Paul A. Dunn, Phd, Consultant in Neuropsychological Services

People are sent to me for evaluation of memory loss, or chronic pain, or of another problem with brain function, and for treatment advise. EVALUATION AND TREATMENT SERVICES
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04/02/2021

I am a Psychologist Provider for Teladoc Health, a major telemedicine platform where clients located in West Virginia can have counseling sessions with me by phone and video link, or phone link, covered by most insurance plans, Including Medicare and Medicaid. Just call Teladoc.com, complete a short registration, and ask for a consult with me. I can treat a wide range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and trauma, as well as chronic pain conditions.

‘So Be It’: Josh Bernstein Says Seniors Should Be Required to Vote in Person, Even if It Kills Them | Right Wing Watch 08/08/2020

‘So Be It’: Josh Bernstein Says Seniors Should Be Required to Vote in Person, Even if It Kills Them | Right Wing Watch

As a senior I would suggest that all seniors stay home and file mail in ballots, and vote for Biden who will respect you and want you to live. As a senior you have already given to this country, And you should get some respect for that, not told that we don’t give a damn whether you live or not.

‘So Be It’: Josh Bernstein Says Seniors Should Be Required to Vote in Person, Even if It Kills Them | Right Wing Watch During his weekly appearance on Bill Deagle's

01/26/2019

Having a problem with somebody that makes you angry?

Here is a tip on dealing with it-

1) First, behind all anger there is anxiety, so think about what in the situation causes you to think that there is a threat that something bad is going to happen? What is it that you fear will happen as a result of what somebody else is saying or doing?

2) If you can identify the specific fear, which, when you first begin this process may take some practice or a lot of thinking, you need to think about the actual likelihood that the feared outcome will occur. Often we have words to describe the bad outcome, mixed with emotion and imagery, that together may be powerful if the event has traumatized us to some degree in the past. But we often get anxious about things that are really very unlikely to happen.

3) If you think it through and you are still pretty sure of a bad outcome, then you need to ask yourself what you could do to lessen the negative impact on you or others you care about. Or you may be able to see that the outcome may not bring consequences that are really troubling, they may be mild. Things we fear we often imagine as more treatening that they turn out to be when they happen.

The general idea here is that often when you look at the anxiety closely, and think it through, debate it's possibility and/or severity, you often can defuse the anger. Also you need to look at your tendency to blame others for the problems that cause you to be angry. You are always a part in some way to the development of the problems you face, but also have the power to decrease the problems by changing your behavior, as you can't really change the behavior of someone else. You can only change your own behavior, which allow the other person to decide to change their behavior as well- no guarantees on that, though.

01/26/2019

The cover photo at the top of this page can be interpreted in many ways. One way to see it is as representing the enormous number of connections and interactions we have with our environment, our world, and those in it.

And one other thing- it can represent that in interacting with our world, and all in it, each one of us is responsible for our thoughts about this environment, our feelings about it, and our behaviors in reacting to it, in our interactions with all of its elements.

No one else has primary responsibility for how we think, act, or feel. That is, for each of us, a lot of responsibility, and often we want to put the responsibility on others, blame others, or the environment, for how we think, act, and feel. It often leads to a lot of problems in our interactions with others, often with devastating results for us or others.

But then if we can embrace taking responsibility for ourselves completely, it gives us power, ability to make our interactions more effective, and our interpersonal relationships significantly improve. We then are no longer are shifting responsibility to others for our lives, we are no longer under the influence of others, some of those who might not have our best interests at heart. Our self-confidence can improve significantly, as well as our interactions with the world.

If you believe this, but have trouble getting to a point of taking responsibility for your life, in all it's details, seek out some counseling to help you achieve more control of your life. Setting it as a goal is the first step, and can lead to a reduction in anxiety and/or depression that often is the result of feeling out of control of your life.

Call us, at (304) 420-1318, if you want a referral to a counselor. We will help you find a suitable person to guide you in achieving the goal of controlling you life..

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This is essential to lead you to feeling good. Take total responsibility for what you think, feel, and do. Otherwise you will always be manipulated by others. You will give them the ability to control you, they will push your buttons as they know them and then you will be blaming them for how you feel. You will feel like a victim.

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10/17/2018

“I Want to Feel Good!”
a phrase that can be helpful in reducing angry behavior.

One of the things that I observe when I evaluate someone who’s coming to me for anger management is that they almost always blame others for their angry outbursts and angry behavior, usually the target of their anger.

The outburst or behavior that they exhibit most often will do damage to the relationship/s with the target/s of their anger, sometimes ending the relationship, but most always requiring a lot of effort to repair it.

