Our Growth Never Gets Old

    “Ugh. I’m so old. I’m such a fart.”   This refrain has become a ubiquitous catchphrase of mine over the last year or two. It punctuates my social circles, it initiates a reliable call-and-response with my girlfriend, and frankly, it even pops up...

The Modern Man’s Brain

    Before diving into the ‘smorgasbord’ of words and links below, I am not an expert, these word combos below are opinion based, and at the same time I find them quite interesting to think about, maybe you will too. In 2013, Penn Medicine conducted a study...

Self Love

It seems that life has a funny way of giving us exactly what we need, right when we need it—even if, in the moment, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen to us.   Back to back, two important things in my life broke. First, my heart. Then, my wrist....

Digital Detox

  Screen time is an integral part of the lives of children and young adults. Young people use screens as a medium for communication, access, work, pleasure, entertainment, and education. Given the amount of activities that are accomplished on a screen, it seems...

Letting Go of Fear

A bird cannot hold down its perch and fly, likewise, humans cannot grasp anything and be free. As humans, it is our natural instinct to grasp on to anything that is safe and familiar. We hold on to old thoughts, behaviors, outcomes in our personal and professional...

ADHD Part 2: Medications

  There are two major categories of medications that are commonly used to treat symptoms of ADHD. Stimulant options, such as forms of methylphenidate and amphetamine, tend to be powerful, quick (effects are noticeable within an hour of use), and are generally...

ADHD Part 1: What is it?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that affects up to 11% of children and 5% of adults in the United States. Unlike the misleading diagnostic label suggests, ADHD is NOT a deficit in attention, but rather a difficulty in...

Finding Stability in the Instability of Life

  As an ER nurse, there are countless examples of how mental health affects me personally and professionally. When offered to write an article for the Inner Fokus blog, I debated whether to discuss my perspective on how mental health affects the emergency room or...