Youth Athletics As Mind Medicine For Life

Dr. Bob and Sharkie knocked it out of the park with their #HehSportsParents book!

In case you missed it, here’s the podcast from Wednesday, August 1 show of ‘THE SPORTS DOCTOR’ -Dr. Denise McDermott, Adult & Child Psychiatrist, Podcast Host, Author & contributor to the book #HeySportsParents & Kate Nematollahi.

Here is our interview:

This Doc Is Proving You Don’t Have to Follow the Rules from The Premed Years

Listen to This Doc Is Proving You Don’t Have to Follow the Rules from The Premed Years | Medical School Headquarters | MCAT | AMCAS | Interviews in Podcasts.

****This episode was recorded last summer! I received a message from a premedical student yesterday thanking me for the tips on the show. I did not know this show was launched and thought I would share as it gives insight into my journey and it is a great reminder to stay on the path of love, light and service!
Dr. Denise

The Sports Doctor Radio Show Interview!

What an honor to be a guest on “The Sports Doctor Radio Show” this past week!

“J.R. Niklos, former NFL player, Owner/Director of Sports Performance at Acceleration in Naperville joins me along with returning Dr. Denise McDermott, Adult and Child Psychiatrist, Author, Podcaster and Contributing Writer to my book ‘#HeySportsParents!’.Then it’s ‘The Sports Docs In’ – 3pm CST at” ~Dr. Bob

Temporary Insanity

Dr. Denise McDermott, M.D., Adult & Child Psychiatrist endorses the new show, Temporary Insanity! “What I love about the show is how Dr. Morgan has her patients feel and think about wellness and not their illness. She helps them align with the best version of themselves, no matter what the issue is, and she brings out the best traits in them so that they don’t define themselves by their diagnosed ‘disorder’.

Dr. Denise’s Endorsement.
Make sure to visit the Temporary Insanity FAN PAGE (@TemporaryInsanity, FaceBook)and hit “like!”

Would you like to connect with your Soul? Interview with Dr. Denise McDermott

Angel RIBO, TV Host of Mindalia Television Interviews Dr. Denise!

Watch HERE!

“Psychiatrist Denise McDermott loves connecting with people in her practice. She loves calling herself the Doctor of the Soul, because she immediately connects with people’s souls. When she realized that was her natural gift, she started a life of connection. Angel Ribo conducts the Interview.”

Holistic Health: Two Integrative Experts Weigh-In

Holistic health integrates all parts of your being… physiologically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Whole body health depends on more than eating well, exercising or taking care of your bodily systems.

Learn more in our latest installment of #talkhealthytoday ➡️ #thtpodcast #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #wholebody #mentalstrength

Dr. Lori Shemek
Dr. Denise M.D.

A Father’s Gift of Sobriety

I have decided that 2018 is going to be a year of allowing myself to share with all of you my own vulnerabilities and challenges too. It is important to remember that our toughest times in life can be faced with grace and healing. These experiences make US human.

“A Father’s Gift of Sobriety”

*originally published on June 29, 2017 on

Dr. Denise McDermott, M.D

“You want to be the one on the court the whole game, not just at halftime.” Words from my father as he was encouraging me to try out for basketball. I thought to myself, “That sounds like a great idea.” I declined the pom-pom squad position and the next day he taught me how to shoot my first lay-up. I secured a spot on my middle school basketball team shortly after I mastered the lay-up. Dad was grinning ear to ear when he found out. His encouragement was endless and he did not treat my sister and I differently than my brother when it came to academic, athletic or career advice. This was truly a gift that I would not fully realize until I met other girls while I was in college who did not have this type of encouragement growing up.

Being emotionally present however was not always the case for my Dad. He battled the demons of alcoholism and landed himself in the intensive care unit after going into withdrawal while on a cub-scout trip with my first grade brother. I remember the day the phone rang from the hospital and the look of terror on my Mom’s face. I was in third grade and was told “your father could die if he keeps drinking.” After he made it out of the hospital he half-heartedly participated in rehab. It was two years later after relapses, hidden vodka bottles, and guilty bribes of Neapolitan ice cream after he “messed up” until he would realize the magnitude of his addiction. He could lose his family!

My Mom set a hard line and said you have to leave if you are going to choose alcohol over your family. “I turned to faith and God, Denise. I did not want to lose our family.” He checked himself into rehab and became sober when I was 11 years old and for the rest of his life. Do you know what an impact this had on my entire family? His sobriety was the biggest gift of my childhood. My Dad was my hero for being able to stop having an affair with the bottle.

It is never too late to become more present for your child. My Dad was a great listener and validated my fears and disappointment in his past foibles. I forgave him, we became closer. He believed in me when I tried out for varsity soccer in high-school, I made it. He was encouraging of my decision to pursue medicine. He was a patient listener when I made mistakes and showed unconditional love in all situations. His life experience with addiction made him a better husband, father and friend to all. His laugh was contagious and he taught all of us that your character and how you treat others is your most important virtue.

I have exponential gratitude for all of my life experiences and would not be the mother and doctor that I am today without every life lesson.

Dr. Denise McDermott, M.D. is a mother, author, and child psychiatrist that is passionate about raising awareness about the importance of a healthy mindset!