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

Love Thyself
Personal / therapy

Love Thyself

{Sonoma, California} Sure, when I first heard Hailee Steinfeld’s single, “Love Myself,” on the radio, I initially became excited that such a popular song celebrated a love for one’s self.  And even after dissecting the song’s lyrics (to discover the actual allusion to masturbation), I still remained inspired to write a post that paid homage to myself, particularly because I … 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

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

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

Sticking To It
Personal / therapy

Sticking To It

{midweek hike in Malibu Creek State Park} My “Monday Motivation” consists of posting my continued efforts to maintain my New Year’s goals for 2015.  I truly appreciate all of you because you’re part of my support system — you’re helping me hold myself accountable to stick with these goals!  I can’t emphasize enough how important self-care is … Continue reading

Restful Week
therapy

Restful Week

Have you ever felt guilty about having an unproductive week?  That’s how I initially felt regarding this week, but in retrospect, I believe it was necessary to take it easy. To be easier on myself (which is difficult for a self-critical person like me), I had to keep in mind two of my goals for … Continue reading

Mind Over Meds
Psychiatry / therapy

Mind Over Meds

{Claremont, California} Some of you may have noticed that although I am a psychiatrist, I rarely comment nor write about my thoughts on psychiatric medications in my blog.  I did write a post as a resident physician-in-training in 2010 titled Pill Pusher, which briefly describes my general approach to simplify, minimize, and streamline medication regimens to … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Weekend
therapy

Thanksgiving Weekend

{Fairfield, CA} For Thanksgiving weekend, I could say I’m thankful for my family, job, friends, etc, though I’m thankful for these things every single day.  This weekend, I’m especially thankful for the breakthroughs and insights I’ve had through therapy and life experiences I encountered this year, which have made me become more self-aware, mindful of … Continue reading

Fight the Blues
therapy

Fight the Blues

{Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe} I’ve written about the subject of laziness several times in my blog (here, here, and here), and this week has been exceptionally rough to get through.  I attribute my dysphoria to a combination of factors: mental exhaustion (struggling with recent loss that I wrote about here, weekly sessions with my therapist … 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