But…That Just Doesn’t Make Sense

But…That Just Doesn’t Make Sense

If you’re trying to lay out a rational, logical argument for a belief of yours or a course of action that you believe is proper, you’d best first consider how well and to what extent such logic will serve you. It’s very tempting to resort to doing this when what someone else has said or […]

Stuck On How To Explain, Learn Or Teach Something? Use A Metaphor

Stuck On How To Explain, Learn Or Teach Something? Use A Metaphor

Metaphors provide a pathway to better understand something that would be otherwise difficult to comprehend if explained more straightforwardly. They do this by painting a picture, instilling an image or creating a thought or a feeling that is more identifiable through the use of powerful analogy to clarify a concept and “bring it home.” Professionals […]

They're Just Plain Fearless

They’re Just Plain Fearless

I’m not much of a basketball fan, college or professional, and for that matter I rarely peruse the sports section of my local newspaper. But one day last week, I came across an article about Steph Curry, the phenomenal point guard for the Golden State Warriors. After reading it, I decided to tune in to […]

ADHD: Get a Good History and Ask About Benign Signs

ADHD: Get a Good History and Ask About Benign Signs

Obtaining an accurate history is absolutely essential to isolating ADHD as a diagnosis because co-occurring disorders are the rule rather than the exception when it comes to assessing mental disorders in youth. Also, every mental disorder on the planet adversely affects attention in some manner. With children, it’s essential to ascertain what sort of difficulties […]

Matching Up

Matching Up

On an episode of Seinfeld, George Costanza, well known for his numerous relationship break ups, laid claim to the phrase “it’s not you, it’s me.” It’s equally true though that “it’s not me, it’s you” may also apply.   

There’s Always A Choice

There’s Always A Choice

Think about it, when we say we have no choice, what we’re really saying is there’s no good choice, no safe option that makes it easy for us to decide. Sometimes we’re confronted with having to choose between presenting evils or difficulties – an unenviable position to be in indeed, because it breeds feelings of […]

I Get Questions... Many Questions

I Get Questions… Many Questions

Q. I am seeing a 40 year man with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Also describes self as an introvert.  He is in the Technology field and in a leadership role which he does not like.   There are many issues to be addressed, but was wanting to know your thoughts on any medications like Buspar that could […]

Rejected, Or Just Unchosen?

Rejected, Or Just Unchosen?

A couple of weeks ago I took on a client who has recently been downsized from his job. Since this happened, he has sent out resume after resume and has been called by a number of companies to come in for interviews. No offers yet. In our most recent session, it was obvious that he […]

Assessing a Client for Bipolar Disorder: The 3 Best Questions to Get Started

Assessing a Client for Bipolar Disorder: The 3 Best Questions to Get Started

There is not a mental disorder that generates more consternation when it comes to diagnostic assuredness than bipolar disorder, particularly on an initial evaluation. We clinicians are forever searching for better screening questions to more quickly hone in on a diagnosis, and of course, bipolar is no exception. But we shouldn’t act in haste simply […]

Bridling Irrational Fear

Bridling Irrational Fear

Fear that we experience day-to-day is most often imagined. This is because in the mostly civilized society in which we live and function, we’re not often confronted by imminent danger and threat – mobilizing the flight-or-flight response. So when fear arises in non-dangerous situations, the emotional sensations that result are perception-driven and not governed by […]