This is a press release for the PPDA. Please share far and wide to increase awareness about Psychophysiologic (mindbody) Disorders and the work we do to end the chronic pain epidemic and opioid crisis.Read More
Most people who have heard about the mindbody connection are familiar with Dr. John Sarno and his work with Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS) and may be wondering why we at the PPDA prefer the term Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD). You may be wondering what our thoughts are on Dr. Sarno, if our approach to treating mindbody symptoms differ, and generally why there have been so many terms to describe the mindbody connection over the years.
As Outreach Director for the PPDA, and a recovered PPD patient myself, I wanted to set the record straight.Read More
On June 22, 2017 John E. Sarno, MD, passed away. He trained, influenced or mentored many in the PPD community. A memorial in his honor will be held in the fall of 2017, date to be determined. Contributions to the John E. Sarno Memorial Fund will help support continuing the research, study and practice of his work. Contributions (with ‘Sarno Fund’ on the notation line of a check) should be directed to The New York Community Trust, 909 Third Ave, New York NY 10022.Read More
The groundbreaking controlled trial of psychophysiologic treatment methods in a group of patients with chronic back pain has reached 144% of its goal as of Friday, July 28. The extra funds will enable us to create a short documentary about the study as it is being conducted for future publicity. We are deeply grateful to our nearly 500 international donors.Read More
Beginning May 1, 2017 and continuing until $65,000 is raised, all donations to the PPDA will support an exciting research study to be conducted by the PPDA in conjunction with one of the world's leading pain researchers, Tor Wager, at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
For more details about this important work and how you can get involved, please click on DONATE at the right in the menu bar above.Read More
PPDA Board Member Howard Schubiner, MD and colleagues are presenting a two-day workshop for professionals who work with chronic pain patients. The training features the latest research regarding lifetime trauma and unresolved emotional experiences that often underlie these conditions. Clinicians will gain knowledge and learn skills that will be immediately applicable to their practices. The program will be the first weekend in May near Detroit, MI. For more information click here.Read More
An international conference on PPD held in London, UK in April, 2015 was hosted by our sister organization SIRPA. Several PPD Association Board members gave presentations. Reviews were highly favorable from both health care professionals and the public. Audio and video recordings are now available by clicking here. Proceeds are used only to support the PPDA and SIRPA.Read More
A common cause of psychophysiologic disorders that is not often discussed is a lack of self-care skills. These patients care for family, friends, co-workers and neighbors but not as much for themselves. Good screening questions for this issue are:Read More
Nearly 250 mental health practitioners from eleven states and four foreign countries attended our teaching conference in October, 2012 at the New York Academy of Medicine. Evaluations showed most attendees felt significantly improved understanding of and confidence about managing PPD in their clients.Read More
The latest evidence of the woeful state of care for Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD) comes from my local newspaper. In a Health column, we find the following question from a reader:
“I have severe back pain but my MRI appears to be normal. What are my options? Can you help?”Read More