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In-Laws or Outlaws?

Dr. Paul
I was fortunate, my in-laws and I got along famously. Over the years, we became close as we got to know each other. I think they were very happy that I married their daughter. They thought I was a “catch”. I didn't want to disappoint them.
 
My wife wasn't so fortunate. My mother didn't appreciate Diane. Maybe they were too similar—both strong willed and opinionated. Not long after we had children, sparks started to fly. Over the years, it got worse. 
 
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Why are the rates of ADHD diagnosis rising?

Dr. Paul
In the United States, there is concern that Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) in children is over diagnosed. The American Psychiatric Association suggests that 5% of children have ADHD, yet the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that up to 11% of children are diagnosed with this condition. And they observe, that 6.1% of children between the ages of 4-17 take medication for the condition. There has been a dramatic increase in the rate of diagnosis and treatment over the last several years. 
 
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Parenting in the New Year

Dr. Paul

No doubt, one of the hardest jobs I ever had was parenting. Of course, once you have kids, you are always a Mom or a Dad.

But during the first 20 plus years of life, parents have huge responsibility—not just to provide for their children but to help them become independent, decent adults.

Finally, when children do become independent, we can sit back and relax a little. But it takes a long time to reach that moment. Read more about Parenting in the New Year

To make resolutions or not

Dr. Paul
New Years resolutions.

It’s hard to write about New Year’s—so much has been written about this holiday.  Some years, pundits suggest that making resolutions is a good thing. But then the next year, we’re told that no, it’s a bad idea. Of course, like most adults, I’ve made scores of New Year’s resolutions. Some lasted one week, some persisted for several months, and a scant few have been helpful, launching me forward on a chosen path. Read more about To make resolutions or not

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Holiday stress

Dr. Paul
Stressed woman Christmas shopping on mobile device.

By now, holiday mayhem is peaking.  Smart holiday shoppers are closing in on their gift list for family and friends. Our local online company, Amazon, has made it easier to shop from home, resulting in less mall crawling and braving the crowds.

But that doesn't mean that holiday stress is over. Read more about Holiday stress

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How important are grades?

Dr. Paul
Child showing good grades.

I’ve had a successful career as a psychologist. I’m the Director of The Everett Clinic’s Behavioral Health department which I started 25 years ago. Several years ago I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for my contributions to the clinic. I’ve also published many articles in professional journals. Read more about How important are grades?

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