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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

Are you ready?
Psychiatry / therapy

Are you ready?

The Great Sand Dune, Point Mugu I may prescribe psychiatric medications, but the one treatment I advocate for the most is psychotherapy. Psychotherapy = general term for talk therapy, counseling; meeting with a mental health clinician for support, insight, and development of coping skills for life challenges. Patients often ask me whether or not I … Continue reading

Thankful Thursdays
therapy

Thankful Thursdays

Malibu Beach People who meet me tend to perceive me as a positive person, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t always that way.  I was quite the complainer growing up and blamed others if things didn’t go my way.  My negativity improved through maturation over time, but my four years of psychiatric residency training certainly helped … Continue reading

Stay or Leave?
Psychiatry / therapy

Stay or Leave?

Office Balcony Sunset I recently made a difficult decision regarding my job, which triggered feelings of uncertainty, fear, and self-doubt.  In the process of contemplating my decision, I recalled one of my patients, a college student who struggled with depression.  Despite going to a prestigious university, his overwhelming fear of not getting accepted into law school further … Continue reading

Delayed Journey
Psychiatry / therapy / Travel

Delayed Journey

Sedona, AZ Confusion about my career path, difficulties prioritizing, and a busy schedule are the only excuses I have for going eight whole months without writing a blog post.  If you asked me one year ago to describe how I envisioned my life would be post-residency, I would have said “happy,” “free,” “liberated,” “fun.”  However, a few months after buying my … Continue reading

Know Your Limit
Psychiatry

Know Your Limit

  Came home from work late today…again. I’m passionate about my job as a psychiatrist and spent about two hours with each patient that I was called to consult on the medical floor this weekend.  Lunch and dinner were an afterthought.  I felt the hunger pangs, but pushed on because the appreciation received from each patient for … Continue reading

Popular Party-Pooper
Psychiatry

Popular Party-Pooper

{Port Hueneme Pier} Introvert = energized by activities alone Extrovert = energized by activities around people Introvert tends to negatively associate with being a “loner” or “party pooper” and conversely, one may assume that an extrovert is “the life of the party.”  Growing up in southern CA, I felt pressure to be an extrovert because who really wants to be viewed … Continue reading

New Beginnings
Psychiatry / therapy

New Beginnings

Taking in the scenery from my balcony on my last day in Oregon I’m currently sitting on my couch wearing gym attire contemplating whether or not to head to the gym.  Five minutes into a repeat episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” I convince myself of an alternate plan to work out at 5am tomorrow before going to clinic (I confess that this is … Continue reading