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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
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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’ve 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

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

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