ADHD: ToDo Tabs Done Right
This article was based on an older article originally published onMay 20, 2017. ↩ (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - October 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

Play It Again, Seratonin
I might get myself in a bit of trouble with my daughters with this post, but I recently sat in on the Brownie’s session with her therapist (she’s learning disabled). We were discussing ways to regulate moods. She used to have anger issues, and although those days are behind us, she still doesn’t know what to do with strong, negative feelings like disappointment, irritation, and frustration. I can’t recall exactly how the topic came up, but I used my“Heartbroken” playlist as an example to make a point.This playlist used to be a point of contention for my older daughters. After the divorce...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Dealing with Suicidal Tendencies? Posting on Social Media Is Not Therapy
On thisWorld Suicide Prevention Day, I wanted to write to people who hide behind the illusion of strength. They give the appearance of mental well-being by posting excellent advice, uplifting memes, and beautiful quotes, but privately they struggle with the overpowering tidal forces of suicidal depression. When that tide sweeps them away, their friends are left surprised and stunned.As many of you know, Ronnie McNutt¹ took his own life while live streaming on Facebook last month. It was traumatic and devastating to those who witnessed it. According to his friend, Ronnie was severely drunk, so it’s easy to assume...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Reviewing TIME Mental Health: A New Understanding
I picked upTIME Mental Health: A New Understanding a year ago in the grocery store and slowly worked my way through it. I assumed I would race through the magazine and produce a shining review for my readers to enjoy. Then ADHD happened, which is like saying,“And then I breathed”. When I say“slowly”, I refer to the speed at which glaciers raced across the North American continent. Ultimately, I finished, which is the lesson I take away from my tortoise and hare situation. I wasn’t in competition with anybody, except, perhaps, Father Time, but I must admit that I had an assist from COVID–...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

With ADHD, Who Needs Sleep Anyway?
I came across this old blog post that I never shared here. It’s from March 2013. I updated it a bit. I hope you enjoy it.If I thought ADHD could throw monkey wrenches into my plans before, divorce was like dumping the entire plumber ’s toolbox into the works instead. It’s taken a bit of time to heal, to sort out the mess, and to know what to do with all those monkey wrenches.We have joint custody so we split parental duties as well as time spent with the kids right down the middle. She gets medical, and I get school. Since I am in charge of making sure my girls ’ school paperwork is in order, I like...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 10, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Family Goodreads Somnambulating Source Type: blogs

People Read What I Write? Who Knew ‽
22K Pageviews? Not bad!Have I mentioned I was sick for a long time at the beginning of the year? I may have mentioned itonce ortwice¹. Well, while I was down for the count, my editors over at ADDitude Magazine were counting pageviews foran article I wrote for them a while back. Apparently, I hit 22,213 pageviews for that article alone. They told me all about it last February while I was slightly inconvenienced. I just recently discovered their post when I had to use carefully placed demolition charges and a pick axe to catch up with my email.Iknow my mother wasn’t reloading that page over and over again as she w...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - August 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Journaling Writing Source Type: blogs

In Memory of Dr. Elena D íaz de Guereñu
I’ve been blogging aboutADHD&Depression since 2005. In that time I have met many wonderful people. One of them was Elena D íaz de Guereñu. Elena would translate my blogs into Spanish for herTDAH (ADHD) readers. I was always grateful for her efforts.I haven’t heard from her in a while, and now that I’ve visited her blog again (Dra ELENA D ÍAZ DE GUEREÑU – Diagnóstico y tratamiento del TDAH), I know why. She stopped blogging due to health reasons over a year ago. And now she’s gone. However, judging by the dozens of tearful comments left on her facebook pag...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Source Type: blogs

I'm Not Dead Yet
I’ve been rethinking the purpose of my blog lately. Haven’t I written enough onADHD&Depression? I don’t write exclusively about either subject, which turns some readers off, so I’ve never had the meteoric rise of some bloggers who target one or the other subject (although with ADHD bloggers& YouTubers, they usually blaze through the sky then disappear after awhile). Writing about comorbid conditions isn’t sexy, though I think I look pretty good in my newest jeans. Seriously, though, it’s hard to compete with Facebook. Remember when RSS, not Facebook, made the blogosphere go round...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Journaling Writing Source Type: blogs

