Change in the Weather

This year has been sobering and jarring to say the least. Where I am, the weather has gotten a lot colder, and the leaves have all turned to reflect the colors of pumpkins, apples, butternut squashes, and hearty nuts. It's sad to see less of the sun, but it's a beautiful time of the year. … Continue reading Change in the Weather

What is your Identity?

I've been pushing our residency program to talk about racism again. I know this is not on our boards, or anything that attendings would pimp us on, but I truly believe it is an important topic to discuss as psychiatrists. Examining racism forces you to look at your own past. One thing I learned through … Continue reading What is your Identity?

Injustice. Talk About It.

The gut-wrenching pain that comes with the murder of George Floyed and many, many other black people and minorities in this country leaves me speechless. But I have to put aside my own discomfort and privilege, and talk about it. There should be no tolerance for inequality, racism, police brutality, and injustice. There should also … Continue reading Injustice. Talk About It.

Anxiety and Panic during a Pandemic – Thoughts on COVID-19

Where to even start? It's been a whirlwind. The hospital has called for us to work more hours, and cancelled all our vacations indefinitely. We are not provided with enough personal protective equipment; we barely have enough hand sanitizers in the hospital. Patients are panicking, triggering their anxiety disorders. Patients with substance abuse history are … Continue reading Anxiety and Panic during a Pandemic – Thoughts on COVID-19

Burning Bridges, Among Other Things

Today was a kind of revelation. A patient was complaining about the way a social worker talked to her today. She said that the social worker made her feel "hopeless" because she had asked her shortly after admission about which homeless shelter she preferred, rather than offering potential drug and alcohol rehabilitation or a residential … Continue reading Burning Bridges, Among Other Things