mental health

Fighting Moral Decay in Residency

Residency – especially intern year – can be compared to the trenches of war. You are enlisted for a period of time, while you dutifully carry out the orders of superiors, and fight the enemy (disease) while you tend to the already wounded and dying. It removes you from your normal life and can send you into unknown territory, consuming the vast majority of waking hours (sometimes as high as 100-120 hours per week, which is the rarely discussed loophole within the rule of “[no more than] 80 hours per week averaged over a 4-week period”). It can be doubly isolating because the only people who really understand your experience are your compatriots – the co-interns and co-residents fighting in the trenches alongside you. Further, doctors in training, like our veterans, suffer from psychiatric illness and substance abuse issues, but this doesn’t garner much attention unless there is a string of suicides or high-profile articles on the subject. (Time Magazine also ran a story about it in September 2015.) (more…)

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Things I’m Reading: Mental Health Edition

Here’s a quick run-down of some of the things I have been reading lately:

  • Buzzfeed.com: What is the real toll of war on our veterans? A beautiful photo series highlighting what it’s like to live with PTSD. For another take on living with and living through a traumatic experience, see my recent post about the broken and yet unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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Resolution: Make Trans* Health A Priority

Do you want to know more about transgender health issues and be better prepared to take care of transgender individuals? Read on.

Source: https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/transgender-cover.jpg?quality=65&strip=color&w=814

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The Kimmy Isn’t All Right

“Life beats you up. You can either curl up in a ball and die, or you can stand up and say: ‘We’re different, and you can’t break us!’”

Unbreakable-Kimmy-Schmidt-review

Read on to learn about the next big show you should be watching. (more…)

I can’t let my patients see

I almost broke down in the theater tonight.
I fought back tears as the main character tried to navigate a confusing, capricious world.
I fought back tears when his parents argued about how best to care for him.
I fought back tears as he bravely sought answers to tough questions.
I almost broke down in the theater tonight.

I started an elective in Palliative Care last week.
I remained supportive but stoic as my patients tried to navigate a confusing, capricious existence.
I remained supportive but stoic when their families worried how to best care for their loved ones.
I remained supportive but stoic as they bravely sought answers to tough questions.
I started an elective in Palliative Care last week.

I almost broke down in the theater tonight.
I can’t let my patients see.

It’s the only model I have learned.
This is how a doctor behaves.

Right?

Holistic Prevention for Alzheimer’s: The Time is Now

Source: Care Point Acive

A newly released study demonstrates that approximately one third of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide are attributable to seven modifiable risk factors: depression, physical inactivity, diabetes, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, smoking, and low educational attainment. The largest proportion of cases was attributed to physical inactivity, which affects more than half of all Americans. Depression, which affects approximately 14.8 million Americans, accounted for approximately one in ten cases of Alzheimer’s disease globally.

These findings highlight the urgent need for more investment in prevention – and specifically in a holistic approach to health promotion, which includes mental health. (more…)