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“A Book of Common and Uncommon Sense”

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About the Book:

When people interact, they use both their common and uncommon sense. Common sense is what we are consciously aware of and uncommon sense is based on unconscious thinking, experience and feelings. Without understanding a person’s past experiences, their reaction to a situation may be misinterpreted, causing anxiety or stress. If one is able to understand the differences between common and uncommon sense, they may find their relationships with others more pleasant.

Originally published in 2014, “A Book of Common and Uncommon Sense” by Ernest G. Shadid, M.D. is easy to read and easy to understand. It is a compilation of theories, examples and explanations of human reactions and behaviors. This book continues to be a rough draft as are most things in life; it might never be finished because learning is never finished. This is not a scientific document. These are observations, thoughts and clinical examples made over a 50-year practice in psychiatry.

Additional copies of this book have become available. Book sales benefit the Donahue-Shadid Psychiatric Alumni Society, a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization. The mission of the Society is to establish a continuing medical education program for the members of the Society; to provide assistance in educational opportunities for psychiatric residents in the Psychiatric Residency Training Program at Griffin Memorial Hospital; to promote and maintain relationships among the alumni and residents; and to enhance the knowledge of important issues in the field of psychiatry by encouraging active participation in district and national psychiatric organizations including the Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association and the American Psychiatric Association.



Ernest G. Shadid, M.D. served the mentally ill in Oklahoma for over 50 years through his tenure at (Central State) Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman. After receiving his M.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and a year at the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Shadid entered the Psychiatric Residency Training Program at Central State Hospital, graduating in 1961. Throughout his hospital career, Dr. Shadid served as Director of the Outpatient Department, Clinical Director, Assistant Superintendent and most notably, his 40-year tenure as Director of the Central State Griffin Memorial Hospital’s Psychiatric Residency Training Program where he was responsible for the training of over 300 physicians in the practice of psychiatry. Dr. Shadid has the distinction of holding the longest tenure as a director of psychiatric residency training in the United States.

Dr. Shadid is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and the Oklahoma Psychiatric Physicians Association; and is an Emeritus Fellow in the American College of Psychiatry. He has served as Chief Medical Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and is an Emeritus Professor, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Dr. Shadid passed away on September 23, 2020. With his passing Oklahoma lost a champion for his profession, a mentor to many and a dear friend with warmth and wisdom. Memorials honoring Dr. Shadid may be made to the Donahue-Shadid Psychiatric Alumni Society, PO Box 722456, Norman, OK 73070 or to the St. Thomas Moore University Parish, 100 Stinson Street, Norman, OK 73072. As soon as it is safe to gather, the Donahue-Shadid Psychiatric Alumni Society will join his family to host a memorial honoring his life and legacy. Notice will be posted on this website.

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