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  • Instantly Relieve Depression Symptoms

    Yesterday I spoke with an extremely depressed guy with a long history of alcohol abuse. My colleague told me that the doctors were ready to discharge him stating, ''There is nothing we can do for him if he does not want to go to rehab.'' You didn't have to be Freud to recognize that this guy was trapped inside his depression. His thought process ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on September 16, 2015
  • Back in the Pool

    For about twenty five years, I swam laps in an indoor pool near my house once or twice a day almost daily. My form was never great, and my swim lasted only about twenty minutes. After my swim I'd sometimes stay for use of the steam room or the whirlpool. When I was finished, I came out feeling clean and relaxed, like a blob of spaghetti, yet ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on August 26, 2015
  • A Night & Day Difference

    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 ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on July 8, 2015
  • Breakthrough for OTs to Provide Behavioral Health Services

    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 ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 1, 2015
  • The Biggest Mistake to Avoid

    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 ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on May 28, 2015
  • The Role of OT with COPD: Treating the Whole Patient

    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 ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on May 26, 2015
  • The Power of Not Trying So Hard

    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 ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on April 17, 2015
  • How to Change ‘Difficult' People

    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 ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on March 13, 2015
  • Here's The Secret

    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 ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on February 12, 2015
  • Why Peace Is The Way To True Happiness

    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 ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on February 6, 2015
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