Dr. Eric

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  • in reply to: Podcast ps for short attention spans? #114594

    Dr. Eric

    I listen to mine on double speed.
    Not only does it take less time, but I find that I am more engaged than when they are talking in the slow, radio-paced voice.

  • in reply to: Interior Design for Mental Health #114556

    Dr. Eric

    Also a funny, not funny story…
    My wife oversaw the construction of a new mental health clinic, but not directly.

    She ran the clinic for a private contractor for the government contract who owned the building.
    She has one of those relationships where the people that she has a working relationship with really honor her feedback, but people that don’t know her take a “who the hell do you think you are?” attitude.

    She tried to give the designers feedback during construction, which they readily denied and one of the county people told her to stay in her lane.

    The result which needed to be fixed after the fact for much more money…. a very zen and welcoming entryway, a very environmentally friendly design, oh… and . three common-sense security mistakes and two areas that were designed to not be legally compliant for patient and medical record privacy and security. Kind of a big oversight when the entire building was supposed to be designed for public health.

  • Dr. Eric

    I think that they challenge for other people answering is that there is not a universal standard for their vetting process.

    I am sure there is one, especially here in the People’s Republic of California.
    However, I don’t know what it is for anyone other than school-hired school-bus drivers.

    In general, positions like this are over-worked, under-paid, and under-trained.
    It doesn’t mean that there are not great people.

  • in reply to: Am I the only adult that refuse to medicated? #114408

    Dr. Eric

    Just be really careful in drawing comparisons.
    Everyone’s response, both therapeutically and side-effects, to medication is individual.

    I cannot imagine life without the support of my meds.
    I also a medical doctor that titrated me in a way I almost never seen done in my professional practice.
    Despite my positive experience, I don’t push parents to medicate their children.
    This doesn’t mean that I don’t recognize and see kids getting misprescribed or overprescribed.
    I have also seen kids not respond to meds that would literally kill me.

    For example, the timer method works great when it works.
    I have also seen kids have such an aversive response to timers that they cry when they see a board game that uses a sand timer.

    I also very rarely disclose my status as an ADD’er to very limited circumstances.
    When I do, I am very careful and conservative in making sure I am doing it for their benefit, not mine.

  • in reply to: Expressing frustrations constructively #114424

    Dr. Eric

    Instead of saying what you don’t want, explicitly say what you are asking for more of.

    Even with neurotypical kids in a dance or cheer camp, saying “Remember to point your toes” makes for a much more positive experience than saying, “Don’t flex your feet.”

    Also be direct in expectations.
    “The kitchen is a mess,” is not the same as, “Please do the dishes.”

    Also, ask for things in the time that it can be executed.
    I need to to know that I should buy batteries when I am in the store (or at least when I can write it in my shopping list), not when driving the car somewhere else.

  • in reply to: Noise cancelling #114327

    Dr. Eric

    I use Bose SportsSounds in-ear plug in earbuds.

    They are not technically noise canceling, but the non-bluetooth ones are really affordable on ebay or amazon and do a great job.

    Real noise canceling or the wireless Bose cost some $$$.

    Add the likelihood that ADHD will make them lost or broken…

  • in reply to: Interior Design for Mental Health #114292

    Dr. Eric

    Organization is one important factor.
    Another factor to consider is sensory processing and/or sensory overload.

    There are plenty of articles on interior design and mental health and/or productivity.

    However, I am only able to find those articles are in interior design sources… not mental health or productivity journals.

    I have read articles that say, “This color increases productivity 10%.”
    I have never seen a business say, “We repainted to this color and our productivity went up 10%.”

    Take with that what you will.

  • in reply to: Newly diagnosed by psychiatrist, psyd disagrees #114291

    Dr. Eric

    Ask each one at least 20 questions as to their rationale.
    The one who answers your questions in reasonably plain English with patience the best is my vote.

  • in reply to: Doctor Shame and Surveillance #114289

    Dr. Eric

    Bedside manner aside, doctors are under a lot of scrutiny to not be part of the problem.
    Taking too much medicine is a red flag, but not taking it is also a red flag.
    I have never been tested for my methylphenidate, so I don’t know about your direct question.

  • in reply to: How to Use the ADDitude Forums #114288

    Dr. Eric

    I have two questions, and only one is sarcastic.

    1. Am I doing something wrong that requires every one of my posts to get approved?

    2. Is it mandatory to post a CBD infomercial?

  • in reply to: different types of psych evals? How do I pick? #114286

    Dr. Eric

    Yes. I don’t know how to do this since the update. Let me know.

  • in reply to: How do I deal with constant brain fog? #114034

    Dr. Eric

    Agreeing with Outsider.

    Except, taking a walk only works if I have already done a high-intensity workout that day or day before. A walk alone won’t be enough for me.

    Also, those recommendations have the added benefit of helping me sleep better, which helps fight brain god as well.

  • in reply to: Trigger words. #114031

    Dr. Eric

    “Everyone has it these days.” or any related quote like “who doesn’t…”

  • in reply to: Taxes and A.D.D. #114030

    Dr. Eric

    I am a the point where I make enough and have enough financial complexity to hire a professional. Although I am still missing some deductible expenses because I forgot to scan receipts, it was money well spent. For the decade prior, I totally felt your pain.

  • in reply to: different types of psych evals? How do I pick? #114029

    Dr. Eric

    I am a fan of neuropsych evals.

    However, the individual matters more than the letters.

    A good clinical or cognitive psychologist can also do these types of evals.
    In CA, a Licensed Educational Psychologist will do a good job as well so long as it is educational/work/career related, and you don’t pay for the cheapest folks on the block. (Full-disclosure, this is my license.)

    Two things stand out with the original post.

    #1 – The professional’s response is kind of weird. I would agree that you do not want a “is it ADHD” assessment, you want a comprehensive “rule everything out” style assessment. You don’t test positive for ADHD, it is a process of elimination. However, the response reeks of “I am not a psychologist, so I am trying to convince you that what I do is somehow superior to them so you choose me.” Without knowing their credentials, I am confused. As an educational psychologist, I quite literally spend my time trying to make my job description more than just assessing and diagnosing those specific disorders.

    #2 – How did you know that they attended a Russell Barkley training? If they put it on a resume, I would suspect that they are padding their stats. Most top professionals that I know only add presentations for which they were invited speakers. Unless it was a blog that said, “Hey, here is a cool resource.” I would worry that stressing the training that they attended is a red flag.
    Side note: This happens a lot when people say they were “Harvard trained”. Sometimes, it means that they have a degree from Harvard. Too often, it means that they attended a conference located on the campus or that they took a single Harvard extension class.

    I personally would probably lean towards the referral of the DBT therapist. DBT is an evidenced-based practice. So, at minimum, it communicates that this professional believes in at least one evidenced-based practice, which increases my confidence in referral over someone who only practices pseudo-scientific interventions.

    I definitely would not choose a person that is telling you that psychologists cannot diagnose ADHD, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, etc. so that you choose their folks instead.

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