bilateral stimulation means doing something that activates

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