The Anatomy of a Medication Mess

The Anatomy of a Medication Mess

Joe, I am 69 years old and live in San Francisco. I was on Prozac for over 20 years. In 2012, while on an African Safari, a trip of a lifetime, I noticed that I was disinterested and bored. Actually, I realized that I was depressed. I got a recommendation for a psychiatrist to get […]

Eschew Resolutions; Embrace Accountability

Eschew Resolutions; Embrace Accountability

On January 4, the Today Show lead off with various and sundry self-improvement strategies — all which could be accomplished within 30 days. I typically greet such recommendations with chuckles and a sort of bemused skepticism, as if we need a starting gate to launch us onto the path of self-improvement. We don’t. The people […]

When Something Goes Wrong… and Particularly if it Involves Someone Else

When Something Goes Wrong… and Particularly if it Involves Someone Else

Do the following: First determine whether or not you’ve identified the entire scope of the issue or problem. You don’t want anything hanging on the periphery to go unnoticed as that will slow the solution process. Notify everyone affected by the miscue. If this is just a few folks, pinpointing them should be relatively easy; […]

Blame and Inertia

Blame and Inertia

After a recent speaking engagement on the east coast, I was routed to fly home through Atlanta, eventually on to New Orleans. When arriving in Atlanta, the departure screen for my flight indicated a delay — which is not at all unusual, of course. When I arrived at the departure gate, “delay” turned to “cancelled” […]

You’re Going To Fail And Succeed – On Some Level

You’re Going To Fail And Succeed – On Some Level

Every month I write a newsletter and thousands of people don’t read it, share it, or forward it, and every month several people unsubscribe altogether. After posting a blog or commenting on a new development in Psychopharmacology, some people write me and say I could have stated my case better, or who am I to […]

How to Evaluate Solicited Feedback

How to Evaluate Solicited Feedback

I’ve written before about ignoring unsolicited feedback and that it should be summarily cast away because it only benefits the one delivering it, not the receiver of the information. But what about solicited feedback – that which you’ve sought and received from trusted sources – that you’re trying to evaluate? Here are 3 questions for […]

Escaping Overwhelm

Escaping Overwhelm

Lots of people I know both personally and professionally tell me they feel overwhelmed. This happens when we assign priority status to everything on our plate hence, we really have no priorities. In other words, if everything is important, nothing is important. To escape “overwhelm,” we have to set up a pecking order approach as […]

True Confidence

True Confidence

Really confident people never believe they’ll win or prevail at each and every venture or goal they pursue. They don’t jubilantly celebrate success or become overly downtrodden when they fail to achieve their desired outcomes.

Choosing Thoughts

Choosing Thoughts

When faced with an obstacle or dilemma, you’ve got lots of thoughts from which to choose.

Unrequited Acknowledgment

Unrequited Acknowledgment

Many years ago before I started on my national speaking tours, I asked one of my mentors, a very seasoned presenter himself, if he might have any words of advice for me. He did. I expected to hear something about how to best engage the audience and capture their attention, but instead, he said: