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How A Determined Schizophrenic Woman From NYC Is Breaking Stigma About Mental Illness
Fashion / Psychiatry

How A Determined Schizophrenic Woman From NYC Is Breaking Stigma About Mental Illness

{Schizophrenic.NYC buttons, bracelets, stickers} In just a little over a year since I last interviewed Michelle Hammer (founder of Schizophrenic.NYC, a clothing line aimed at promoting mental health awareness), her company and mission have gained an exponential amount of support from the media and community. ¬†Since hundreds of thousands of people with schizophrenia are living … Continue reading

Why Minority Mental Health Is Important
Psychiatry

Why Minority Mental Health Is Important

As a psychiatrist who is also in therapy, I remember feeling misunderstood when it came to my culture as a filipino-american, but meant a lot to me to have my therapist express¬†a genuine interest in understanding my culture and asking me for details regarding my experience. ¬†Oftentimes I believe clinicians don’t prioritize someone’s identity (ethnicity, … Continue reading

What My Former Boss Told Me About My Wardrobe
Fashion / Personal

What My Former Boss Told Me About My Wardrobe

{Westlake Village, California} Though my social media name has the word “fashion,” my fashion sense during the initial stages of my professional¬†career¬†most definitely did not reflect any sense of the word. ¬†During college, I apparently believed that it was appropriate to wear flip flops, cut off jeans, and a hooded sweatshirt as both a research … Continue reading

How Mental Illness Became a Light Instead of Darkness
Featured Guest Blogger

How Mental Illness Became a Light Instead of Darkness

Although yesterday marked the end of this year’s Mental Health Month, the discussion¬†and efforts to¬†raise awareness¬†in order to break the stigma must remain a daily conversation. ¬†So, I’m keeping the momentum going by featuring Brandon Ha, an amazing friend¬†who also happens to be a kick ass mental health advocate and the creative director behind Break … Continue reading

Questions I Bet Your Psychiatrist Never Asked You
Series

Questions I Bet Your Psychiatrist Never Asked You

Why I created this series: Every psychiatrist has their own style, but¬†I‚Äôve always been interested in asking patients more open-ended¬†questions¬†if I think it will provide me with a greater understanding of who they are as unique individuals. ¬†Unfortunately, I believe that the art of psychiatry has¬†dwindled down to a checklist which subsequently churns out a … Continue reading

How An Advocate With Bipolar Disorder Gained Strength From The Online Community
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How An Advocate With Bipolar Disorder Gained Strength From The Online Community

When I first became active¬†on social media, I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of mental health advocates who were so open about sharing¬†their stories of living with mental illness to the public. ¬†Rudy Caseres was one of the first advocates I connected with. ¬†What impressed me the most about Rudy was his willingness … Continue reading

Why I Chose Psychiatry As My Specialty
Medicine / Psychiatry

Why I Chose Psychiatry As My Specialty

{Rancho Cucamonga, California} I am often asked why¬†I chose psychiatry as my specialty, yet as one of my readers pointed out, I’ve never described my reasoning in a blogpost! ¬†So here¬†goes my short story of¬†why I chose the path¬†to become a psychiatrist… The time to solidify your choice in medical specialty and apply for residency … Continue reading

Questions I Bet Your Psychiatrist Never Asked You
Series

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

6 Things To Say (And Not Say) To Someone Who Is Grieving
Psychiatry

6 Things To Say (And Not Say) To Someone Who Is Grieving

{Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii} I always struggle with grief this time of year. ¬†Among other stressors, this month also¬†marks the 14th year¬†death anniversary of my grandfather, whom I was extremely close to. ¬†You’d think that after¬†fourteen¬†years, the grief wouldn’t hit me so hard, yet it still does. ¬†Grief is one of the most difficult … Continue reading

Questions I Bet Your Psychiatrist Never Asked You
Series

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