There is definitely a cost immediately or over time for the person expressing intense anger. Here we are not talking about assertiveness, which is healthy, but intense and abusive anger.

The habit of expressing anger that is distructive is often very difficult to stop. It requires first taking responsibility for one’s own behavior, and then a clear decision to change that behavior. This afternoon is a very difficult step for a person, especially when it has been a part of their life for a long period of time, perhaps from childhood, and ingrained by being around those in their family or community environment where expressing anger is strongly encouraged and common.

Reducing distructive anger involves changing the way you think, how are you see the world, and how you see other people in your relations to them. Is a complex process changing your behavior, but must begin with changing the way you think. If you see the world is a dangerous place, and expect negative outcomes with your interactions with others, Then your expectations may come about just because that is what you expect, and you actually end up encouraging the very negative interactions that you believe will happen.

Changing your behavior is very complex, but once you make your decision to change, a simple tool to begin this process is to use the phrase such as “I want to feel good” repeated to yourself just before any interactions with others that you anticipate could be negative. You use this phrase to try to set up a positive interaction we’re both you and the other person/s can feel good in the time that you are together and afterward.

Making the decision to change, and using this simple tool of repeating this phrase do yourself can be a simple way to start the process interacting without anger.

Watch this site for further tips on reducing anger. If you have Questions about applying this strategy for about angry in general, or requests for certain topics to be discussed,let us know, by sending an email to [email protected]

Paul A. Dunn, Ph.D.
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10/06/2018

WHEN DID YOU DO THIS?
Road rage is more than just aggressive driving. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as when a driver 'commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property: an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one vehicle on the operator or passenger of another motor vehicle.'" (safemotorist.com)

One source reports that approximately 8 million drivers in the US are involved in at least one incident of road rage in a given year leading to harm to people and/or vehicles.

But this is not true all over the world. There are many countries that experience little of this phenomenon, though they may drive too fast or with some recklessness. The difference is intent, and habit of expressing anger as a pervasive habit among a majority of American drivers.

I can give one personal experience of the difference between our driving habits and those in other parts of the world. In July and August of 2017, I spent time in the Philippines with my fiance and her family. I began to observe that everywhere I went- and we covered a large portion of the island of Luzon, that there was a total lack of the expression of anger in people driving the roads, whether in the city or in the capital city of Manila, or in the many smaller towns and rural farm areas we traveled through.

It is much different in the United States where frequently use our cars and trucks for expressing our anger and angst in our lives. In doing this we create increased stress in our morning and evening commutes. We seem to take all the stress from home life and from work and direct it toward racing on the roadways, often above the speed limit, and expressing our irritation toward any other driver/vehicle that that does something we don't like ( just because they may be driving like an idiot does not give us the right to attack them- there are other choices of behavior available to us).

One of the common experiences I encounter is when I turn unto a road, and I see a vehicle on the road, quite far away in terms of safety, and I see them significantly increase their speed and come rapidly up and tailgate me less than a vehicle length behind me as I am accelerating to the speed limit. They seem determined to give me a message that I have disrupted the flow of their life, dared to turn onto their road,or "block" them in any way, and should be punished! I ignore them but often they will make a show of passing me at high speed and cutting me off and sometimes creating a situation where safety is marginal at best. I have experienced this behavior from 18 wheel trucks as well, once where the driver almost pushed me into a bridge abutment.

I am sure that most of you have either been on the receiving or sending side of one of these incidents. The anger can escalate to violence verbally and physically, and to injury or death in multiple cases.in the US every year.

Perhaps we can learn a lesson from the Philippine culture, where they are polite to each other in their maneuvers on the road, where they let people pass, let people get back in the lane after a pass. where I saw no fists or fingers raised, no yelling at other drivers, no expression of anger even in very crowded streets in Manila. I noticed this early in my visit there and then paid a lot of attention to it. We had professional drivers taking us to and from the coast- 14 hours each way- and at no time did I observe any kind of irritation between our driver and anyone around us, despite the fac that some other drivers did that could have caused rage to occur in the United States.

Automobiles have become weapons in the hands of many Americans, and expressions of their general hostility. This seems to me to have increased in the last two years as hostility has been promoted in our political climate.

So when I came back to the United States I made a resolution to myself that I would at least change my own roadway behavior, though it never was to the extent of road rage. So I make a conscious habit of letting people pass me, to not tailgate anyone, to not express any irritation, to stop reacting to incidents with irritation and instead actively relax, It has actually made my driving a much more pleasant experience, becoming a time when I concentrate on relaxing, enjoying the environment,, and letting go the stress of work and home. Try it! It feels good!

