Category ArchiveTMB-Podcast

ByDr. Berney

Episode 17: Mental Health: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation

Motivation is a real world superpower. We do not know where it comes from or how to create it, but everyone wants more of it.

In this week’s episode, Drs. Berney and Richard review the pros and cons of Extrinsic and Intrinsic motivation. They review the relationship between motivation and ADHD and how delay of gratification plays a role in our ability to use motivation in our life. We also spend some time talking about the issue of passion and being creative.

Drs. Berney and Richard point out three things to consider when trying to increase motivation:

1. Figure our who’s goal it is

2. Make the goal important

3. Find a way to make progress (increase achievement)!

As promised, here is a ink to a youtube video of the Marshmallow Test, which assesses your ability to delay gratification. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amsqeYOk–w&list=PL8553AADFCDBA846D&index=19

ByDr. Berney

Episode 16: Mental Health: ADHD: Prevalence, Regional Differences, and Motivation

In this week’s episode of The Mental Breakdown, Drs. Berney and Richard continue their talk about ADHD, one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in childhood. They respond to several emails, focusing on issues that have resulted in an increase in the diagnosis and exploring explanations for why the rate of ADHD is so much higher in some areas than in others. They also begin a discussion on the elusive topic of motivation. We hope that you enjoy this episode. As always, we encourage you to write in to us, either on Facebook or on the mental breakdown website. We would also love for you to write a review on iTunes, which will increase our visibility and help bring more people to the pod.

ByDr. Berney

Episode 15: Mental Health: ADHD – Rebound, Adult ADHD, and Comorbidity

In this week’s episode, Drs. Berney and Richard respond to listener emails about ADHD. Specific topics discussed include the rebound effect – which is a phenomenon that happens to many children, late in the afternoon, when the medication is wearing off. They also talk review the truth about “adult onset ADHD” and the concerns of comorbidity (the presence of multiple medical conditions) in children. Have a listen and we hope you enjoy. Please, continue to end in your questions and write a comment or review on iTunes!

Mr. Rasmussen was not available to edit this episode, so I (Dr. Berney) had to fill in. As such, please forgive any fluctuations audio, as I really had no idea what all I was doing. 🙂

ByDr. Berney

Episode 14: Mental Health: ADHD – Alternative Treatments

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – is one of the most common diagnoses made in childhood. The first line of treatment for ADHD tends to be medication, usually stimulant medications. That said, many alternative treatments are gaining popularity by those who seek to avoid medicating their children with stimulants. In this episode, Drs. Berney and Richard discuss some of these alternative methods, which include lifestyle and behavioral treatment modalities.

This episode was edited by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.

ByDr. Berney

Episode 13: Mental Health: ADHD – Medications

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – is one of the most common diagnoses made in childhood. The first line of treatment for ADHD tends to be medication, usually stimulant medications. Although stimulants have been used since the 1930s, there are still many myths and misperceptions about the medications, leading to confusion and sometimes fear. Drs. Berney and Richard talk about these medications and present what the research tells us about their risks and benefits.

This episode was edited by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.

ByDr. Berney

Episode 12: Mental Health: ADHD – Part 2

ADHD – or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – is one of the most common diagnoses made in childhood. Although estimates say that approximately one in nine school aged children suffer from the condition, it is very often misunderstood. In this episode of the Mental Breakdown, Drs. Berney and Richard continue their discussion of ADHD and talk about the increasing prevalence of the condition and the difference between ADHD the disorder and ADHD symptoms. They also review the relationship between ADHD and sugar! We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with ADHD, so please write us on either Facebook or on our blog at www.thementalbreakdown.com.

This episode was edited by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.

ByDr. Berney

Episode 11: Mental Health: ADHD – Part One

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is one of the most common diagnoses made in childhood. Although estimates say that approximately one in nine school aged children suffer from the condition, it is very often misunderstood. In this episode of The Mental Breakdown, Drs. Berney and Richard talk about the history of the disorder, associated symptoms, and they begin to tackle the issue of the ever increasing rate of prevalence. We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with ADHD, so please write in to us on either Facebook or on our blog at thementalbreakdown.com. Also, we welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions for future podcasts.

This episode was edited by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.

ByDr. Berney

Podcast Episode 10: Education: Giving Zeros

As used in schools today, a zero indicates that a student does not deserve any credit.  While teachers and parents justify and defend their use, zeros rarely serve the purposes intended. In this episode of The Mental Breakdown, Drs. Berney and Richard discuss the most common reasons teachers assign zeros, the fallacies associated with those zeros, and the true effects that they have on student motivation and performance. Drs. Berney and Richard then offer several alternatives to zeros that provide teachers and school administrators with more useful and more effective ways of evaluating student performance.

This episode was edited by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.

ByDr. Berney

Episode 09: Education: More On The Left Behind

In this week’s episode, Drs. Berney and Richard welcome their first guest, Mr. Thomas, facility administrator of a small juvenile correction facility for youth with borderline intellectual ability. Berney, Richard and Thomas discuss the issue of education in a juvenile facility and explore the fact that these high risk juveniles are held to the same state standards as any other student, despite a multitude of risk factors. Our current educational climate attempts to treat all students as though they have the same resources, motivations, and abilities. This, however, is an example of a group of students who are being held to a standard that they cannot meet.

This episode was edited and produced by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.

ByDr. Berney

Episode 08: Education: 45 Hours, Teacher Voices, and Opt-Out

In Episode 8, Drs. Berney and Richard respond to listener emails. The first addresses the new Florida law restricting testing to 45 hours. Is it really 45 hours, or is more time wasted than we think? The second email addresses a very important issue. Who are making these school reform decisions? The third email references many of the recent news reports about students and schools “opting-out” of the standardized tests. What implications will this have and is it a viable option for Florida students?

This episode was edited by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.