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California Bar Exam Accommodations: What You Need to Know

I'm frequently contacted by students in law school that have accommodations for ADHD, learning disabilities, or psychological conditions. They are interested in trying to obtain California Bar Exam accommodations or First Year Law Students' Exam accommodations. Is it possible? The answer is yes, but it is much more difficult. The accommodations you had in law school will not just be accepted by...

Adult Autism Spectrum Evaluation at Healthy Mind Sacramento: What does it involve?

Are you an adult who wonders if you are on the spectrum? Because Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become more in the public eye in recent years, I commonly receive requests for evaluations from adults in Sacramento that are concerned that they have symptoms and signs that may be consistent with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger’s (Asperger’s is no longer a diagnosis and now falls under...

Living with Asperger’s: ways to overcome social deficits and feelings of inadequacy

I am a therapist in Sacramento specializing in neurodevelopmental issues, including Asperger’s. I see many teens and adults with Asperger’s syndrome (now called autism spectrum disorder) who are bright, focused people. They are often successful in either their career or in other endeavors in life. But it is hard for them to manage all aspects of life. Let’s talk about the major challenges...

Stimulant Medications for ADHD in Children: Short and Long Term Side Effects

how do stimulant medications for ADHD affect the developing brain? What are the side effects? Many parents come to me because they are interested in behavioral treatment for ADHD for their child, not medication. I hear you! As a parent it is important to understand what research has shown regarding both short- and long-term effects of stimulant medications for ADHD on the developing brain and...

Only Handle It Once: An Organizational Game-Changer for ADHD

I got “lightly teased” at home the other day for the fact that as soon as any mundane little task comes up, I always deal with it immediately, rather than placing anything on hold. I sort my mail into piles immediately as I get it. When I do the laundry and determine there is a missing sock, I go hunting down that sock ASAP! What is this about? Well, I use an organizational strategy that is...

How to Prevent Alzheimer’s

My patients are often worried about their risk for developing dementia because they had a parent or a sibling with Alzheimer’s. This is understandable. Having a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia does slightly elevate your risk for dementia, but it does not mean you are destined to get dementia. Can dementia be prevented? Yes, much of your risk can be reduced! It is estimated that...

What, isn’t everyone in pain everyday? Tips for Managing Pain

I've had chronic migraines since about age 8.  As a child and as a young adult, I generally just learned to live with them, because I didn't know everyone else didn't have frequent headaches. I remember once telling a coach in high school because I had a particularly bad headache and I didn't feel like playing that day, and he made a big deal out of it. I had a headache most days! My point it...

Exercise as antidepressant?

Many of my patients feel depressed, but don't really want to take another medication. That's understandable. However, research has actually shown that regular cardiovascular exercise is just as powerful as taking an antidepressant medication! Generally, you need to get your heartrate up (jogging, swimming, biking, etc) and you need to exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes for...

Getting “unstuck”

Do you feel stuck? Have you reached a point in your life where you are feeling stuck in your job or your relationship? Thinking maybe it is time for a change? Sometimes it is hard to see a positive solution when you are stuck in your own head. It may feel like there are no options, or like the only options are go or stay (this is called "black or white thinking"). In therapy, you can explore an...