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The Role of Trauma in COVID-19, Life Expectancy, and the Language of the Unheard

I live and work in the city of Chicago, which is the city with the largest life-expectancy gap in the country. Chicago is also a city in flames, as citizens protest the murder of, most recently…


How Trauma is Hijacking Your Emotions and What You Can Do About It

It’s no secret that the risk of coronavirus and the social-distancing measures associated with this risk are making everybody a little bit bonkers right now. Even if you are comparatively safe, well-stocked, and financially stable, you may…


This proposal was developed in reaction to the call for a stronger commitment to representation and inclusion within USPATH. It is intended to serve as a possible step, not a panacea. All feedback is most welcome, including feedback that this proposal is a misstep.


I guess there’s no bad time to think about white supremacy and how it shows up in psychotherapy, but I had several opportunities to reflect on the problem in the past couple weeks. For one, the Chicago Police Board’s monthly public meeting was on Thursday, and the Reverend Jamie Frazier…


A brief guide for professionals

Just this past week, I again attended the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. This year I was lucky enough to be able to facilitate a panel on trauma and resilience in trans-and-gender-non-conforming (TGNC) communities. I already knew that trauma clinicians and researchers are, by and…


Living with chronic illness when you are LGBTQ+

About a year ago I received a call from an older gay man who described a horrific medical experience. In the 1980’s he had received a routine colonoscopy, and when he emerged from sedation he discovered that the surgeon had intentionally severed his sphincter muscles, leaving him with no bowel…


Complex PTSD on Display at the WHCD

In 1980, the diagnostic category of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was introduced to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This was the first — and remains the only — explicitly stress-related diagnostic category in all of psychology and psychiatry.* That is important, because without a DSM classification…


The Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies convened in Chicago the weekend of November 11th, and I was pretty nerdily excited about it. ISTSS was the first scientific conference at which I ever presented (everybody caught my poster in Montreal in 2010, right?), and I’m currently…


The benefits of puberty blockers for trans and GNC children

The inaugural meeting of the US Professional Association for Transgender Health convened at UCLA in February, and I have to admit I was somewhat hesitant about attending. There are a lot of mixed feelings about World PATH (or WPATH) in trans and GNC communities, and the history of oppression of…


Hillbilly Elegy, a powerful memoir by J.D. Vance, chronicles a young man’s journey from Rust Belt Appalachia to Yale School of Law. Vance describes the poverty and desperation — as well as the grit and resilience — of Appalachian transplants chasing the American Dream in industrial Ohio.

As a clinician…

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I’m a psychologist in Chicago. I post about my clinical interests — mainly trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, and chronic illness. Read more at reeseminshew.com.

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