By the way, if you are having difficulty in managing your anger, watch here for tips on dealing with reducing your anger and it's negative effects on your relationships.

07/23/2018

On television Dennis Quaid just stated a real truth- "Happiness is a decision." If that is a statement that does not make sense to you, or ou disagree with it, consider calling me about a session to explore this concept/reality as happiness is a complex issue but has to start with a decision to take responsibility for everything in your life, and deciding to look at what you can do to create enjoyment on a regular basis, and to see things in a more positive way- seek out the "half-full" perception of a situation rather than the "half-empty" aspects/

I have a motto- "I want to feel good!" - and I try to remember this when interacting with others, or with situations. It works much better, reduces anger, frustration, anxiety, sadness that can otherwise occur because of us thinking that we always must react in certain ways to whatever is happening on a day to day basis. We usually have many choices of how to react to each situation, each person that we encounter.

By the way, on the same Megyn Kelly show today Dennis Quaid commented on his belief about how to choose a career in your life, and it is exactly what I have told young people when making careers decisions that will lead to them feeling satisfied, "Find something you love to do, and then find someone who will pay you to do this." This is certainly a way in which you can affect your level of happiness.

If you want to learn a lot more about happiness and personal power in creating some of it, give us a call at 304-420-1318 and ask to speak directly to Dr. Dunn and/or follow him here in exploring ways in which you can support and improve your mental and physical health, and remember that your mind and body are one, there is no separation, and what affects one affects the other. so to improve either mental or physical health you have to pay attention to both, and don't forget your soul, as meaning in life is essential in the triangle interaction between mind, body, and soul.

07/17/2018

STRESS MANAGEMENT
A SIMPLE SUMMARY
Stress is the wear and tear on our mind, body, and soul resulting from the way we react, internally and externally, to the world. For example, internally we can react with changes in our physiology, such as increases in our blood pressure or contraction of certain groups of our muscles, or with changes in our internal self-talk, engaging in negative self-talk. Externally we may react to certain situations with anger, verbally or physically. These reactions have consequences in terms of wear and tear on our total system.
At it’s simplest STRESS MANAGEMENT has to do with keeping the rate of wear and tear in the body, mind, and spirit at "acceptable levels" – that is: not wearing out oneself or a vital body part or system prematurely and not destroying meaning, purpose, serenity, or enjoyment in the present because we are always living in the "fight or flight" alarm state.
STRESS MANAGEMENT BEGINS WHEN WE ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN STRESS LEVELS.
Stress can be managed- there are solutions to short term or chronic stress imbalance. There are some basic principles to remember in making your plan for managing stress.
• Stress Management is Your job.
• Your stress pattern is unique to you- it is based on your Unique set of reactions to the world.
• Only You can change this pattern- To optimize the stress level for You.
• You can only change You-- not Others.

The basic ingredients of stress management are:
1.) Becoming aware of the way stress feels or expresses itself in our own body - that is, knowing and paying attention to our personal clues to the fact that we are stressed, and accepting these as cues for action, for change.
If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of stress overload, such as colds or flu, chronic fatigue, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, irritability, forgetfulness, decreased concentration, difficulty in relationships with others, let this be a cue that you are currently out of balance in your mind, body, soul system and that you need to pay more attention to applying stress management skills.
2.) Becoming aware of the factors (situations, people, settings, roles, tasks, etc.) that tend to be stressful for us.
3.) Increasing our ability to bear stresses through actions such as:
regular aerobic exercise,
yoga,
tai-chi,
proper eating habits,
improving your sleep habits,
developing friends, and intimates, and support systems,
regular relaxation, breathing exercises,
self-hypnosis, visualization, meditation.
4.) Reducing the amount of stress we are generally experiencing through methods such as:
values clarification, finding our real purpose
prioritizing activities based on real purpose- balancing work and play
time management based on real purpose
increasing communication skills
increasing assertiveness
increasing our ability to deal with conflict
increasing our ability to solve problems
increasing our ability to face criticisms.
improving our self-image
challenging our own unrealistic expectations
challenging our irrational thinking.

THERE ARE ONLY TWO WAYS TO REDUCE THE RATE OF WEAR AND TEAR WE ARE EXPERIENCING IF THAT RATE IS EXCESSIVE.
One way is to decrease the load we are carrying.
The other is to increase our ability to carry it.
WE NEED TO DO BOTH, AND MORE.

Stress Management = Finding Your Balance
Finding the optimum level of stress for You
Stress Management does not always =Stress Reduction- it is balancing it so it doesn’t get to a level causing the many stress-related diseases that kill us prematurely

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