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The Silver Thread: Drugs, and the Escape from Suffering

The Silver Thread: Drugs, and the Escape from Suffering

I began my career as a psychologist, helping to found and run the first substance abuse unit in a general hospital in the state of Michigan. We treated mostly alcoholics, but many also utilized street drugs as well, such as cocaine and heroin. A hat I wear today is that of a Forensic Psychologist. In […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

Arjuna and The Akedah

Arjuna and The Akedah

Arjuna is one of the hero’s of the Hindu classic the “Bhagavad Gita”. Abraham is the foundational patriarch of the three great Western Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Both men faced ethical and psychological dilemmas. Each conflict was conceptualized, and resolved through the prism of their disparate religious/cultural traditions. The Akeda The story of Abraham […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread: Navigating the Narrows

The Silver Thread:  Navigating the Narrows

The Hebrew month of Nissan is dominated by the imagery of Passover. Passover’s overarching theme is the escape of the Jews, led by Moses, from the slavery of Egypt. The Hebrew name for Egypt is Mitzraim, meaning “narrow straits”, and the major symbolism of the holiday is escaping from confinement to the open spaces of […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread – The Bardo

The Silver Thread – The Bardo

Bardo is a Tibetan word for “intermediate state”. It refers to transitions in our lives. In Sanskrit the name is, antarabhva. The term arose after the Buddha’s death, referring to the time between two lives. During that time, when consciousness is separated from the physical body, there is the capability for transcendental insight, which plants […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread Trauma: Part III: Facing Our Demons

The Silver Thread Trauma: Part III: Facing Our Demons

Traumas, conceptualized by western medicine-psychology, is a syndrome or collection of symptoms. Like medical symptoms, we seek to reduce or eliminate them. Psychiatry will use drugs, usually anti-anxiety drugs, to extinguish the fear and feelings of dread that constitute trauma. Psychologists have developed techniques such as flooding, desensitization, and insight as ameliorative tools for victims […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread: Trauma: Part II

The Silver Thread: Trauma: Part II

Trauma is encoded first in the body, as sensations or raw emotions. Over time, and with the acquisition of language, those sensations attach themselves to a narrative. Narratives are stories that explain the emotions. Common narratives are variations of fears of, anger toward, sadness about, and desire for. For example, a common narrative might be, […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread: The Beginnings of Trauma: Part One

The Silver Thread: The Beginnings of Trauma: Part One

I have a 15–month-old grandson. I design my schedule so I can see him most days. One day as I was playing with him in his playroom, my cellphone rang. I had a contentious conversation with a colleague, and in frustration threw down the phone. I will never forget the look on my grandson’s face. […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.