Addressing Covid-19

Right now, today, last night, yesterday, tomorrow, and until when?

We are living with COVID-19.  It re-awakens old trauma, toxic feelings, and adverse behaviors.  Our brains respond to this pervasive stressor and signal our body to activate the “alarm reaction”. This physiological, biochemical reaction to perceived threat renders us even more susceptible to both physical and mental health symptoms.

“Therapeutic talking” can mitigate this threat.

 

Please reach out to me or any of my colleagues in our practice.  We are making ourselves extra available during these troubling times.

 

Let’s not be emotionally isolated but find our connections!

 

With care and compassion for all of us.

 

Sincerely,

STEVEN H. PADNICK, Ph.D.

    Recommended Readings

    Where's My Sanity? Book by Claudia Sheftel Luiz

    Where’s My Sanity?

    by Dr. Claudia Sheftel-Luiz, Ed.M.

    Claudia Luiz’s book builds a bridge between the old and the new.
    Free of jargon, very readable and digestible, Where’s My Sanity? presents a “modern approach” to modern psychoanalysis. Dr. Luiz’s “stories that help” illustrate the healing power of emotional communication and direct emotional experience in the therapeutic process.

    Whether one is currently a patient, a therapist, or an individual considering psychotherapy, Dr. Luiz’s book is emotionally touching and personally enriching.

     

    Reboot by Jerry Colonna

    Reboot

    by Jerry Colonna

    My dear friend Jerry’s globally renowned best seller is a deeply moving account of transitions.  It’s a personal rendering of life changes: emotional, family, business, and interpersonal.  Amazingly poignant now as it resonates with COVID-19 and our human struggles to adapt to our new reality.

    The Body Keeps The Score Bessel van der Kolk M D

    The Body Keeps The Score

    by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

    Most of us are not strangers to trauma: domestic or sexual abuse, natural disasters, neglect, war wreak havoc not only in our minds but in our bodies as well. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk uses modern neuroscience to demonstrate that we are closer to our traumatic experiences than we think, and severe trauma is ‘encoded in the viscera;’ it remains in the circuitry of not only our brain but our physical body as well. His book is a treasure trove of information, including numerous case studies, on trauma and healing.
    My Mother My Daughter Myself by Jane Goldberg

    My Mother, My Daughter, Myself

    by Dr. Jane G. Goldberg

    Dr. Jane Goldberg, an eminent modern psychoanalyst explores how our relationships with our mothers affect our other love relationships, our values, and self-esteem throughout our lives. Dr. Goldberg uses her experiences as a mother, a daughter, and a psychoanalyst throughout the book to bring us in a full circle to grasp the complexity and continuity of our relationships to others and to ourselves. Dr. Phyllis Meadow comments it “touches our hearts as well as our minds. Her insights are brilliant.”

    We welcome your thoughts and comments about these books above. Feel free to share them below, or at commackconsult@optimum.net.