A journalist prepping a story for Woman's World magazine put out this query:
Looking for expert tips on how readers can effectively ask for what they want while at the same time, feel good about themselves.
And here's my response to her query:
Each of us would do well - for ourselves and those around us - to determine what exactly it is that wewant. Not superficial wants but deep-down desires. I suggest to workshop attendees that each of us is here on the planet to do and be and have and share .
Questions for Clinicians:
- Can you quickly identify who is at greater risk for self harm, and what life stressors increase that risk?
- Can you document your clinical decision making so that if (heaven forbid) you had to defend that decision weeks or months later, you would feel confident in that documentation?
- .....and could you tell students and trainees in less than a minute how todorisk assessment?
If you're a mental health clinician and you'd like to be even more confident responding to these types of questions, I'd recommend my upcoming workshop
I think the Worcester Library is going to be a great location for the group - it was easy to find, not too far from I-290, and has easy-peasey free parking.
A highlight of last night's meeting for me was learning fromDr Kevin Murphy
some practical approaches to workplace support for adults with ADHD. He suggests an approach which is client-specific and seeks a win-win with employers and employees.
Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton was taken out of play for the remainder of the 2011 Stanley Cup series after sustaining head injury during game three. (Aaron Rome received afour-game suspension
for that hit).
At least some reports described Horton asvisiting
the locker room after that hit, suggesting that a duration of loss of consciousness consistent with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
More recently, Horton sustainedanother blow
to the head on January 22. Since that event, e has been noted to report fogginess and headaches which are part of the post-concussive syndrome which may follow mild TBI.
Earlier this week I blogged about a practical alternative
which I regularly offer to individuals and families who have questions about ADHD and related disorders, but aren't sure they're ready to spring for a full neuropsychological evaluation. The next post here at this blog was a consideration ofhow to determine when such evaluation
is in fact right for you or your family member.
So what happens after a neuropsychological evaluation? After all the testing and scoring and writing up the results.
Yesterday I blogged about apractical alternative
which I regularly offer to individuals and families who have questions about ADHD and related disorders, but aren't sure they're ready to spring for a full neuropsychological evaluation. A neuropsychological evaluation requires a greater commitment of time than a briefer office consultation. Another concern here is the considerable expense of neuropsychological evaluation.
So howdowe make this determination, To Test or Not to Test
The too-brief (and all-too-common) evaluation
I'm often dismayed to hear that children or adults receive an ADHD diagnosis after brief office visits or cursory review of checklists.
While there is no objective "test" for ADD/ADHD, arobustclinical evaluation includes:
- an interview,
- a thorough history,
- behavior observations,
- review of pertinent medical records,
- collateral report (interview with a roommate, spouse, parent, or teacher), and
- (at least in my own evaluations) assessment of general cognitive functioning, academics, receptive and expressive language, memory, attention, vigilance, and executive functioning.
At the recentADHD Coaches Organization
meeting in Atlanta I attended a super workshop facilitated by coachCandace Taylor
entitled "The Many Faces of the ADHD Brain." A couple of take-aways I want to share with you:
1) Noting that ADHD supports must be matched to specific coachee strengths and weaknesses and personal goals, she said, "A strategy in itself has no stand-alone value."
Today in New York the UN Happiness Summit resumes. Today's speakers include Costa Rica's President and the prime minister of Bhutan. Here'stoday's schedule
, and here's anarticle at Forbes
about "happiness as an economic policy."
What's your Elevator Pitch?
What if you were speaking at the United Nations today - what advice would you offer? What's your "elevator pitch
"? Quick - if you had 20 seconds to give me your best advice about how to get and stay happier - what are your recommendations based on your own experience and reading?