The Earth has awakened from the rest and recovery of winter, and for many spring has arrived.
For many increased daylight after work/school has led to enjoying outdoor activities or fresh air in the evenings. For others, their bodies and minds have awakened to the opportunities of renewal and fresh beginnings.
From my vantage point, two divergent things are commonly observed. My clients from the fall or winter are doing better, or have decreased the need to see me. Others are struggling with the forthcoming life transition: end of a school year, graduation, addition of a new family member, the end of a relationship, etc.
Whether you are on spring break, spring cleaning, in a period of reflection, or observing Lent- a new season is upon us.
What are you still holding onto from 2016?
What goals do you want to start in Q2?
What obstacles prevent you from progressing?
What supports do you need in this season of life?
Have you ever tried to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist as a new patient for yourself or a loved one? Obtaining an appointment within 4 weeks can almost be like winning the lottery. In many towns, cities, and states, there is a shortage of psychiatrists. If you’re in need of a child psychiatrist, the hunt for an appointment may be even grimmer (the cause, reason, and solution is for another day).
During your first time meeting with the psychiatrist, chances are your doctor will have scheduled to see you for about 40-60 minutes, which during this time she/he will ask various questions related to mental health, medical and family history, as well as current concerns related to the appointment. The psychiatrist will ask very precise questions, listen intently, and make many notes. You will leave the office feeling that you’ve found a warm understanding doctor who will see you through this crisis- that is until the subsequent visit(s).
Little will you realize on your next visit (if lucky it will be within 4 weeks, but probably will be greater than a month) your doctor may be running a few minutes late, will be very matter of fact regarding your medication and how it’s working out, and if all is well you may be surprised your psychiatrist will be whisking you out the door within 15 minutes or less (anything more would be due to a crisis, or pure luxury). The reality is the disproportionate need for psychiatric medication appointments vs. # of psychiatrists in town has many psychiatrists seeing 4-5 patients an hour. Every hour. Every day.
Information That Will Help Your Psychiatrist Determine How to Be of Optimal Help
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Ever have to talk yourself into brushing your teeth? Probably never, and I bet you do it daily, or maybe twice a day.
How often do you say, “If only I had some motivation. . .I could. . .?” How long did it take for motivation to circle back to you, so you could complete your task?
How do we store up motivation? All the successful, beautiful, or productive people must have an endless ration of motivation, right? How come I missed that Groupon deal on stockpiling motivation?
What if I said, “what’s motivation got to do with anything?” You would probably tune me out, but I have asked this question, many times. Teenagers, boys, adults, females–all sorts of people at some point have used the explanation that they just ran out of motivation, lost their motivation, or never had any motivation. Does motivation have anything to do with anything? Read the rest of this entry »