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Lessons of the Week
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Lessons of the Week

{Playa Del Rey, California} If you read my last post, you’ll know that my mood has been a bit off this week.  Yet, now that it’s Friday, I can reflect on the positive lessons I learned from the experience. 1.  Be cautious of making any crucial decisions when you’re feeling emotionally off.  Let’s just say that losing control of my … Continue reading

Grief In Repeat
Personal / therapy

Grief In Repeat

{Upland, California} Upon driving into my garage coming home from work this evening, I suddenly burst into tears as the garage door slowly closed behind me.  I haven’t felt like myself at all this past week.  I tried my hardest to discern the reason for my melancholic mood and pinpointed a series of events that occurred after the subject … Continue reading

Let Go
Personal / therapy

Let Go

{Ventura, California} Several of my readers know how much I struggle with self-care and criticize myself on days that I feel less productive (I wrote about the subject here, here, and here).  I’m starting to let go of the guilty, judgmental thoughts, which I’m sure are ingrained in the minds of many others like myself who’ve spent … Continue reading

Contemplating Psychiatry?
Psychiatry

Contemplating Psychiatry?

As the 3rd year of medical school approaches, medical students typically narrow down their specialties of choice, and if unsure, feel rather overwhelmed since the decision practically solidifies their field of practice for the rest of their careers (though yes, it is possible to switch specialties during training).  Did I know at birth that I wanted to … Continue reading

Residency Memories
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Residency Memories

{Voodoo Doughnut, Eugene, Oregon} I enjoy taking a stroll down memory lane every once in awhile to reminisce about the past.  While trying to find a photo for my next blog post, I came across pictures of fun times in Oregon during residency training.  In effort not to embarrass my fellow colleagues (think trashy theme party, dancing … Continue reading

Drift Away
Personal

Drift Away

{San Diego, CA} My whole week was a bit of a blur.  I sometimes wish that I could take a vacation for a few months and have no responsibilities whatsoever.  Where would I go?  I have no idea.  What would I do?  No clue.  Come to think about it, having no responsibilities for an extended period of … Continue reading

Teaching Influence
Psychiatry

Teaching Influence

{Malibu, CA} Current thought: I’m glad I turned out to be a decent psychiatrist. I remember being an eager medical student during an internal medicine rotation and asking a consulting psychiatrist the reason he diagnosed two of my elderly patients with schizophrenia.  I anxiously awaited his response (Note: I highlight the word elderly because diagnosing … Continue reading

Antidepressant Awareness
Psychiatry

Antidepressant Awareness

I have a love/hate relationship with antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).  Basically, I love them when they actually help my patients, but hate the intolerable withdrawal that may occur when taking patients off of them.  If you’ve ever contemplated abrupt discontinuation of an antidepressant, consult your doctor before stopping them altogether, … Continue reading

Finding Balance
Lifestyle / Personal

Finding Balance

{McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale, AZ} During my stay in Arizona, I was fortunate to reunite with friends from my residency training program and was especially excited to spend time with one of my closest friends from medical school.  One of the subjects we talked about most was the struggle to obtain or achieve work/life balance.  Balance and avoidance of burnout … Continue reading

Weekend Reflection
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Weekend Reflection

{Ventura Pier, CA} In order to take charge of my life after a stressful week, I made the decision to temporarily cut back on certain responsibilities.  In the past, I rarely said “no” to projects or other opportunities, however, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been extremely overwhelmed and need some time to regroup. … Continue reading

Numb
Personal / therapy

Numb

I honestly didn’t want to write a blogpost today.  The main reason being that I’m not in a peppy mood, but why should blogging only be about happy thoughts when reality is that human beings experience a full range of emotions? My current emotion = numb.  I participated in a suicide debriefing at work today, which is … Continue reading

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
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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