Allen Curreri's Blog

A Brief History of Mindfulness

The transformative benefits of mindfulness have only recently become recognized within numerous facets of society, from the office to the operating room and beyond. By broadening our conscious awareness, we are able to evoke a variety of therapeutic sensations that...

Healing Harm: The Issue of Physician Suicide

“Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, ‘Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight....

Under Fire: How First Responders Use Mindfulness to Manage Stress

We tend to envision the dramatic parts of a firefighter’s job: rescuing a child from a blaze, or enabling the safe evacuation of a collapsing building. In the face of that drama, though, we often forget that first responders encounter potentially traumatizing situations with far greater frequency than ordinary civilians. According to a study conducted in 2016, the prevalence of PTSD among emergency service workers is estimated at 17%-22%; this number stands starkly against the expected lifetime prevalence of 1%-7% within the general population.