Posts Tagged ‘PPDA’

Adverse Childhood Experience

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

A therapist recently posed a key question about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): what is the benefit to a patient of their family doctor knowing this information?


The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association is Launched (3)

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Continuing the review from the last post of Pathways for Growth for the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA).


The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association is Launched (2)

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Continuing the discussion from the last post of the launch of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA), which plans to become the leading source of evidence-based information about PPD for health care professionals and the public.  Potential donors will be interested in our plans for the future and how their money will be used.


The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association is Launched (1)

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

I am pleased to report exciting news for everyone concerned with breaking down the silos that divide Mind from Body in our health care system.  The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) was incorporated in the U.S. State of Oregon on March 17, 2011 and, two months later, was granted tax-exempt status under Chapter 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service.  This means that donations by U.S. citizens are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr and Changing Medical Practice

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Integrating the care of mind and body has never been routine in the practice of medicine.  Finding a way to bridge that divide is a daunting task.  I found unexpected encouragement today, while bringing light and air to the surface of my desk for the first time in a year or two.  Buried in the “please find a place to file this” pile, I found a page my father had typed in law school sixty years ago.  He had passed it on to me when I finished medical school.


Stress, Illness, Social Change and the PPDA (4)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Today is the American Thanksgiving holiday.  I am in the  snow-covered Colorado high country (2200 m) with eleven family ranging in age from 1 to 70 (and a fetus aged 15 weeks).  The cooks assure me I am not needed (for the moment), even for the unskilled labor that is my forte in the kitchen.  So I have time to conclude my notes (for now) on the PsychoPhysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA).


Stress, Illness, Social Change and the PPDA (3)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Getting the PsychoPhysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) to the level described in the last post will be challenging.  The financial support needed to sustain that quality and amount of service can only develop from recognition that the PPDA offers the best opportunity for positive change.  This means personal change for individuals afflicted with PPD, improvement in the ability of mental health practitioners to manage PPD, greater understanding by medical clinicians of stress-related symptoms and change in the health care system to enable appropriate diagnosis and treatment of PPD.  For the PPDA to achieve that means involving the most experienced people in our work, provided they are committed to an evidence-based approach.


Stress, Illness, Social Change and the PPDA (2)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

What might the PsychoPhysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) look like in the future?  There are so many dimensions it  is difficult to know where to begin.


Stress, Illness, Social Change and the PPDA (1)

Friday, November 12th, 2010

When you take on a problem that has defied solution for 2500 years, it seems wise to plan on many years of work.  Hippocrates described patients who closely resemble those we know to have psychophysiologic disorders (PPD, the new technical term for Stress Illness) but did not provide treatment based on accurate diagnosis.  As far as most PPD patients are concerned, we haven’t made much progress since then.  Even Sigmund Freud, who was on the right track for awhile, was regularly committing malpractice with these patients by his early 40s.


PsychoPhysiologic Disorders

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Following a conference about Stress Illness in Ann Arbor, MI in March 2009, a small but diverse group of medical clinicians, mental health practitioners and people with stress illness began discussing ways to improve the diagnosis and treatment. After putting on another conference in Los Angeles in March, 2010 (attended by 200 health care professionals) we were joined by a group of marketing and public relations professionals who believed in our work so much they offered their service free of charge. (One of them even put two of us, myself included, on the Rosie O’Donnell radio show.)