Going Viral

Words matter. They can actually be more impactful than actions. Words incite wars, peace treaty agreements, long-term commitments and social contracts. Without communication we are impotent…powerless. A word that has been invoked a myriad of times online, across multiple platforms, is the word “VIRAL.” How many times have you heard someone describe a Facebook, Instagram, TwitterContinue reading “Going Viral”

Severity vs Volume: Which will Win?

Ever notice how hard it is to find the right words sometimes? We try to communicate a thought or feeling and the person on the receiving end misses the point or misinterprets what we are trying to say. It is highly frustrating for everyone involved. I notice this happening a lot right now. Over andContinue reading “Severity vs Volume: Which will Win?”

Re-Traumatization vs Stress

Everyone is feeling stressed right now. It is a normal response to the unexpected and demanding circumstances we are experiencing. But is the stress you are feeling just garden variety normal day to day stress or is it something more? Stress is felt in the body as tension and is experienced by the mind asContinue reading “Re-Traumatization vs Stress”

How The Desperation Cycle Begins

Having worked with physicians over the last 20 years, I have come to recognize a familiar pattern. It is a pattern of trauma which begins in medical school, sometimes earlier. Unlike other high stress professions that acknowledge the risks, physician stress is mostly ignored. When it’s not, the physician is pathologized, made to feel asContinue reading “How The Desperation Cycle Begins”

Post Traumatic Stress and Depression

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often coexists with depression. In fact, a third of returning veterans have depression that accompanies their PTSD. If you are struggling with profound sadness, isolation, irritability, sleep disruption, appetite changes, trouble concentrating and are tempted to self-medicate with substances, you may be experiencing PTSD co-existing with depression. Don’t accept theContinue reading “Post Traumatic Stress and Depression”

Isn’t Giving Supposed to Feel Good?

“I can’t believe that I am this exhausted,” his voice was incredulous on the other end of the phone. “How did this happen? All I’ve ever done is live by the golden rule. I’ve put others first. I’m not a jerk. I try to be patient and this is what I get?” I was talking to aContinue reading “Isn’t Giving Supposed to Feel Good?”

Stalled Out Dreams? Get Your Mojo Back!

It’s November and we have all successfully transitioned from summer to fall. During these seasonal transitions, we often reflect on where we are and what’s next on our “to do list.” Holidays are just around the corner which makes this the perfect time to revisit goals and recommit to our dreams. Just because we’ve becomeContinue reading “Stalled Out Dreams? Get Your Mojo Back!”