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ADHD: A strength based approach

Dr. Paul
Photo of ADHD definition in dictionary.

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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Losing a loved one

Dr. Paul
Couple grieving together.

Several weeks ago, my wife and I were having dinner overlooking the harbor in Wellfleet, Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Cod. It was a warm summer evening, cooled by a gentle breeze. The setting sun shimmered, reflected by the water. We were discussing our children’s recent visit when my eyes welled up with tears. As we talked, I realized that my mother, who died a year and half ago, wouldn’t be part of my future. I would never see her again. I was thrown upside down, knocked over by an intense wave of grief. Read more about Losing a loved one

Self-Esteem 101: Don't Grade Yourself

Dr. Paul
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It starts very early in life.

Even young children do it. We are “graded” by others and then we spend the rest of our lives rating ourselves. Are we good or bad? Did we pass or fail? Are we “A” daughters or “B” husbands?  Are we good enough, smart enough, pretty enough—it’s a long list of comparisons and contrasts. Read more about Self-Esteem 101: Don't Grade Yourself

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In the news: Lifetime of dental health begins early

August 15, 2015

Pediatrician Dr. Sara Tamarin, who sees patients at The Everett Clinic Mill Creek, contributed: 

Taking care of your baby’s teeth begins before a first tooth ever appears. There are many things you can do as a parent to help assure that your child will have a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come. Read the article, "Lifetime of dental health begins early." Read more about In the news: Lifetime of dental health begins early

Tough Love - When Do We Need It?

Dr. Paul

Sometimes parents wonder---Do I need to be “tougher” with my son or daughter? The parents of teens continually consider whether they are being clear enough, firm enough, or tough enough. It can be a daily question. Read more about Tough Love - When Do We Need It?

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What a great summer!

Dr. Paul
Pacific Northwest summer sunset.

Warm, dry, and beautiful most every day. It will be a season long remembered. As the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, September comes into view. School will be starting in a few weeks. When I was a child, I loved getting school supplies—pencils, paper, crayons, and binders. Like most kids, I liked school with its predictability and structure. Read more about What a great summer!

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