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Questions I Bet Your Psychiatrist Never Asked You
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Questions I Bet Your Psychiatrist Never Asked You

During new patient evaluations, psychiatrists generally have a standard set of questions that are asked to help formulate a diagnosis based on diagnostic criteria and to develop a treatment plan.  Every psychiatrist has their own style, but I’ve always been interested in asking patients more open-ended questions if I think it will provide me with a greater understanding of who … Continue reading

Say ‘No’ To Burnout: A Renewed Physician’s Goal for 2016
Lifestyle / Medicine

Say ‘No’ To Burnout: A Renewed Physician’s Goal for 2016

{Napa, California} 2015 was a year to regroup and reassess my professional goals.  Immediately after residency, I did as most physicians do — apply and hope to get a job that pays well and is in a good location.  Similar to the personalities of most physicians, I am a workaholic and overachiever.  Therefore, since graduating residency, I … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution Ideas To Enhance Your Mental Health
Lifestyle / Psychiatry

New Year’s Resolution Ideas To Enhance Your Mental Health

Not sure about you, but I got tired of writing down the standard New Year’s resolutions on my list (such as losing weight, making more money, etc) several years ago.  Research has shown that people typically lose momentum to carry out their resolutions within the first 6 months, so why not make a list that enhances your life and contributes … Continue reading

The “No Bullsh**” Guide For Getting Through The Holiday Season
Psychiatry

The “No Bullsh**” Guide For Getting Through The Holiday Season

Ahhh yes, the television commercials convey cheerfulness and joy with the contrived images of gift giving and preparing for a massive holiday feast, but the reality is that people probably identify more with Ebenezer Scrooge than Martha Stewart.  If a part of you feels too guilty and ashamed to admit that you’re not filled with holiday glee, then consider … Continue reading

Mixed Feelings
Personal

Mixed Feelings

{Inland Empire, California} I contemplated skipping my weekly blogpost today, mostly because I got a headache each time I sat down to type.  But then I recalled my previous pattern of taking brief hiatuses from blogging, which eventually turned into a year long hiatus, and were mostly triggered by feeling too overwhelmed or stressed at the … Continue reading

Why A Pre-Med Student With Bipolar Disorder Posted on YouTube Against Medical Advice
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Why A Pre-Med Student With Bipolar Disorder Posted on YouTube Against Medical Advice

{Logan’s transformation leading up to disclosure of his mental illness} I recall browsing through Logan Noone’s Instagram last year, taking note of his scenic photos of the great outdoors and noticing the huge smile on his face pictured standing on snowy slopes or sitting among friends at sporting events.  His profile stated he was a mental health advocate, and other … Continue reading

5 Things I Would Tell My Pre-Med Self
Medicine

5 Things I Would Tell My Pre-Med Self

Whenever I receive emails and comments from pre-medical students, I reminisce of my ambitious years in college.  The most common questions I receive pertain to advice on how to become a standout applicant in order to get accepted into medical school.  I’ve mentioned this before in a previous post — I did not perceive myself as a standout applicant (my … Continue reading

How a Nurse Practitioner Living With Bipolar Disorder Takes Control In the Workplace
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How a Nurse Practitioner Living With Bipolar Disorder Takes Control In the Workplace

I first came across Ann Roselle, an acute care nurse practitioner, via Twitter after reading the extremely personal and brave post that she wrote for the online magazine, Ravishly, which poignantly highlights the humiliation she experienced during one of her numerous psychiatric hospitalizations.  Given the stigma that surrounds mental illness, many may feel ashamed to disclose their diagnoses (especially as a … Continue reading

Why A Social Worker Turned His Passion for Bicycling Into a Mission
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Why A Social Worker Turned His Passion for Bicycling Into a Mission

One of the best things about blogging is the opportunity to meet like-minded, motivated people in the mental health field who are passionate about making a greater impact in the community.  When I first came across Bike and Brain on Facebook, I was impressed by Matt Ryan, LMSW (the founder of Bike and Brain) and his selfless … Continue reading

Steps I Take To Be A Stigma Free Psychiatrist
Psychiatry

Steps I Take To Be A Stigma Free Psychiatrist

It’s a busy week for raising mental health awareness.  Today is World Mental Health Day (October 10th), which is a day observed for discussing issues, garnering support, and mobilizing efforts to improve the treatment and public attitudes towards people living with mental illness worldwide (this year’s theme is “Dignity In Mental Health”).  Today is also the final day of Mental … Continue reading

The Crucial Transition From Work to Home
Psychiatry / therapy

The Crucial Transition From Work to Home

{Beverly Hills, California} One of my patients told me that the most frustrating part of his day occurs the moment he arrives home from work when his family accuses him of being isolative and uninterested (due to his first activity upon arrival consisting of sitting in his parked car in the driveway and/or watering the lawn instead of immediately engaging in family … Continue reading

Love Thyself
Personal / therapy

Love Thyself

{Sonoma, California} Sure, when I first heard Hailee Steinfeld’s single, “Love Myself,” on the radio, I initially became excited that such a popular song celebrated a love for one’s self.  And even after dissecting the song’s lyrics (to discover the actual allusion to masturbation), I still remained inspired to write a post that paid homage to myself, particularly because I … Continue reading

Termination Point
Psychiatry / therapy

Termination Point

Saying “goodbye” can stir a variety of emotions including sadness, anger, and relief. The whole experience can feel quite uncomfortable, so is it better to say “goodbye” or to say nothing at all?  Clearly, the more thoughtful and courteous action would be to leave with at least some type of acknowledgement (a wave, a handshake, the verbalization of “goodbye,” … Continue reading

Schizophrenic Connection
Fashion / Psychiatry

Schizophrenic Connection

{Schizophrenic.NYC tank top} As a psychiatrist, I treat nearly all mental health diagnoses, but among the patients that have been most memorable and have broken the most stereotypes in my mind are those diagnosed with schizophrenia.  As an intern and resident physician, I allotted more time to talk with my patients with schizophrenia because they were generally the ones who spoke the least and … Continue reading

Explore
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Explore

{Bubblegum Alley, San Luis Obispo, California} I know that the end of year 2015 is fast approaching, but I’m declaring a resolution for the remaining months: to be spontaneous and feel free to explore.  The restrictive years of medical education, training, and work, can be so draining.  Some of you may know that I work in clinic part-time … Continue reading

Find The Light
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Find The Light

{San Luis Obispo, California} Sometimes in the darkest moments, it’s hard to imagine that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.  Friends, family, or therapists may try and provide reassurance that life gets better, things get better, fate will lead you to something better, and that you deserve better.  Such thoughts sound so passive in nature, … Continue reading