A few facts about sleep

A few facts about sleep

A few facts about sleep Ruth Shidlo, PhD Sleep plays an important role in our lives and affects our health. It is necessary for one’s well-being, both physical and mental.  Among other things, sleep disorders may lead to sleepiness, fatigue, attention and concentration difficulties, low frustration tolerance, irritability, and impaired functioning. Sleep allows our bodies […]

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE Ruth Shidlo, PhD This article is an introduction into the LGBT world, and from time to time, will be followed by discussions of specific issues. Statistics In a 2017 Gallup poll, 4.5% of the American population identified as LGBT.  A report published by the OECD in […]

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) For veterans, first responders, family members and everyone else—what is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? If you have felt threatened, whether when involved in military combat, apprehending potential terrorists, responding to an event as a first responder (e.g., paramedic, fireman, policeman) or upon witnessing such events as a civilian, your […]

Autonomic surveillance: what can polyvagal theory teach us?

ירוק, אדום כחול - מזג האויר בזמן קורונה

Autonomic surveillance: what can polyvagal theory teach us? HOW IS THE human condition under the pandemic corona times we are all facing, different from the usual predicament of humanity, which requires our going about our lives, while knowing, somewhere in the depths of our subconscious, that death may be just around the corner? Surely, the […]

INNER RESOURCES, SELF-FAMILIARITY & THE EMOTIONAL IMMUNE SYSTEM

INNER RESOURCES, SELF-FAMILIARITY & THE EMOTIONAL IMMUNE SYSTEM

Ruth Shidlo, PhD. IT HAS BEEN suggested that one of the so-called structures of our personality can be envisioned as a narcissistic envelope—like our skin, this narcissistic envelope differentiates between us and the outside world, protecting us from foreign influences (Solan, 2015) .  Through-out development, we are attracted to that which is similar to us […]

?What is depression and how prevalent is it

What is depression and how prevalent is it?

GIVEN THE MIND-BODY connection, our mental health affects our physical health and vice ver-sa. Depression is no exception. Many suffer from depression at least once during their lifetime. The length and severity of symptoms varies from person to person. Generally speaking, it is best to intervene as soon as possible and attempt to nip the […]

Seven steps to track your anxiety level

Seven steps to track your anxiety level

Some anxiety in our lives can be productive, as it drives us to prepare for what lies ahead, thus enhancing our performance, say at school or work. But as we all know, anxiety can vary in the frequency with which it assails us, and its severity, ranging from mild to moderate or high levels, some […]

Stress and the traumatic stress reaction

Stress and the traumatic stress reaction

We are all stressed at some time or other. Other words we might use to describe how we feel might include: feeling pressured, under strain or tense. So what is stress? According to the online Oxford Dictionary, stress means “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” […]

What is trauma? Can it be prevented or healed? (Part II)

Developmental and shock trauma Although not mutually exclusive, since the same person can suffer from both, Levine differentiates between ‘developmental’ trauma and ‘shock’ trauma. Traditionally, the area of developmental trauma has been dealt with by psychoanalytic theory. Freud grappled with the intricacies of developmental trauma, and continually revised his thinking on the subject throughout his […]

What is trauma? Can it be prevented or healed? (Part I)

The ‘Stream of Life’ metaphor describes our emotional life, which flows like a river within its banks. This river contains all our sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviors, which are under our control. There are also stones and boulders in the riverbed, difficult situations we have faced in the past, and which may account for some […]