California has two new significant laws, AB 124 and SB 81, changing determinate sentencing and listing mitigating factors in criminal cases. Both AB 124 and SB 81 began January 1, 2022. AB 124 and SB 81 each have sections concerning mitigating sentencing considerations for: mental illness victimization childhood trauma juvenile/ youthful offenses These laws make mental health and trauma history evaluation a key aspect to consider in criminal cases. AB 124 Breakdown of Key Points AB 124 creates a presumptive low term in determinate sentencing for many individuals. AB 124 does this by listing mitigating factors that now must be considered by a Judge and prosecutor in criminal sentencing. [...]
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.
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.
If you have a diagnosis of Asperger’s, perhaps you have a job and are great at the technical aspects, but avoid parties or hallway chatter. Romantically, you may be in a relationship, but get criticized by your partner for not saying the right thing at the right time, not “connecting” with her/him, or not being empathetic enough. You do not really get what you are doing wrong, but apparently, it’s something!
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 body. Here, I summarize the research for you.
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?
In the vlog below, I discuss 3 key strategies for parenting the ADHD child!
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.
If you have chronic pain, it is just normal for you, and you live your life in it, with it. You know what I'm talking about. In the same way, you can learn to live a satisfying and fulfilling life, even if you do have chronic pain.
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!