Give Yourself a Fighting Chance. Put Stable People in Your Support Network
If you struggle with suicide, depression or anxiety, the types of people you have in your support network can make the difference between them being a lifeline or a weight.It ’s been over two years since I was last suicidal. I wasn’t making dark and deadly plans at the time. I simply thought I would be better off dead. It was the matter-of-factness of the “epiphany” that startled me the most. It seemed perfectly logical. Fortunately, I’ve heard thislogic before and immediately engaged my coping strategies. I let family members know, I prayed deeply, and since I didn ’t have a current cou...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - May 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Four Tips to Build a Support Network While Sheltering in Place
If you’re feeling down from too much social distancing, how do you build a support network when you’re sheltering in place ‽Support networks are the sort of things you’re supposed to have already put into place for that time when you need them. You’re also supposed to file your taxes on time, separate your recyclables, and brush your teeth twice a day. There are a lot of things we’resupposed to do, but for one reason or another, we sometimes don’t get around to doing. Support networks take effort to build. Because of that, it is easy to avoid putting yourself out there when things are ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

A Sneak-Peek of Spring
Yesterday I saw my immunologist. We discussed quite a few things, and she wants to see me continue social distancing, as I have been for six months, but also to try and get out more. That ’ll be hard to do with this coronavirus pandemic we’re dealing with, but yesterday was just too good to not take her advice. I just went around the neighborhood. I was so weak —so little stamina after a long, hard winter of sickness. I had to take several breaks. Even with the two ventilator valves on my mask, carbon monoxide builds up when I’m breathing hard. I lasted about 30 minutes total. It was a good eff...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Goodreads Journaling Visualizing Source Type: blogs

Top Ten Ways I've Survived Social Distancing
Sequestered away and worried about COVID–19? It ’s good to take this crisis seriously, but social distancing doesn’t have to be as dire as people online make it seem. Here are the top ten ways I’ve kept my attitude upbeat while isolated from others.As I’ve written before, I’ve been sick and social distancing since September 2019. I have asthmatic bronchitis, rhinitis, and chronic respiratory inflammation. Consequently, my body has been so busy struggling to breathe, it hasn’t had much oomph left to fight off every cold& virus in Utah. At first, I just thought I was getting a lo...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Journaling Source Type: blogs

Sickness, then Celebration – Putting Suicide Behind Me
Even despite the worst sickness in years, I’ve maintained an even keel. Come celebrate with me. Today is the 650th day since I was last suicidal. Keeping track of this stat is only something I began six hundred and fifty days ago. Before that was a hard spell in 2013, and before that was the two year rollercoaster at the end of my marriage. I thought about ending things quite a bit back then. I ’m grateful that I was able to ignore those urges, but as I marvel at the number of days free from suicidal ideation, I am more grateful that I have retained my positivity through almost five months of being housebound w...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Easy Goals Even Old Coots Can Achieve
Sometimes the best goals are soft and squishy like an eggnog filled belly.It’s either very late or very early, depending on your point of view. Either way, I’m sitting here thinking deep, New Year’s-like thoughts. In the other room sleeps a friend who almost wasn’t my friend anymore until we patched things last week. Upstairs sleeps my third daughter whose heart is in need of mending as her marriage comes to an end. Hanging out with dad and his friend on New Year’s Eve was either a low point for her or just exactly what she needed.My thoughts are a warm blend of nostalgia and regret with a sub...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Journaling Source Type: blogs

One Step Forward …
I picked up particular respirator masks so that I can go outdoors again. I ’ve apparently developed asthma due to the pollution in Salt Lake Valley and the California forest fires. It’s why I’ve been so horribly sick since September. I’ve been a near complete shut-in. Alas, I overdid things yesterday. I looked like a dork in my mask, but I happily ran errands all over town. I also worked out on my treadmill, exercise bike, and did twenty minutes of aerobic activity. Unfortunately, I forgot to use both my inhaler& nebulizer. My lungs are burning again, and the cough has returned. 🙄 I feel...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - December 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Journaling Writing Source Type: blogs

