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

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

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

Steps I Take To Be A Stigma Free Psychiatrist
Psychiatry

Steps I Take To Be A Stigma Free Psychiatrist

It’s a busy week for raising mental health awareness.  Today is World Mental Health Day (October 10th), which is a day observed for discussing issues, garnering support, and mobilizing efforts to improve the treatment and public attitudes towards people living with mental illness worldwide (this year’s theme is “Dignity In Mental Health”).  Today is also the final day of Mental … Continue reading

The Crucial Transition From Work to Home
Psychiatry / therapy

The Crucial Transition From Work to Home

{Beverly Hills, California} One of my patients told me that the most frustrating part of his day occurs the moment he arrives home from work when his family accuses him of being isolative and uninterested (due to his first activity upon arrival consisting of sitting in his parked car in the driveway and/or watering the lawn instead of immediately engaging in family … Continue reading

Termination Point
Psychiatry / therapy

Termination Point

Saying “goodbye” can stir a variety of emotions including sadness, anger, and relief. The whole experience can feel quite uncomfortable, so is it better to say “goodbye” or to say nothing at all?  Clearly, the more thoughtful and courteous action would be to leave with at least some type of acknowledgement (a wave, a handshake, the verbalization of “goodbye,” … Continue reading

Schizophrenic Connection
Fashion / Psychiatry

Schizophrenic Connection

{Schizophrenic.NYC tank top} As a psychiatrist, I treat nearly all mental health diagnoses, but among the patients that have been most memorable and have broken the most stereotypes in my mind are those diagnosed with schizophrenia.  As an intern and resident physician, I allotted more time to talk with my patients with schizophrenia because they were generally the ones who spoke the least and … Continue reading

Summertime Sadness
Psychiatry

Summertime Sadness

{Santa Monica, California} I’ve been intermittently unmotivated lately and am trying to analyze the reason why.  Then I realize how hot, humid, and sweaty I feel as I scroll Facebook and view photos of my friends’ fabulous summer vacation trips as I sit at my desk all by my lonesome.  Perhaps my current mood is triggered by … Continue reading

Overcoming Social Anxiety
Psychiatry

Overcoming Social Anxiety

{Claremont, California} To continue my series on conquering our fears (see Part 1 here), Part 2 consists of one of the more common phobias: Social Phobia.  I struggled with social anxiety since childhood (as I discussed in a previous post) and often felt uncomfortable in any situation that involved interacting with people. It wasn’t until six years … Continue reading

Conquer Your Fears (Part 1)
Psychiatry

Conquer Your Fears (Part 1)

{Lake Tahoe, California} At the request of one of my awesome readers, I am writing a post on conquering our fears.  Being an ENFP personality type (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving), I interpreted this in a more global, existential sense: getting over the fears and barriers that may interfere with moving forward in life and/or discovering one’s … Continue reading

Open Doors
Personal / Psychiatry

Open Doors

Up until a few years ago when I graduated from residency, life appeared to have a linear, predictable path: obtain high school diploma, finish undergraduate degree, get accepted into medical school, graduate from residency, secure a well-paid job as a psychiatrist. Yet, throughout the entire process, I encountered several challenging experiences trying to adjust to each new phase.  When … Continue reading

Out of Isolation
Medicine / Psychiatry

Out of Isolation

{Calistoga, California} I noticed that my latest posts convey far less emotion than usual.  My reserve for tolerating stress had reached maximum capacity, which I realized upon my first day back at work from vacation three weeks ago as exhaustion immediately erased any sense of relaxation from my trip.  Perhaps I should have requested two weeks off instead of … Continue reading