A Trial of Antidepressants Has Been Successful When…

A Trial of Antidepressants Has Been Successful When…

After taking for several days, you began feeling more energetic, brighter and motivated The increased energy and feelings of motivation propelled you to act in your best interest – you started goal setting, organizing yourself personally and professionally, chipping away day-to-day at what you want to accomplish, ramped up your social interaction, improved your attitude […]

Bracing for What Rarely Happens

Bracing for What Rarely Happens

I know a fellow who speaks to various groups across the country in a way similar to what I do. We hooked up for a conversation recently and he told me something that I was unaware of regarding how he approaches each upcoming engagement. A week before he is to speak to another group, he […]

Consider the Possibility of ADHD in Your Child If…

Consider the Possibility of ADHD in Your Child If…

It is obvious that in multiple milieu (school, play, home) it appears impossible for your child to sit and focus without becoming easily distracted and inattentive within even just a few minutes The child has much difficulty following directions, and playing by the rules – for example, when “quiet play” is required The child is […]

Depression is a Thief

Depression is a Thief

It robs those affected by it of their capacity to place their value and talents on display. Much like the stock market, for example, and the rhythm of life in general, depression is cyclical for most people who have it – bouts of short term duration for some, extended for others. And then there are […]

No Bottom Feeding

No Bottom Feeding

I lost my sister – my only sibling – to cancer a few years ago. She was an elementary school teacher and every now and then I recall some of her excellent teaching qualities. On one occasion in particular, she was swimming in her pool accompanied by her two young daughters. The two girls were […]

Bridges Crossed Don’t Have To Be Burned

Bridges Crossed Don’t Have To Be Burned

In the Diehard series of films, I was always wondering throughout if there was any building, street, bridge, car or aircraft that would survive the movie intact. There usually wasn’t and frankly that never disappointed me because the series star John McClane got the bad guys and was not likely to pass those same ways […]

DSM-5: My Independent Review of Its Positives and Negatives

DSM-5: My Independent Review of Its Positives and Negatives

The DSM-5 was in development for more than 10 years. Its official release was announced in May, 2013 at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California. New diagnoses have been added and others have been amended or combined. Some proposed criteria considered for inclusion stirred up so much public and professional ire […]

The Gift of Rejection

The Gift of Rejection

Last year I started a voiceover business. If you’re not sure what this is, think the guy or gal whose voice you hear when a TV or radio commercial plays, or the narrator guiding you through a documentary on the History Channel. This is a business where you audition constantly, facing off against literally hundreds […]

When to Change Doctors

When to Change Doctors

Most of us are conditioned to believe that our doctor or prescriber has our best interest in mind, and in the vast majority of instances this is true. But it’s also true that some relationships – regardless of context – reach an impasse where consideration needs to be given to moving on – not finding […]

On Getting Good Advice

On Getting Good Advice

It’s not necessarily something you have to pay for; it can just as easily come from someone in your life who has the courage to give it