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In the news: Dietitian helps diabetics manage disease

September 14, 2015

Everett Clinic dietitian and nutritionist, Jody Byrne, contributed: “Knowing something and doing something are two different things,” said Jody Byrne, a dietitian at Everett Clinic. As a certified diabetes instructor, Byrne trains her patients to eat healthier, move more and cope with fear and stress. Think of her as a lifestyle coach for the insulin-impaired. Read more about In the news: Dietitian helps diabetics manage disease

The secret sauce of long-lived marriages

Dr. Paul

This December, Diane and I have been a couple for 42 years! Wow! In this day and age that is quite an accomplishment. Periodically friends want to know--- what are the ingredients in the secret sauce of long-lived relationships?

Here’s my recipe. Read more about The secret sauce of long-lived marriages

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Communication Skills 101: Direct Communication

Dr. Paul
Photo of women communicating directly.

The other day a co-worker and I were talking at lunch. Pretty soon, she started talking about another person---in a critical way.  I started to feel uncomfortable because I realized that she was venting some unexpressed feelings about this third party. Read more about Communication Skills 101: Direct Communication

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Job Burnout: What is it and what to do about it?

Dr. Paul
Photo of business man burnt out on work.

I recently attended a meeting where one of the presenters was describing the problem of “burnout” among health care providers. A large percentage of health care workers are struggling with work-life balance, enthusiasm for their jobs, and feeling connected to their patients and colleagues. The same might be said about workers in other fields as well. Read more about Job Burnout: What is it and what to do about it?

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Mental Illness is a Lonely Battle

Dr. Paul
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Some years ago, I attended a special event. More than 125 men and women, all struggling with a serious psychiatric illness, gathered for a day of sharing and discussion. Organized by a group of mentally ill patients and ex-patients, all the panels and speeches were given by adults with psychiatric disabilities. I was the only mental health professional invited to share in this celebration. It was an honor that I have not forgotten. Read more about Mental Illness is a Lonely Battle

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ADHD: A strength based approach

Dr. Paul
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I recently attended a week long seminar on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) taught by Ed Hallowell M.D. Dr. Hallowell, a Harvard trained psychiatrist, has written 5 best-selling books on ADHD. In addition to being a world renown expert on the subject, he has ADHD himself. He understands this condition from the “inside out”. The seminar focus was on understanding the strengths and special abilities that individuals with ADHD bring to the table.  “We want to help kids and adults with ADHD unwrap their gifts” he says.  It’s a refreshing and affirming approach. I love it. Read more about ADHD: A strength based approach

Communication Skills 101: Handling Conflict

Dr. Paul
Two women in communication conflict.

The other day I received an email from a friend. I read the email and I had a strong, negative reaction to her message. I started crafting an email to send back, while I was still fuming. I felt better after writing my 3 page missive, but I realized that I didn’t really want to send it. A few days later, I sat down with her for a cup of coffee and we talked. By the end of the conversation I understood her a lot better, and I think she understood me too. I think we both felt differently. Read more about Communication Skills 101: Handling Conflict

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