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Welcome!  Or, Welcome Back!™ is an online mental health information and counseling center hosted by Ron Sterling, M.D.   Dr. Sterling is a General Psychiatrist who is also specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He is also very experienced with psychotherapy and relationship and family counseling.

    The mission of DearShrink is to provide you with easily-accessible, authoritative information and assistance from an award-winning psychiatrist and writer.

Ron Sterling, M.D., Seattle, Washington.
A Brief Introduction to™.

Personal Growth, Deeper Understanding.

    We all have personal puzzles to solve and discoveries to be made. Sometimes, our emotional and behavioral issues can be very difficult to sort out. Occasionally, we are simply overwhelmed with problems we have created for ourselves or circumstances related to loved ones. Frequently, we just need some help to put the pieces back together after a stressful experience. Often, we wish to take the next step in our personal development and gain a deeper understanding of others and ourselves.

    Dr. Sterling's 30-plus years of psychiatric knowledge allows him to offer you a wealth of skill, maturity and understanding while providing a supportive environment in which you can identify the pieces of your personal puzzles, figure out what to do with them, and move further toward the life that you desire.

    Whether your life contains troublesome, unfinished, psychological business or you have taken care of just about everything, Dr. Sterling can provide you with the opportunity to give yourself or your loved ones the gift of continued personal growth.

    To read more about Dr. Sterling, please go to his Biography Page.

Dr. Sterling's Adult ADD Factbook is Out!

Accepting New Clients.

    In-Person Services -- Dr. Sterling is accepting new clients and scheduling appointments at his Bellevue Office. Appointments are available on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dr. Sterling understands that weekend appointments can be very convenient for clients working weekdays or who live in more distant communities. However, please note the "Travel Advisory" further below on this page regarding Weekend 520 Bridge Closures.

    Give Dr. Sterling a call at 206-784-7842. He will be happy to answer your questions and speak with you about your concerns. Dr. Sterling is the only person who answers his phone or listens to voice messages.

    To read more about Dr. Sterling's uncompromised confidential, thoughtful, directly accessible and personalized counseling services, please go to his office Web site at

    Internet Chat and Telephone Appointments can be scheduled at selected times any time of the week. Please go to our Online Counseling page to learn more.

    E-Mail Counseling:  If the E-mail Order pages are available, you can order e-mail mental health care information and counseling seven days a week. Please go to our Online Counseling page to learn more about E-Mail Counseling.

Travel Advisory! I-520 is Occasionally Closed on Weekends (Use I-90).

New Web Site -- All About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

    Dr. Sterling has established a new Web site about adult attention deficit disorder. You may think the diagnosis is a "fad," but it is not. Despite all the advertising, which could be interpreted as "pushing" a product, adult attention deficit disorder has historically been underdiagnosed. The reason? Professionals, for some time, did not have enough evidence to make a conclusion about whether children grew out of their symptoms or not. Now, we know they may grow out of some of their symptoms but still struggle with, among other things, concentration, follow-through, impulsiveness, poor judgment, irritability, and low frustration tolerance. Please visit Adult Attention Deficit Disorder to get more information.

Humor and a Sense of Perspective.

    Significant doses of humor can be found at™, since we believe that viewing life's roller-coaster ride with a sense of perspective is a healthy thing. To provide additional resources for those seeking a balanced view,™ provides Web columns about the word "shrink", about Freud (and others), and pages devoted to reflections on life, consisting of poetry, essays, and photographs.

Serious Stuff.

    Even though humor appears to be good for the central nervous system and general physical health,™ also believes, if you are not careful, that humor can be a distraction and an opiate of the masses. We have our serious, mental health activist side. Dr. Sterling was Chair of the King County Mental Health Advisory Board (KCMHAB) from 2004-2006. He is a strong advocate for better mental health care in the Washington State and is a member and contributes to Seattle-area chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Resources for Support.

    At our Support Resources page, you will find links to in-person and online support resources. In times of trouble and when we feel very alone, all the support we can get can make a big difference in our lives.

Please Read Our Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement.

    We encourage you to thoroughly read our Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement. It spells out our mutual responsibilities and the very legal limitations of an information Web site such as™. If you continue to visit and use the resources of™, we invite you to check the update date at the top of the Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement page about every 30 days. If it has been updated since you last read it, we encourage you to read it again.

The™ Mission.

    Dr. Sterling is a strong believer in life-long learning and inner-life development. This Web site and his focus on "always getting better" are manifestations of his own commitment to taking the next step in personal growth.

    In addition to furnishing visitors, potential clients, and clients with information about Dr. Sterling and his private practice of psychiatry, it is the mission of™ to provide a Web site experience which is highly educational and which will assist in reducing the stigma attached to many aspects of the mental health treatment environment. Please go to Dr. Sterling's Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Statement for more information about Dr. Sterling's potential biases.

Thank You for Stopping By!

            -- Best wishes, Dr. Sterling

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