The Shift Show

May 11 2020 53 mins

The experts at Shift Psychological are on a mission to make the world of psychology approachable, easy to understand, and (*gasp*) enjoyable. Join us as we break things down, without all the psychobabble. The Shift Show may use course language and topics not suitable for younger listeners. It should never be used as a replacement for Psychological services, therapy assessments or consultations. If you need help always consult a licensed mental health professional.

024 ADHD: Where's the Deficit? Olga Yakovlyeva joins Zac
Apr 16 2019 63 mins  
Zac's history of dealing with ADHDZac discusses being able to understand some of the symptoms that his ADHD created in childhood. Not being able to sustain mental effort in early assignments in school. When something was not stimulating enough to hold his attention in childhood he often encountered shame-based accusations of being lazy, stupid or destructive.Zac also discusses the often neglected, positive coping strategies and behaviours which ADHD may produce. Zac also refers to the book, "Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder", by Edward M. Hallowell (Author), John J. Ratey (Author). It covers some of the advantageous characteristics of ADHD. Creativity, "out-of-the-box" thinking, a zany sense of humour, the highly intuitive style just to name a few.Olga explores anxiety as a secondary symptom or co-morbid disorders that present as a result of untreated ADHD. On average children receive as much as 10X negative feedback from adults. Over time, depending on the personality of the child and depending on if the child has supportive adult figures in their life; children can suffer anxiety or depressive disorders. As an example, Oppositional Defiant Disorder has often been linked to the constant negative feedback which, over time can produce an anti-authority reaction in adulthood.Olga asks Zac about his experience with medication in reference to ADHD or ADD symptoms. Zac mentions that there are scary ideas out there about it but he has had a good experience with it and he is able to "adult" now. He also shares that his wife mentioned(probably in jest) that it may have saved their marriage. He goes on to note the saying that. "Pills don't teach skills", suggesting that there is really no replacement for learning the coping skills or behaviours associated with a problem. The idea is that the best outcomes will come from a treatment that is both, behaviourally based interventions and medication.

007 Who's in your corner?
Mar 27 2018 59 mins  
Eight time Women’s World Boxing Champion Jelena Mrdjenovich guest stars on The Shift Show. Jelena talks about the many things in life that have gotten her to this point: supportive parents, passionate and caring coaches, and being the best version of yourself, to name a few. Jelena has a self-titled documentary on YouTube and she also opened a boxing studio called Champs in Edmonton. Her 50th fight takes place on April 28th at the Shaw Conference Centre. Tickets are available at Champs in Edmonton or online through Eventbrite (search K.O. Boxing).YouTube: Jelena“Training doesn’t stop for life,” Jelena says. “You have to keep training.”JelenaTweet“You have no idea,” Jelena speaks about the emotional toll boxing takes. “You have to get punched in the face and not be upset about it. It’s just someone’s job.”JelenaTweet“There is good that comes from the bad,” Jelena says. “How you carry yourself and what you do after the bad news and the bad events is how you will be perceived.”JelenaTweet* cut from junior high basketball* senior coach approached her and she joined team, but didn’t play much (15-16yrs boarding school) and she learned so much in that year and it changed who she was and what she could have been“It was a pivotal part in my life, never mind my career”He took me into his office and he said, ‘everything happens for a reason. When a door closes, another one will open and it’s what you do with that open door and that opportunity.’* blew out her knee at 18 years old – basketball* rehab at physio and she found boxing* her high school perspective changed her perspective in life* she opened a boxing gym* she has a great team at her studio; great health team as well* looking to expand her studio; open another one ...

002 Limiting Belief Coloured Glasses
Feb 02 2018 51 mins  
Limiting Beliefs start to form quite early in life. You may never actually consciously think ,"I am not good enough" but you may feel that all the time. Limiting Beliefs are often experienced as a feeling rather than an actual thought. We often say that they are not rational. There may be overwhelming evidence that you are not what you are thinking but if emotionally or unconsciously you feel this way then it becomes the dominant cognition. One of the reasons Limiting Beliefs are so hard to change is due to cognitive dissonance. It's easier for us to change how we interpret information so our beliefs stay intact than to change our entire belief structure when new or contradictory information is presented to us.Zac mentions that he was recently reading, "The Wizard of Oz" to his daughter and compares Oz mandating that everybody in the Emerald City wear green glasses to the way cognitive dissonance works with limiting beliefs."Dorothy was shocked to learn the truth from the Wizard of Oz: "But isn’t everything here green?", asked Dorothy. No more than in any other city, replied Oz; but when you wear green spectacles, why of course everything you see looks green to you. The Emerald City was built a great many years ago, for I was a young man when the balloon brought me here, and I am a very old man now. But my people have worn green glasses on their eyes so long that most of them think it really is an Emerald City"Limiting Beliefs are similar in the sense that they will completely change or distort the way we interpret information and therefore changes the way we interpret reality.

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