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  • Relationships and Self-Awareness

    I recently worked with a super nice guy who had sustained a mild TBI from a work-related injury. He was (admittedly) a stereotypical ''construction guy,'' meaning not someone to care about his feelings, let alone talk about them, on a regular basis. But all of that changed shortly after being exposed to the importance of becoming more self-aware. ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on June 30, 2016
  • It Blew Her Mind

    A client recently took my advice and watched The Shadow Effect. It would be an understatement to say it impacted her. ­­­­­ She said, ''It blew my mind. This might sound strange, but I felt a shift in energy.'' It maes perfect sense, and here is why: the documentary includes many empowering metaphors, but my favorite is ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on March 23, 2016
  • Stroke and Short Term Memory

    Though more of a lark than a night owl, and seldom staying awake late enough to enjoy late night television, I remember in the early 1990s people were talking about one of the comical characters on NBC's popular show Saturday Night Live, Mr. Short Term Memory. On some online lists, Mr. Short Term Memory was considered one of the show's ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 8, 2016
  • The Gift of No-Thing

    Working in psychiatry, I'm constantly meeting people desperately in need of something to make them feel better. I'm not suggesting seeking ''things'' is bad or wrong, but the reality is that improved moods caused by ''things'' (e.g., coffee, food, $, TV, etc.) are quite fleeting. You've probably noticed that, most of the time, it's not very ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on January 8, 2016
  • 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
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