Keeping Upbeat During Illness Is a Challenge
Do I still have a blog? You wouldn’t know it by how infrequently I’ve updated it lately. Sometimes life can overwhelm. When that happens, I like to believe that I will always be plucky enough to fend off the doldrums and shake my fist defiantly at the obstacles that beset me. However, when illness weakens your knees and keeps you motionless in bed, is there enough pluck to lift your fist, never mind keep your spirits up?I ’ve been incredibly sick this Fall. I started my journey on September 7th. I attended FanX in Salt Lake City, had a good time attending with my daughter, then came home and tried to figh...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - December 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Journaling Somnambulating Source Type: blogs

Don't Apologize for Feeling Suicidal
You shouldn ’t feel ashamed for feeling suicidal. Here’s how you can push back.I saw a news item a few months ago that troubled me.[1] At first, the item was in regard to a K-pop idol (Goo Hara) who my third oldest daughter and I enjoyed watching and listening to in the group, KARA. During KARA’s heyday, my daughter and I followed all their videos and song releases. It was fun —at least until she discovered a guy who had his own rock band. Then dad and K-pop were replaced with an electric guitar and a husband. Poor Daddy.Reading about anybody’s suicide attempt is heartbreaking, but Goo’s...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Five Frank Tips that Helped Me Manage My Depression
Managing your depression doesn’t mean it goes away. Sometimes life will come at you just fast enough to throw you off your game. Here are five tips that helped me get my depression back in control.As I write this, I am depressed. I shouldn ’t be. There’s so much going right in my life right now, but the feeling of thatbleak fist of hopelessness around my heart is fairly tight. I am finishing up what is arguably the most productive summer I ’ve had in years, yet I feel like an abysmal failure. This summer I have mountains of paperwork and completed applications to prove my productivity. Logic stammer...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

You Can Do It! Defeating Mental Health Issues with Your Own Voice
You’ve heard thatyou are your best advocate, but are you giving yourself pep talks? Maybe you should be.For years, I have been an advocate for talking out loud to oneself as a way to organize one’s mind. I’ve casually blogged about it (as can be readhere), and there was one time I gave a tutorial of sorts on the subject over on healthyplace.com.[1] However, I have also been known to give myself advice as well as a pep talk, both here and in person, as a coping strategy for dealing withmy depression. I have found talking to myself to be an effective coping strategy forADHD&depression, despite people ar...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - August 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Eight ADHD Tips to Tidy Your Tabs & Bookmarks
This article was based on an older article originally published onMay 20, 2017. ↩ (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - June 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Healthline's Best Depression Bloggers for 2019
Facebook isn’t always the best curator of excellent content. If you’re looking for people who write about depression, you are going to loveHealthline’s new list.I am honored to be included in Healthline’sBest Depression Blogs of 2019. This is my fourth year to be listed. What a wonderful resource they have put together for you.Many mental health sites have made curated lists of depression bloggers over the years (you can find some of themhere), but Healthline’s is the most consistent year over year. You should bookmark the link. They update it every Spring with their new selections. Read on fo...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - May 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Hobnobbing Source Type: blogs

Looking Your Best for Depression
If You’re Depressed, Why Bother Getting Up& Ready for the Day?I was recently asked if I had a blog post about why I cared so much about my dress, hair, and appearance despite my depression. What drives me to bother cleaning up when laying in bed while reading news in my PJs is easier to do? Why bother shaving? Why bother showering? Why bother getting up at all?I couldn’t find a specific blog where I addressed this issue, but the pat answer is that my vanity is a super power. Vanity overpowers the darkest, deepest depressions to make sure at least my hair is presentable. Doesn’t that sound superficial?...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - April 18, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Five Throwaway ToDo Lists that Quickly Organize Your Day
This article was originally published on25 January 2012. ↩ (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Visual Reminders
The simplest ToDo list is one item long and stays in your face.[1]There is one kind of reminder that I always fall back on when sticky notes, calendar apps, todo lists, and alarms fail. It is the visual reminder, and it is as powerful as it is simple.Perhaps you haven ’t noticed, what with all the forgotten bills, lost paperwork, and unfinished projects no longer on your mind, but one of the mostnotorious downsides of having adult ADHD is being forgetful. I can remind myself to do something every hour of every day and still forget to do it. All I need is a distraction at the wrong moment. That ’s why task lists...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 26, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Visualizing Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Wicked Fast Photo ToDo Lists
This article was originally published on29 February 2012. ↩ (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - March 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Of Awards, eBooks, and Depression
Just a quickie update for you this weekend.I recently received an award fordepression blogging. I even had to send off a headshot. I’ll write more about it when their post goes live, but in the meantime, I realized that I haven’t been blogging about depression much this year. I wanted to let you know why.I’m cured!Nah. Wouldn’t that be great? No such luck for me, however. I still struggle with mild depression daily and occasional heavy bouts when most inconvenient. What really has me distracted is my latest book project. I’ve dug through the past fourteen years of articles and collected the be...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Journaling Writing Source Type: blogs

