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Casual Fridays
Lifestyle

Casual Fridays

{Scripps College, Claremont, CA} To lighten up the mood, I decided to create a series that highlights a bit more about my lifestyle as a busy physician, in addition to specific interests related to fitness, fashion, food, and travel. When I first started my blog during residency, my original goal was to create a lifestyle blog, … Continue reading

Pre-Med Flashbacks
Personal

Pre-Med Flashbacks

{Fairfield, CA} I see numerous posted pictures on social media of college students studying late at night, cramming for tests, and getting frustrated with material.  While viewing these images, I can’t help but get flashbacks of the times I was in the same position stressed and anxiety-ridden over upcoming exams.  Over the course of my … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Healing
Psychiatry

Valentine’s Day Healing

{Malibu, CA} Oh, the chatter of couples reserving a spot at their favorite romantic restaurants, enamored significant others shopping for the ideal gift, beloved partners plotting the perfect engagement proposal, top hotel ballrooms fully booked for weddings…all Valentine’s Day festivities sound so dreamy, however the majority of the nation’s singles probably want to vomit. Since I’ve been writing about grief … Continue reading

Sticking To It
Personal / therapy

Sticking To It

{midweek hike in Malibu Creek State Park} My “Monday Motivation” consists of posting my continued efforts to maintain my New Year’s goals for 2015.  I truly appreciate all of you because you’re part of my support system — you’re helping me hold myself accountable to stick with these goals!  I can’t emphasize enough how important self-care is … Continue reading

Restful Week
therapy

Restful Week

Have you ever felt guilty about having an unproductive week?  That’s how I initially felt regarding this week, but in retrospect, I believe it was necessary to take it easy. To be easier on myself (which is difficult for a self-critical person like me), I had to keep in mind two of my goals for … Continue reading

Fresh Start
Personal

Fresh Start

{Napa, California} I’m excited about the new year, but must admit that I’m in a strange transition phase where my professional identity and personal identity are at odds with one another.  Most of my life has been devoted to my education and in many ways I believe those years halted my personal development.  When most of my … Continue reading

Mind Over Meds
Psychiatry / therapy

Mind Over Meds

{Claremont, California} Some of you may have noticed that although I am a psychiatrist, I rarely comment nor write about my thoughts on psychiatric medications in my blog.  I did write a post as a resident physician-in-training in 2010 titled Pill Pusher, which briefly describes my general approach to simplify, minimize, and streamline medication regimens to … Continue reading

Happy, Crappy Holidays!
Psychiatry

Happy, Crappy Holidays!

{Photo with my sister in Fairfield, CA} While skimming research articles for scholarly information to include in a blog post on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), I put the information aside for a bit in order to write about my own observations and experience dealing with seasonal mood changes. Long story short…basically, A LOT of people get depressed … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Weekend
therapy

Thanksgiving Weekend

{Fairfield, CA} For Thanksgiving weekend, I could say I’m thankful for my family, job, friends, etc, though I’m thankful for these things every single day.  This weekend, I’m especially thankful for the breakthroughs and insights I’ve had through therapy and life experiences I encountered this year, which have made me become more self-aware, mindful of … Continue reading

Fight the Blues
therapy

Fight the Blues

{Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe} I’ve written about the subject of laziness several times in my blog (here, here, and here), and this week has been exceptionally rough to get through.  I attribute my dysphoria to a combination of factors: mental exhaustion (struggling with recent loss that I wrote about here, weekly sessions with my therapist … Continue reading

Loss Hurts
Psychiatry

Loss Hurts

{Serra Cross Park, Ventura, CA} Every bit of me is fighting not to lay on the couch and immerse myself in reality tv to distract from experiencing the emotional distress of a recent loss. Doctors grieve the loss of patients.  I have grieved.  Unfortunately, the grief process is all too familiar in my line of … Continue reading

Go Green!
Psychiatry

Go Green!

I spent this Sunday partaking in what practically 50% of Americans are fans of: watching pro football.  I looked in awe at the stylishly bright, slick, and sporty pink athletic gear that each team member wore in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I wished that Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5-11, 2014) received just as … Continue reading

Thankful Thursdays
therapy

Thankful Thursdays

My aunt’s guide dog, Walnut Meet Walnut, a wise, reactive, and protective guide dog by day; warm, playful, and attention-craving yellow lab by night.  For Thankful Thursdays I’m proud to list Walnut, for I am thankful for the service and unconditional love she has provided my aunt since 2004.  Walnut retires this month from her … Continue reading