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RON STERLING M.D. - PSYCHIATRY & PSYCHOTHERAPY - SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
-- Updated May 14, 2021 --
A Brief Introduction to DearShrink.com.
Welcome! Or, Welcome Back!
DearShrink.com was an online mental health information and counseling center hosted by Ron Sterling, M.D. Dr. Sterling was a General Psychiatrist who had specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have closed my practice and retired from the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. However, I continue to write and update my books to reflect changes in the understanding of what is currently called "ADHD." See below for further information about my current projects.
The mission of DearShrink from 2000 to 2015 was to provide readers with easily-accessible, authoritative information and assistance from an award-winning psychiatrist and writer. It, and its associated sites, are in the process of being downsized to relevant content that will stay posted for archival and portfolio purposes.
Right: Ron Sterling -- Before and After (2000 and 2020, now age 75)
DearShrink has been called the "Dear Abby" of Internet psychiatry. This was a leading and popular mental health information center. It was one of the few sites created and maintained by a solo practitioner without the help of any website staff or consultants, nor any corporate funding.
However, it is in the process of being revised extensively to reflect its history and not to offer any online, video, telephonic, or in-person services. That major overhaul may take some time. I apologize for the messy status of the site while I deconstruct and remove now irrelevant content. Readers should note that many events, dates, and services referred to in these pages are out of date. Update dates shown at the top of each page will indicate the old age of much of the formerly time-sensitive information.
The DearShrink.com Mission.
Thank you for visiting, and best wishes.
This page contains a summary of what can be found at DearShrink.
The main Advice destination at DearShrink is PsychAnswers.net, where I provide links to my award-winning articles on mental health and social commentary. Most of the articles are responses to reader questions.
My Mental Wellness Web page contains articles, information, and resources for understanding the factors in mental wellness -- self-appreciation, resilience, affiliation, negotiation, curiosity, exercise and leisure activities.
I am a strong believer in life-long learning and inner-life development. This Web site and my focus on "always getting better" are manifestations of my own commitment to taking the next step in personal growth.
The mission of DearShrink.com was to not only furnish visitors, potential clients, and clients with information, but to also provide a Web site experience which was highly educational and to assist in reducing the stigma attached to many aspects of the mental health treatment environment.
However, since 2008, I have been intensely focused on reading primary research literature and becoming comprehensively informed on the huge amount of knowledge that has been gained about the downside and upside of what we currently call Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have read in excess of 25,000 pages of primary literature since 2008 and published two editions of my paradigm-changing book Adult ADD Factbook -- The Truth About Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Updated 2011 and 2013. They are available on Amazon.com.
The scope of my reading and writing has made it impossible to continue the former mission of DearShrink.com, which was to provide readers with a broader collection of and links to mental health and wellness information. The many outdated pages here still contain original writing that has stood the test of recent time. However, over the next few months, I will be dismantling and remodeling most of the DearShrink.com website.
Please go to my Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Statement for more information about my potential biases.
My books are Available at Amazon.com and at ThinkTwiceAboutADD.com.
Thank You for Stopping By!
- Click here to find the paperback edition of my 2013 updated book: Adult ADD Factbook -- The Truth About Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Updated June 2013 (tm).
- Click here to find a searchable pdf copy of my 2013 update of the book: Adult ADD Factbook -- The Truth About Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Updated June 2013 (tm).
- Click here to find the earlier, 2011 paperback edition of the book: Adult ADD Factbook -- The Truth About Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Updated November 2011 (tm).
- Click here to find the Kindle edition of the 2011 paperback: Adult ADD Factbook -- The Truth About Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Updated November 2011 (tm).
I have incorporated the findings reported in those earlier books into an updated book to be published in 2021 entitled The Dopamine Paradox -- Why the West's Greatest Strength is Also its Greatest Weakness (tm).
The strength of my books are in their ability to arrive at a balance between scientific truth (which requires some technical and scientific language) and reader-friendliness. They use language and concepts that are easy to understand and remember, without dumbing down the very important scientific findings about the upside and the downside of the ADD brain.
The Adult ADD Factbook will help you understand how the current narrow definition and the stigma related to ADD clearly subvert a true estimate of the prevalence of ADD and of many other sub-optimal dopamine conditions in the entire Western Hemisphere.
ADD is the current poster child for a large number of sub-optimal dopamine conditions that are significantly responsible for "nicotinism," alcoholism, obesity, many eating disorders, insomnia, fibromyalgia, the over-use of marijuana, cocaine, illicit methamphetamine, and opioids, and impulse-control problems of many types.
The Adult ADD Factbook will also allow you to learn about the genetics of ADD, the upside of ADD, and some of the cultural and social implications of the many dopamine deficiency conditions. It has been called "a game changer."
-- Best wishes, Dr. Sterling
Psychiatry Practice was Closed Effective February 28, 2021
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