[EPISODE] Finding Courage in Times of Adversity
This week on Voices of Courage, host Ken D. Foster is joined by Dr. Herman Williams, an Executive Vice President and the Chief Clinical Officer at RCCH HealthCare Partner with extensive healthcare expertise that includes the management and operations of large-scale, national clinics and hospitals, and Dr. John Kruse, a neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and author of the book, “Recognizing Adult ADHD: What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”, to discuss navigating through adversity with courage and kindness.
Dr. Williams discusses his success formula for embracing our current reality and enduring life’s crushing blows so that we can find purpose and cultivate peace and joy every day. Dr. Kruse shares how adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects millions of Americans, why this serious condition often goes unrecognized and untreated, and how someone can tell if they, or someone they know, has the condition.
Ken begins the show by offering some words of encouragement and tips to stay stress-free as a way to better fend off the coronavirus, encouraging the audience to listen/re-listen to previous episodes for inspiration. Ken then introduces his first guest Dr. Herman Williams, an Executive VP and Chief Clinical Officer at ECCH HealthCare Partner who has extensive experience managing large scale clinics and hospitals. The segment ends with Dr. Williams talks about how he’s dealing with the coronavirus and the overall plan communities should implement to deal with the virus.
Dr. Herman Williams talks about his book CLEAR: Living The Life You Didn’t Dream Of, particularly the inspiration for the book’s title based on his own real life experiences. He details the contents of the book and what readers can expect to learn from it. Dr. Williams places emphasis on how readers can continue to pursue their dreams in the face of a crisis that puts their dreams “on hold” or, perhaps, stops it entirely. The segment ends informing audiences where they can get a copy of Dr. Williams’s book.
Dr. Williams goes further in-depth about what kept his drive to pursue his goals, and the planning and solutions that assisted with including ways of organization, support systems, and education. Dr. Williams then goes into what he labels the “Kindness Scale,” which defines different levels of compassion and how to implement more acts of compassion to one another and ourselves. Ken and Dr. Williams, again, tells the audience where they can get a copy of the book CLEAR: Living The Life You Didn’t Dream Of. The segment ends with Dr. William’s final thoughts.
Ken introduces neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and author, Dr. John Kruse, who specializes in treating patients with ADHD. Dr. Kruse, like Dr. Williams, also does into detail about how he’s dealing with the current pandemic, taking the usual precautions and maintaining social networks. Dr. Kruse talks about how he got into the field to study ADHD as well as how the disorder was treated much differently 25 years ago. He then lists adult ADHD symptoms and how it can be observed in President Donald Trump, clarifying behaviors between what may be narcissism and what may be ADHD. After which, Dr. Kruse discusses speculations of causes of ADHD.
Dr. Kruse goes into how people can support those living with ADHD, primarily within social interactions and structure. He goes into some of the contents of his book, Recognizing Adult ADHD: What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and how severe the impacts of ADHD can be. This leads into why Dr. Kruse uses Donald Trump as the primary model for his book. Ken then asks what the “Gold Water Rule” is within the psychiatric field, and why Dr. Kruse breaks away from it in his book. Dr. Kruse then informs where listeners can acquire his book. The segment ends with Dr. Kruse’s final thoughts.