Ep. 61 Coping With Covid, Part 2: Post Traumatic Change

In This Episode

Neal welcomes his own therapist back to the show to talk through some of the emotions this isolation is bringing up.

Dr. Lawrence Dresdale explains how most of our emotional responses to these strange days are pretty normal. He talks about the tendency to minimize our feelings because we tell ourselves that it could be worse.

Other topics he and Neal discuss include unhealthy manifestations of grief, dealing with being alone, being in a full house, and handling the loss of physical contact.

Lawrence also explains the fear response that has incited people to protest.

Topics Discussed

  • Normal emotional responses to this kind of stress
  • Minimizing our feelings
  • Unhealthy manifestations of grief
  • Dealing with the loss of physical contact
  • Handling being alone
  • Dealing with a full house
  • Accepting the amount of change this has brought
  • The importance of apologizing for outbursts of rage
  • Fear and the protesters
  • PTSD but also PT growth

All About Lawrence Dresdale

Dr. Dresdale is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the field of Behavioral Medicine.

He combined biopsychology and clinical psychology in his graduate work to integrate the knowledge of biological bases of behavior including brain-behavior relationships into clinical practice.

Lawrence was an Intern and Resident in the Department of Medical Psychology at the Oregon Health and Science University, where he received training in neuropsychology.

He is now in private practice with the primary treatment modality being Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to address a broad range of clinical issues including TBI.

Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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