1. Mina asked about her "obsessive" purging and decluttering which is known as Obsessive-Compulsive Spartanism. It's not a formal diagnosis, but falls under the diagnostic category of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorder. Mina knows she needs help. Here are some resources I gave her as well as the recommendation to look for a therapist specializing in OCD through her county psychological association or her doctor.
A Life Lived Ridiculously by Dr. Annabelle Charbit is a great book that addresses Dr. Charbit's journey to diagnosis and recovery.
The Reluctant Perfectionist is a blog by Helen Barbour that is particularly enlightening.
Becoming Minimalist is a great site to tell how you to scale down the 300,000 items that are found in the average American home. Crazy, isn't it?
The Opposite of Hoarding in The Atlantic Monthly is a particularly informative article that will help you to put your experiences into words and to share with a potential therapist who may not be familiar with the condition.
2. Rebecca asked about her 10-year old son who has severe ADHD that seriously impacts his life and she was hoping that he'll outgrow some of it and that life will get better for him. I referred to an article on drclaudia.net that I refer to as my "ADHD Tutorial". The information represents a lot of the information I share with parents when I diagnosed their children. Here's the link to reach the article immediately.
I talked about how mindfulness may help ease her son's anxiety because once her son develops anxiety, depression is likely to be far behind. These conditions are very difficult to manage in the face of the added stressors of academic challenges and ADHD. Here are some apps to help.
3. During the "Lightning Round" which is NOT lightning fast, but I didn't want to call it the "Miscellaneous Round"...boring! Anyway, I talked about a map that shows the flavor of jelly beans that the citizens of each state favors. So fun! Here it is! What flavor does your state favor?
I also talked about the potential dangers in amusement parks that you'll likely visit this summer. Whatever you do, if your child does not meet the height and weight to get on the ride, do not pressure the attendant who is usually a teenager working there for the summer. Your child's life may depend on you being an adult by following the rules. Here's the article about the dangers you'll face, potentially, at an amusement park.
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