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Using the Brain to Control Pain

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD. We've known for a long time that activity in the thought and emotion centers of the brain can dramatically affect how much pain we experience from injuries, disease, or normal aging. In fact, clinical psychologists treat

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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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Psychogenic Pain

  Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD “Psychogenic pain” is pain that doesn’t have a directly attributable physical cause, like a broken bone or a cut on a finger.  There is no distinguishable reason for the pain to exist, but it

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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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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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Persistent Depressive Disorder

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Persistent Depressive Disorder (once called Dysthymia), or PDD, is a relatively long-lasting, milder form of depression, compared to Major Depressive Disorder.1 Because PDD begins gradually and lasts so long, many sufferers may not be aware of

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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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