Managing Your Mind
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Geraldine A. Markel, Ph.D. •
Geri Markel
Managing Your Mind Newsletter
September/October 2010

Welcome to the Managing Your Mind Newsletter, where you can find information and strategies to help you manage your mind and enhance your work, life, and/or school performance.

Feel free to contact me with your questions, concerns, and suggestions. Previous issues are archived in our Newsletter Archive. Sample checklists and diagrams are archived there under The Geri Checklists.

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You'll find the following sections in this issue:



New Office Space!

Geri is now meeting clients and conducting "Managing Your Academic Mind" seminars at 304 1/2 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. (Enter next to Ben & Jerry's and take the stairs to the second floor, near Dascola Barber.) This location will allow for small group instruction in the following areas:

  • Boot camp for high school students to prepare their college applications. In addition, classes about making college selections and writing college essays.
  • Taking college admissions and other tests (How to Deal with Test Stress, Advanced Test Taking Skills).
  • Advanced reading and study skills (How to Read Tons of Material, How to Organize and Write Papers).
  • For adults in the workplace: Time Management and Reducing Distractibility at the Office.

Call (734) 761-6498) or email if you are interested in small group services.


Event Report

Once again, the University of Michigan-sponsored National AD/HD Awareness Week presentation, AD/HD and Anxiety by Carolyn Daitch, Ph.D., was a huge success. Rackham Amphitheatre was filled to capacity (over 200 attendees) and a bigger venue is already being sought for next year. A flood of follow-up letters attests to the fact that such offerings provide a needed service to the University and the community at large. Below is a photo of Dr. Daitch (right), Stuart Segal of Services for Students with Disabilities (middle), and Geri (left).


Upcoming Event

Geri will be presenting at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School on Oct. 11, 2010 at 4 pm. "Reading Skills" is open to any UM student enrolled in a graduate program. For more information, click here


Goofs and Glitches

We've all done something like the harried mother in the September 15, 2010 entry of this blog, but we don't all have the guts to put the evidence right out there in the blogosphere. To see the dangers of distracted lunch-packing, check out the photo of the items her four-year-old discovered in her lunch bag. You can't get much mileage at the preschool lunch table trying to trade a baby bottle full of Boost and a mini-baggie of croutons! Be forewarned of some salty language as Mom tells it like it is in the working-parent trenches.

Funny or inconvenient, let's share our experiences. If you have one to share, send it to


Strategies for Success

Consider taking some time right now to evaluate where you and your family stand in regard to yearly medical checkups. Flu shots, for example, are crucial for at-risk patient groups during the fall season. Many people also have medical care spending accounts that must be used by Dec. 31 or the remaining funds are lost. As a result, appointments can be hard to come by in November and December, not only at doctors' offices but also at dental and eye care facilities. Get family health care visits scheduled and added to the calendar/reminder system that works best for you.


Student/Parent Corner

For most students, great scores on standardized college admissions tests aren't just a matter of luck. Even students who do well without conscious preparation know that their high school coursework and study skills play a large part in their success. In a recent Ann article, several Ann Arbor students who received perfect scores on the ACT discussed the ways in which preparation helped them maximize their performance. Familiarity with test and question structures is essential; for instance, one student set a goal of taking a practice test from a prep book or online site every weekend for the three months leading up to the testing date. This helped her feel calm and confident when she took the actual test. Click here for additional tips on preparing for "Those Nerve-Wracking Tests" like the ACT and SAT.


Featured Resources

  • Canadians Rick and Ava Green, film/television production veterans (The Red Green Show), have created The website is an outgrowth of their award- winning documentary film on AD/HD, ADD and Loving It?! Along with AD/HD expert Dr. Umesh Jain, the Greens "...[offer] a rich, diverse, and accessible collection of information and insight about adult ADHD. Content covers topics such as: symptoms, steps for getting a proper diagnosis, myth-busting, associated conditions, treatment approaches, when and how medication is used, and tips for managing everyday life..." Check out the amusing video presentations, fascinating forums and blog posts, and other tools available on the site.
  • Chris Bidlack of Bidlack Creative Group drew our attention to a time management software package, Rescue Time tracks what you actually DO on your computer - and what percentage of work time you spend doing it. Once you have an accurate picture of your computer habits, you can opt for the program to help remind you to stay on track, or even block your access to time-wasting sites. You can also track projects and chart work hours toward specific goals.
  • Congratulations to Kevin Roberts, who was our Featured Resource in the June- July 2008 MYM Newsletter. Kevin, an AD/HD coach and a mentor to those struggling with online gaming addiction, has just published Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap (Hazelden, $14.95 paper, 200p, ISBN 9781592859481). According to Publishers Weekly, "...Roberts outlines the ways in which game addiction occurs and manifests, and provides step-by-step strategies for concerned family members and friends who want to help their addicted loved ones recover...Readers...will find Robert's tale disturbing and enlightening." For more information on Kevin and his book, visit



  • Coaching is now only a computer screen away! Using Mac's iChat or Skype, you can have audio and/or video coaching sessions with simultaneous text-based instant messaging. Skype is a free, downloadable service that provides free calls, video calls, and instant messaging over the internet (; for information about iChat, search for your particular model. Moderately priced computer webcams and microphones are readily available. Both domestic and international clients are taking advantage of this convenient and effective way to improve productivity and reduce stress levels. To inquire, contact Geri, or tel. (734) 761-6498.
  • New edition arriving in October! Three experts provide their best college admissions advice in the latest publication from Managing Your Mind: College Admissions: From Chaos to Control by John Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W., Debbie E. Merion, M.S.W., and Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. Decide on the right schools for you, find your unique voice to write a compelling application essay, and score your best on high-stakes tests such as the ACT and SAT. John, Debbie, and Geri help families fit together the pieces of the college admissions process. Available on the website. $12.95, digital download $10.00.
  • Attention! The second edition of Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress has now been published by iUniverse. Copies can be ordered from the publisher's website,, from, and from Books can be special-ordered at Borders and Barnes & Noble, and are on the shelf in Ann Arbor at Nicola's Books. Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction can be purchased in e-book format from iUniverse or as a download through
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Reading: A Positive Distraction

Do you belong to a book club? Are your members having trouble finding the time to finish their monthly selections? What about a meeting to discuss the Demons of Distraction? For book clubs of ten or more members, Geri would be happy to present a session featuring her book, Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress. Learn how to reduce distraction and increase time for reading and other meaningful life activities. Visit to read summaries and reviews of Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Proven Strategies to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress

Getting lost in a good book can be a wonderful distraction. Even fifteen minutes of reading time, curled up in your den or a cozy cafe, can really be rejuvenating. Here are some favorites that Geri and her staff enjoyed recently:

  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer: this saga takes place in Budapest and Paris before and during WWII. It traces the story of three brothers, their politics, their love affairs and their fates during this turbulent time. A well-written and engaging piece of historical fiction by an award-winning author.
  • Film: Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, Producer/Director, Eric Schlosser, Co-Producer: you'll think twice about reaching for those chicken nuggets after getting an inside view of the way mechanized farming and animal husbandry has affected the quality of our food supply. Big industry promotes the idea that standardization yields fast and affordable food, but observing their practices will cause you to ponder the price society pays in the long run. An excellent documentary to watch with older children; it will undoubtedly spur family discussion.


Enjoy the glorious colors of fall!

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