Learning more about Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) is a great way to begin relieving PPD symptoms. The following videos were produced by and/or feature the PPDA leadership team.
Produced by Alan Gordon, LCSW (PPDA Co-Founder) at the Pain Psychology Center, this video is a great introduction to neural pathways. Understanding how neural pathways develop as a part of the natural learning process, or in response to stress and trauma, helps patients understand how PPD can develop as well as how they can be relieved.
You may have heard about Dr. Sarno and his life’s work with Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS). Between 1970-recently, TMS was a mainstream term used to describe the condition that clinicians now refer to as Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) based on the advancement of this work through recent years of clinical trials (RCTs).
In this video, Jessica Shahinian (PPDA Outreach Director) addresses the skepticism that some may have about Sarno's work and the mind-body approach to long-lasting pain/symptom relief without surgery, physical therapy, medication, or alternative medicine.
“Reign of Pain” by Howard Schubiner, MD (PPDA Co-Founder) - was presented at MSU RX in October 2017. The mind-body relationship is a factor in some chronic pain. What are the causes and possible treatments for Chronic pain? Chronic pain can be devastating but some categories of people can be helped with taking a different approach first developed by Dr. Sarno.
Alan Gordon, LCSW (PPDA Co-Founder), demonstrates the stress-evaluation process at a continued medical education (CME) conference “Beyond Pain Management” to determine whether or not this patient has PPD.
Produced by Alan Gordon, LCSW (PPDA Co-Founder) at the Pain Psychology Center, this video describes how pain is part of the danger alarm mechanism. When we reduce the fear response, we reduce our pain response, this is part of the treatment process (either through mindfulness or therapy by a mental health professional) to relieve PPD symptoms.
Alan Gordon, LCSW (PPDA Co-Founder) demonstrates the “sensory reprocessing” approach on a PPD patient. Sensory reprocessing is a part of the PPDA’s approach to treating PPD syndromes because it is a clinically effective method to end the pain-fear cycle that causes painful or debilitating neural pathways to develop in response to fear, which is a huge component of what PPD is as a mind-body condition.
Many people with chronic pain will become depressed and even suicidal. Jessica Shahinian (PPDA Outreach Director) knows this all too well after she suffered with debilitating chronic pain and over 20 additional chronic unexplained symptoms that took a toll on her physically, but the emotional toll almost ended her life.
Jessica went from being a dancer/aerialist, to barely able to walk or feel her legs, to being active again and free of chronic pain. She shares her harrowing story so others can learn how to begin their own recovery.
Watch the PPDA’s online continued medical education course about PPD. The course was developed for health professionals but patients will find the material useful as a recovery resource. Instructors: David Clarke, MD (PPDA President) and Jessica Shahinian (PPDA Outreach Director). This is Module 1 of 13. For more info about the full course, click here.
Howard Schubiner, MD (PPDA Co-Founder) is a clinician, author and researcher who has conducted ground-breaking research on a treatment plan that can resolve, rather than manage, chronic pain. Pain isn't what you think. Neuroscientists are now explaining pain in a way that is counterintuitive to both lay people and physicians. Presented at Talks at Google, topic “The Reign of Pain Lies Mainly In The Brain: A Paradigm Shift".”
David Clarke, MD (PPDA President) speaks about what inspired his research of medical mysteries and the correlation to integrated behavioral healthcare with his practice. Dr. Clarke is a faculty member in the Doctor of Behavioral Health at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.
Eric Sherman, PsyD wrote "Pathways to Pain Relief" with Fran Sommer-Anderson, PhD (both PPDA Co-Founders). They both studied with Dr. Arlene Feinblatt, who worked closely with Dr. Sarno and contributed to "The Divided Mind". Rumur films conducted very interesting interviews with all three of them and shared clips of those discussions alongside the release of ALL THE RAGE.
These videos about PPD (aka MindBody Syndrome, Tension Myoneural Syndrome, or Stress Illness) were created by and/or feature our colleagues.