Chain of Events: How DBT’s Behavioral Chain Analysis Can Help YOU

How to Do a Behavioral Chain Analysis (The Simple Version) Reminder: A Behavioral Chain Analysis should be done in between crises when you are relatively calm and relax. Each part should be completed in excruciating detail. Lots and lots and lots and lots of detail.

Executive Function, Parenting, and Your Kid’s Messy Room

“Your Kid’s Messy Room” is part of the Executive Function Series of Videos and the first of the series that deals with parenting implications.   Your goal is to make cleaning a room a task that a child understands and can generally do and to make it far less stressful for both of you. Having a backup adult (like another parent or friend) is useful for this only if they understand the goal.  For review, go to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Also, you can use the advice on helping your child with their messy room for other things …

Executive Function Pt. 3: Forming Habits

Executive Function Pt. 3: Forming Habits For part 1 go here and part 2 go here. Now we move on to forming habits. Toward the end of this article will be links to this information in other forms.  The Parts of YOur Brain Involved in Forming habits When you form a habit, you move information from your pre-frontal cortex to other parts of your brain, especially your basal ganglia. Your pre-frontal cortex is the newest part of your brain, genetically. It is also the most vulnerable to stress and other issues. Because of this, it is important, whenever we can, …

Executive Function Part 2: Hacks and Workarounds

You have waited long enough. Part 1 covered definitions and causes of issues with executive function. Without further ado, here’s executive function part 2:  Executive Function Part 2: Hacks and Workarounds   I hesitated to use “hacks” here because I don’t want you to think I’m not taking executive function dysfunction lightly.  Finally decided that it was a short and plain way to say “stuff that works” and decided to keep it.  If you’ve been following along with this series, you know that I am relying heavily on the research of Adele Diamond to bring these ideas to you. All …

Executive Function Pt 1: What Is It?

Executive Function Pt 1: What Is It? As always, busy life and my own executive function issues prevent same-day article and video publication. First, watch the video. It comes complete with my standard fidgeting with my fingers and rambling as I wander off my outline and back on again. Let me know what you think in the comments here or on YouTube.  Executive Function: Definition and Explanation Executive function has a lot of definitions.  The best one I’ve found came from an article in Annual Review of Psychology written by Adele Diamond (click on the link to read the entire …

Do You Mind? (Tackling THE THING)

I mean, really. Do you spend your days spinning and your nights sleepless, realizing all of the things you could have done with your days? THE THING you could have been doing with your days? It could be you’re struggling with an executive function deficit. That means that because of injury or illness or exhaustion, the part of your brain that is supposed to help you make decisions isn’t doing its job properly. Tackling the thing feels extremely difficult or impossible.  THE THING is also commonly known as “the impossible task,” which is the task that your brain is telling you …