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Jayme Albin on Using CBT To Treat the Psychological Fallout of COVID-19

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on almost every aspect of our lives.  In addition to the tremendous fiscal fallout, one of the equally severe concerns is what months of lockdown is doing to the psyche.  While adults on some level have developed an acceptance and small-scale comprehension of the necessity for lockdown, for youngsters, this is much harder.

Dr. Jayme Albin specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and has been witnessing the devastating impact that the lockdown in New York has had on her infant daughter as well as her friends’ children.  She treats patients of all ages and backgrounds from her Manhattan clinic and has been working tirelessly the last few months to help those struggling during these difficult times.

“Since I began my career in the mental health field, I have seen incredible results from the use of CBT,” explained Jayme Albin.  “But now in particular – the fact that it is an incredibly focused type of therapy — I am seeing just how useful this method is.  I am finding it especially suitable for those suffering from COVID-19 traumas,” she added.  “I also believe that since CBT does not require the patient to sit for session after session with no end in sight, this goal-oriented approach is even more useful for our youth struggling with the implications of COVID-19.”

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy dates back to the 1960s.  Dr. Aaron T. Beck undertook research that led to his conclusion that by helping patients identify automatic negative thoughts, the next natural step was to think more in line with the actual situation.  According to a paper put together by the NCBI in 2018, CBT is “the best standard” in psychological treatment that is available to psychologists today.

100th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade

The 100th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade that took place in New York City. President Donald Trump introduced the event, along with General David H. Berger, the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps. According to Bill White, co-producer of the event: “The president has been great supporter of our veterans and indeed this parade here in New York City for more than 25 years.” 2019 marks 244 years since the U.S. Marine Corps was established.

Award winners included:

  1. Marine Corps Service (WWII) Medal of Honor to Herschel “Woody Williams
  2. US Army service (Korean War) Medal of Honor to Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura
  3. US Navy service (Vietnam War) Medal of Honor to former US Senator Bob Kerrey
  4. Marine Corps Service (Gulf War) Navy Cross to Eddie Ray
  5. Founder of 3 veteran service organizations, soldier in second Fallujah battle, server in two Iraq tours and decorated Marine Corps Infantry Officer, Zachary Iscol.

Chair of the United War Veterans Council and US Marine Corps Veteran Doug McGowan commended Trump’s support that was apparent long before he became America’s President. in the mid 1990s, he gave a significant donation facilitating the recovery of the many years of neglect the Parade had encountered.  Today it is the impressive institution it is, in no small part due to his assistance.  Trump also gave financial aid toward the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in NYC. 

New York: New Wellness

Wellness has long been a trend in New York but recently it seems to be making its way to the Flatiron District. Now that there are many startups there, it is a prime location for hard working executives to take advantage of wellness opportunities near to their workspaces.   Some examples of these include: Exhale Spa (where attendees can take barre, cardio and yoga classes;  enjoy a facial, massage, acu-healing, scrubs, manicure and waxing); Inscape (offering guided meditation, relaxation, self-care products sold in the store); Stretch*d (for assisted stretching sessions enhancing flexibility) and many more. 

The area has so become akin to fitness that it’s even taken on a new name in the last few years as well:  the Fitness District. As co-founder of Stretch*d, Amanda Freeman refers to the district as:

“the best neighborhood in the world for health and wellness concepts to debut.  The mix of clientele and the density of offices and residential buildings are unparalleled.”

Now New York is even home to a CBD and plant-based wellness hub – Standard Dose – which is aiming to be the address for all self-care services and products, “dedicated to elevating wellness through natural healing and curating only the best and most effective products.”

Apple Pay and NYC’s MTA

Finally, after around two years of waiting, it seems that this summer will see the rollout of Apple Pay.  it’s been a long time coming but with this new system, MTA users will have their payment method significantly facilitated.  Apple Pay will enable customers to instantly pay their fares by simply tapping their phone/watch.  Known as OMNY, its launch date for Staten Island buses and the 4 5 6 subway Grand Central-42 Street and Atlantic Avenue Barclays Center lines is May 31.  The full system is set to be in place by next year.  

There is a very good chance that Apple Pay will not be the only show in town since New York City’s contactless payment system can also support other phone systems as well as contactless credit cards.

No Barriers Summit New York City

The No Barriers summit was held in New York City on October 5th and 6th.  This inspirational event is for everyone no matter what they are facing so that they can “unleash their potential.”  As Co-founder Erik Weihenmaker said: 

“I think the culmination of our journey is not when we stand on top of our summits pounding our chest saying look at me.  I think the real culmination is when we come down the mountain and we take the gifts that we have earned and we use them to motivate our lives and our communities and our families…and the world. That’s just the beginning…most importantly we do it to celebrate this life that we call No Barriers.”

In this video, you can get just a small feel for what transpired there.

US Doctors Volunteering in Lebanon

Last month, the Compassionate Care Mission led its first mission to Lebanon.  The volunteer group of US doctors and academics created this organization “to provide compassionate medical care to refugees and vulnerable host communities.” Over 20 volunteers participated in the July trip.  Three of the emergency specialists were: Josyann Abisaab, M.D. (an emergency medicine physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine); Rana Biary, M.D. (an emergency medicine physician and toxicologist at New York University Langone Health) and Christian Wilson, M.D. (an internal medicine physician at Apogee Physicians).

Working in conjunction with various international NGOs, this team of dedicated individuals felt “helpless” at the devastation caused by the war in Syria. As such, it created a volunteer-based mission – with the support of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) – to bring much  needed medical relief, aid and pharmaceuticals to those in Lebanon. Educating those on illness prevention in underserved communities was also a part of the trip.

All medical missions require a whole slew of doctors with different specialties.  The mission was fortunate to have the following emergency medical on its team, including: Dr. Josyann Abisaab, Dr. Cecilia Sorenson, Dr. Martin Pusic, Dr. Fereshti Sani and others.  Other specialty US doctors in the fields of: internal medicine, pediatrics, hospice care, and molecular biology were a crucial element in this mission.

After the care follow up, more missions will be planned. It is hoped that additional expert medical volunteers from the US will also be recruited.

Freedom Day in New York City

South African diplomats expressed gratitude to New Yorkers and the City of New York as they marked Freedom Day.  In this SABC Digital News video, we learn of the appreciation South Africans expressed at the support of the community around the world in the role it played in eliminating apartheid.

Around 200 people assembled to mark the day in NY which was attended by Sherwin Bryce-Pease, Chef de Cabinet to Antonio Gutteres UN Secretary General Maria Luiza Viotti, South African model and Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel Peters, Aziz Pahad, Johannesburg West Highlands MP.