ADHD + Haste = Disaster
WithAdult ADHD, when we are in a hurry, we blunder in glorious ways. If only there was a way to prevent that.I have a quickie tip for you today as I ’m blazing around my life like some earthbound comet.Last month, I was quickly packaging up an item I had sold on eBay. The item was secure. The box was sealed. All it needed was a shipping label.I don ’t sell a lot on eBay, but I’ve got a system I’ve developed over the years. After I pay for the postage online, I both print the label AND save it as a PDF. Redundancy is good for these sorts of things. When I went to fetch the printed label, I discovered...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD – Reminders Right Where You Need Them
This article and others will be featured inmy upcoming ebook on ADHD and ToDo Lists. (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - February 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD: Open Mouth, Insert Friend
It ’s a good thing my friend isn’t easily offended. Today my ADHD took our conversation on a colorful roadtrip.I will spare you the details, but I made a gaffe today that involved flagpoles, fidget spinners, and ED. If I was headlining in Vegas, I would certainly have outdone myself for sheer, bold, cheeky humor —celebrated by the audience’s raucous laughter—but since I’m some average rando calling a friend on the phone, I got the following:“Am I the only person you have conversations like this with?”“Yes,” I said while laughing. “You are theonly person I ca...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Capitalism as a Coping Strategy, Plus Other Successes
2018 was a good year for me. Thank you all for reading my articles, sharing them with friends, and supporting me over the years. This blog, A Splintered Mind, has beentackling ADHD and depression with attitude and humor online for fourteen years now. It is the longest project, aside from parenthood, of which I have remained consistently engaged.In the past year, I have been spotlighted inEsperanza magazine, had blogs published atADDitudeMag.com, had an article published inADDitude Magazine ’s Fall issue, and was selected to participate in a blogger advisory panel. 2018 was busy, but it all came together in the Fall.T...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Hobnobbing Journaling Writing Source Type: blogs

ADHD Is Like a Cupcake
If you’re willing to do the work, your ADHD will come out of the oven like a batch of perfect cupcakes?I have to agree with you. Comparing ADHD to cupcakes isn’t the best simile. What could I possibly mean? Am I saying that ADHD is covered in sickly, sweet frosting and helps you put on weight? Coping strategies for ADHD are most efficacious when baked at 325 ºF? ADHD is best dealt with by spreading it thinly with a knife while gently twirling?If only dealing with ADHD was so tasty!Over the past few weeks I have encountered several guys who have ADHD like a sack of spilled marbles, but they don’t trea...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - January 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Family Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Dropping a Beat on My Depression Fail Days
Dancing like nobody’s watching is more than a cutesy saying on a dance studio’s wall. Read on to learn how it helped me fight off depression.I ’ve beendown in the dumps lately.My healthy breakfast of a protein shake with a side order of an entire bag ofTostitos Salsa Verde chips was the first clue that things had gone off the rails. And a few days later that package ofHaribo Sour Gold-Bears chased down with a zero calorie,Stevia sweetened soda? Yeah, I’m definitely going to see results with that regimen, right ⸮Yet as Fall became more like Winter, I couldn ’t go out for a walk or a ride on m...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - December 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Source Type: blogs

