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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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PTSD and Trust

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Have you ever heard of someone losing their self-confidence following a traumatic event? Or finding it harder to trust others? This is fairly common, and can be a symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder. This disruption in

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October 10 is World Mental Health Day

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I am excited as I think about World Mental Health Day (Oct 11.), because this is a great time for mental healthcare. Attitudes toward mental health and mental healthcare continue changing in a positive direction, people are more savvy about

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Pain and the Brain

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD We still have a lot to learn about the complex relationship between pain and the brain, but our understanding is improving. My colleagues, Drs. Jenny Andrus and Raj Sureja are addressing the physical aspects of pain

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Post-Traumatic Stress – Treatment

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD This is the third article in a series on posttraumatic stress, or PTS. In this article, we explore how psychotherapists treat PTS. Providers begin treating PTS with a psychological evaluation or interview. Your provider needs to know

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