Category ArchiveTMB-Podcast

ByDr. Berney

TMB Episode 39: Problems with Agenda

Many students with ADHD have problems using their agenda to keep track of homework assignments. In this podcast, Dr Berney and Dr Richard respond to a listener query regarding his son’s difficulty using the agenda.

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TMB Episode 38: Forget to be Afraid

There are many things in life that keep us from achieving our goals and making the change we want in our lives. In this week’s podcast, Dr. Berney and Dr. Richard talk about one of the biggest obstacles to happiness – Fear.

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TMB Episode 37: Happiness

While we know it when we feel it, happiness is a much more complex emotion than we think. In fact, much of our clinical work is spent trying to help people live a happier life.

In this episode, Dr. Berney and Dr. Richard begin the new year with a discussion on what happiness is and how you can bring more happiness into your life.

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TMB Episode 36: Deciding Wrong

As parents, many of us fear the day that our child approaches us with a dire statement. Whether it is one to suggest that he/she wants to hurt him/herself, that he/she is using drugs, or that he/she is leaving and does not plan on returning, we all dread the day when our child reaches a point in their life where our ability to help is limited.

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TMB Episode 35: Change

We all have things about us that we would like to change. However, for many of us, it seems as though every effort that we make to create change falls short of our expectations. Whether it is losing weight, “disconnecting” from technology, or spending more time with family, stopping those behaviors that interfere with our goals is really frustrating! Read More

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TMB Episode 34: Six Students with Inattention

In 1961, a now famous article was written in a journal called The Lancet. In the article, the author – a London-based pediatrician – wrote about six children with coughs. The purpose of the article was to help pediatricians-in-training understand the importance of appropriate diagnostic practices; after all, at that time in our history, a cough could have meant anything from allergies to tuberculosis.

In this podcast, Dr. Berney and Dr. Richard take a similar approach to a modern day concern – inattention in schools. As was the case with coughs in 1961, inattention today can be caused by many different things and it is imperative that parents, teachers, and mental health professionals thoroughly explore the cause of the inattention. We are often eager to jump from symptom to treatment without first understanding the diagnostic underpinning of the issues. It is only through understanding WHY the student is inattentive that we will come to the most appropriate intervention.

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TMB Episode 33: Happy Holidays

While the holidays can bring a lot of joy and happiness, it can also bring stress and frustration. When we wish someone a “Happy Holiday” – whether it is a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, or a Happy Chanukah – we tend to focus on the holiday specifically. That is, the Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Chanukah component of the greeting. Seldom do we focus on the well wishes for happiness.

What does it mean to be happy? What can you do to make your holidays, and every other day of your life happy?

In this podcast, Dr. Berney and Dr. Richard talk about what it means to be happy by reviewing the three components of happiness, and conversely, unhappiness.

  • Places you go
  • People you interact with
  • Activities you do

If you can find a way to align these three things with your overall goals in life, you will find happiness. Listen to this podcast and find out how you can use these principles to have a truly happy holiday and happy life.

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Episode 32: Thanksgiving as a Metaphor for Life

Well, the holidays are upon us. Later this week is Thanksgiving and Christmas is just a few weeks away. While many experience joy and excitement during the holidays, others find this time of year to be very difficult. Whether it is depression or anxiety, the holiday season is a challenge for some to manage. These negative feelings often have identifiable triggers. We tend to feel obligated to go places we don’t like going, spend time with people we would rather avoid, and do things we would rather not do. As Dr. Berney and Dr. Richard considered these issues, they realized – as you might as well – that these “obligations” are really no different than any other time in our life.

In this episode of The Mental Breakdown, Dr. Berney and Dr. Richard talk about these issues and review strategies and perspectives that may help you better cope with the holidays and every other day of your life!

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Episode 31: Attribution Theory

How do you explain it when you are depressed? What do you believe causes your anxiety? Why does your child break the rules despite you telling him dozens of times to follow the rules?

The way we attempt to understand our behaviors and emotions is called Attribution Theory. Do you attribute your depression to factors you can control or do you blame outside forces for your feelings? Do you believe that your child misbehaves because he has ADHD or because he does not have the ability to meet your expectations?

Your attribution style will influence how difficult (or easy) it will be for you to overcome the symptoms. In this podcast we discuss the best way for you to understand these issues and find ways to cope with your symptoms.

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Episode 30: Building Resiliency

Resiliency is an attribute we want our children to develop. However, we often do things that are counterproductive. Helicopter parenting and other parenting styles often result in parents solving problems for their children. In fact, many parents work hard to ensure that there are no obstacles for their children at all!

To build resiliency, however, we must experience adversity. We must have experiences where we fall and have to get back up again to move on. Without these experiences, we will never grow as a person and develop the skills needed to handle life’s curveballs!