ADHD: On Time, but Half an Hour Late
Sometimes you can do everything right and still get it all wrong.It seems the only thing I can count on reliably is myADHD tendency to embarrass myself. It’s even more reliable than death and taxes. I make plans. I execute them. Then they execute me.My regular hairstylist is out on maternity leave, so I’ve been seeing a colleague of hers. She does a good job, and I am intensely thankful to get a professional cut on my schedule at the same location. She’s a nice girl and very courteous, too, which makes me want to return the favor by being on time.You can probably guess where this is going.Between ADHD, To...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - December 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Life Usually Has Other Plans
For the past week, I’ve been stressing out over an upcoming event:my return to the dating pool. I can’t say that my swim went well. First, I paced back and forth on the pool deck, eyeing the water suspiciously. Then I stuck a toe in, but quickly retreated to a safe distance. Wet! It was much too wet. Then I shook myself off, scheduled my swim, awaited my moment, and dressed for the occasion. I even took a selfie to send to my daughters before I took the plunge.In the photo, I ’m so nervous in my bathing suit, I don’t recognize the man looking back at me. There’s something wrong with his face. ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - November 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Family Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

The Best-Laid Schemes
This month, no, my life isn ’t going as planned. It brings to mind a certain poem:❝But, Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,In proving foresight may be vain;The best-laid schemes o ’ mice an’ menGang aft agley,An ’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,For promis ’d joy!~“To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough”, Robert Bruns, November 1785I know. It ’s not the most upbeat outlook, and Steinbeck repurposed it better, but life certainly does have a way of uprooting our carefully built nests. In response, I could get frustrated, or I could get creative. I ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - November 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

Worry Is a Waste of Imagination
(Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - October 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Visualizing Writing Source Type: blogs

What Do I Get out of Blogging about Mental Health?
I was recently contacted by a college student who requested an email interview. I share the answers below because the interviewer asked excellent questions.If you follow my blog, then you’ll already know that I have been diagnosed withClinical Depression (Major Depressive Disorder),Adult ADHD, andChronic Tic Disorder (Tourette’s). What you may not know is what I get out of blogging about my experiences with these conditions. This was the one of the questions the interviewer asked that made me think.Why on earth do I do this?My family resents my writing or is horrified by it. My friends don’t read it. It&r...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - October 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Goodreads Journaling Suicide Writing Source Type: blogs

That Time When Ducks Cured My Depression
Sometimes taking care of your own depression can be accomplished by taking care of somebody else.I ’ve been incrediblystressed and depressed lately, so when my 2nd oldest daughter, Cathryn, suggested last month that we celebrate the birthday of my youngest daughter, the Brownie, with a trip into the mountains, I thought it was a fantastic idea. Fresh air up in the clouds sounded like the perfect salve for my soul.My spirits are often lifted by a change of scenery and some exercise. There was only one problem: the Browniehates hiking.With mild cerebral palsy and a learning disability, “simple” hikes become...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - October 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Visualizing Source Type: blogs

Nothing like ADHD …
❝Nothing like ADHD and a good fight to the death to make time fly.” – Rick Riordan,The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)  (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

Three-Digit Phone Number for Suicide Prevention Signed into Law
A few weeks ago, local Utah politicians (Rep. Chris Stewart and Sen. Orrin Hatch) helped get a suicide prevention bill onto President Trump's desk that he signed into law. It tasks the government with creating a three-digit number that works as a shortcut to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) for suicide and mental health crises, much like 911 for medical emergencies. It also authorizes an investigation into the effectiveness of both the lifeline and the Veteran Crisis Line.If you would like to see changes to either of these services, now is a very good time to contact your congress critters and give...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Helping to Prevent Suicide Only Takes Moments
September isNational Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This means that your social media timelines will suddenly be filled with celebrities sharing the national hotline. The cynic in you may roll your eyes. These celebrities will care very, very deeply in 280 characters; lots of their "show somebody you care" posts will gets thousands of likes and reposts, but where were they on August 31st? Where will they be on October 1st? Chasing a new cause, probably. Mounting their social media steed and charging to the next virtue signal over the hill beyond while shouting, "Don't forget to like and retweet!"Wi...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Family Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs

Begins to Hope Again
“But a sanguine temper, though forever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. It soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again.” – Jane Austen, Emma ch.18 (Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey)
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

Shaking Things Up to Fight Depression
*Feeling like the daily grind is getting you down? I felt that way lately, and here’s how I turned things around. *One sign of depression is that you lose interest in things that you used to find engaging. This is different thanan ADHD whiplash pivot into a new pursuit. It’s more like your love for a favorite pastime dies with a weary sigh. I’ve been through that type of phase many times in my life. I gave up reading Science Fiction& Fantasy once. Stopped enjoying anime for many years. Stopped watching favorite TV programs here and there. I even stopped playing the tinwhistle, something I have enjoyed...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Journaling Source Type: blogs

