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Last week I worked with an incredibly anxious young man who could barely sit still and make eye contact. He'd been on the unit for a couple of weeks. While he was generally cooperative, he was easily frustrated by other people and had difficulty being around them.
During the course of our session, I could see a dramatic shift in his level of ...
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., recently issued a press release announcing a major achievement for the profession -- inclusion of occupational therapy in newly established criteria for mental health services.
On May 20, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) included licensed occupational ...
Before we begin, let me share a little bit of my personal history.
If I had to name my personality prior to starting this journey of personal growth, I would have called myself ''Emotional Wreck Dan.'' Even though I was quite functional, the truth is that I was a wreck on the inside, plagued with anxiety and fear on an almost constant basis. I ...
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a nasty disease that occupational therapists often work with in their patients. People don't realize the many symptoms that come with this disease until it robs a loved one of any sort of reasonable quality of life, and ultimately leads to a long slow death. One only has to view the numerous ...
My former colleague Mark likes to say, “We should never be working harder than the people we are serving.” It took me a really long time to learn this valuable lesson, and I am still deepening my understanding of it.
I know I’m not the only one who’s guilty of trying harder when working with someone who isn't doing their own work. It’s ...
We've been taught that ''we can't change other people,'' but that's not entirely true. The reason is because we are all connected by an ocean of energy, so in both positive and negative ways, we influence one another all the time.
However, the ability to consistently influence (i.e. change) other people requires a commitment to changing ...
The secret to living in a state of internal peace is hidden in such plain sight that most people don't appreciate its simplicity.
I didn't come up with this secret, which is more than 2500 years old one of the most basic messages of The Tao Te Ching; ''Practice non-doing and everything will fall into place.''
The notion of ''not-doing'' is an ...
A friend of mine told me that when she was in Bali, she found it remarkable that instead of asking the typical question, how are you doing today, she heard people asking, ''Are you balanced today?''
While the distinction between these two questions might not appear that meaningful on the surface, I can tell you from experience that a deeper ...
Today I was working with an extremely suicidal and morbidly obese guy, with a host of physical ailments and chronic pain, stemming from a long history of motor vehicle accidents. He also has PTSD from unspeakable tragedies including seeing a baby killed right before his eyes.
During the course of the interview he stated ''I have had a gun in my ...
While it’s certainly important to be grateful for the “things”
(e.g. family, friends, material possessions), I believe it’s equally if not
more important to be grateful for no particular reason; to be grateful for THIS
moment, which is all we ever really have no matter how much we try to delude
ourselves into believing otherwise.
As I was ...