Six Steps to Tame Way Too Many Projects
Too tight; too long. With added arch supports, they fit even worse. I bought these Rowley Slims Vans in the 00s because they looked cool, and I thought I ’d get back into skateboarding, but I never bought a skateboard. I couldn’t even wear the shoes more than every once in a while. They hurt my arches because they are a size 11, and I wear a 9½–10. I was too impatient to special order ones that fit me. I was going to start skateboarding with c lown shoes on a skateboard I hadn’t purchased yet. What was I thinking? My life has been filled with false starts like this. Intentions the size of mou...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - August 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Accolades, Attributions & Awards
Over the years I have received various awards for my efforts here, as well as interviews. Unfortunately, I've been blogging longer than some of the sites that featured me! I've updated this page with archive links so you can see what the award pages looked like when the award was issued. This is important because each one of these awards leads to a list of excellent sites and wonderful writers who have their own things to say about ADHD, depression, and mental health. Now you can discover them, and, with luck, access them again.Enjoy!~D ˢ2018Healthline2017Healthline2016Healthline2014Top Ten ADHD Blogs2013☞ ShareCar...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Spinning Source Type: blogs

Dreams Mean My Efforts Are Working, but Do They Have to Be so Weird ‽
One of the nice upsides tofixing my insomnia is that I’m suddenly dreaming again. I had forgotten how weird they could get, so of course, I have to share one of them with you! Hang in there for the plot twist.The other night I dreamed that I met a girl and her young daughter at my book signing. I’ve never done a book signing, but there she was. She was 24. This is important information, because she invited me to her home for dinner. In real life, I don’t believe something like this could ever happen even if I became so rich that I wore pants made up of $100 bills sewn together. Also, my oldest daughter is...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Goodreads Somnambulating Spinning Source Type: blogs

Best Depression Blog Three Years Running
Duringmy whirlwind Spring, I noticed that I received another award fromHealthline.com. That’s the third year in a row. I was, and still am, greatly honored. I posted about it onTwitter, but haven’t had a chance to share the news with you here.I don’t expect my advice on this blog to be helpful for everybody, but maybe something I write is just what somebody else needed to read that day. It’s all I can hope for, and I am humbled that Healthline recognizes my efforts. My journey here is a personal one. I am not an expert with a degree. I just share my experiences in a humorous and earnest way that I h...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Obstinance or Brilliance
I am still paying the price for pushing myself in June, and I thought it was time to share with you what I’ve been up to, how it went, what worked, and what I could have done better. The TL;DR version is that I did too much, loved almost every moment of it, and then I ended up feeling like a haggard and disheveled octogenarian who had dragged a couch up a mountain trail.To give you an idea of what I’ve been up to, here’s a concise whirlwind from April to present. I have left out my daily duties and medical care for my daughter:I signed up for the conference in April, had to write 6000 words in two days, t...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - July 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Depression Family Goodreads Writing Source Type: blogs

ADHD Jumps in Reasoning - When I'm Like Kanye West
I’m sitting here typing deep in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, east of Spanish Fork, and cut off from the internet. I came along to be on hand for my daughter’s girls camp just in case she had a seizure. I don’t have much to do except keep myself busy. I’ve finished a journal. Wrote three articles for submission to a magazine. Practiced my pennywhistle and ocarina daily. Exercised. Went for a hike in the mountains and got lost. Followed a path that became, I assume, a deer trail. Followed the trail deep into the thicket all the way to an animal den. Didn’t get eaten. Made my way back...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - June 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: ADHD Goodreads Source Type: blogs

Three Ways to Fight the Stigma of Suicide
Last week was a sad week for celebrity suicides. You may not have known much about those who took their own lives, but if your social media timeline was like mine, you were connected with many people whose hearts were touched by the news.We began the week with the passing of Kate Spade, a fashion designer who built a handbag empire and turned her name into a multi-million dollar brand, then finished the week with the passing of Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and CNN host whose stories about exotic cultures and food entertained audiences worldwide. They both chose to hang themselves —a gruesome end to their stellar ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - June 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs