“I Solemnly Pledge…”

“I Solemnly Pledge…”

"I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard..."

3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

3 Assumptions Mental Health Providers Should NOT Make

From my experience and what I've heard, providers make assumptions too frequently which end up being false and getting in the way of proper treatment. What are some of these assumptions? I've listed 3, but there are certainly many more!     One: All patients with a condition LOOK a certain way.   Last summer, [...]

“Brain on Fire” Film: A Look into the Fight for One’s Health

“Brain on Fire” Film: A Look into the Fight for One’s Health

  "Brain on Fire" is a film based on Susannah Cahalan's memoir "Brain on Fire."   *SPOILERS* This movie is worth watching. Please watch it or read the book before reading this post!   Issues the movie highlights: Patient issues not being taken seriously: For a significant portion of the movie, the doctors simply thought [...]

Preparing for Your First Visit

Preparing for Your First Visit

  Before your initial discussion with a provider, it may be helpful to gather key information. Gathering information can save valuable time.     Essential for the first visit: Current medications List ALL meds, including nonpsychiatric, over-the-counter, birth control and supplements Include tablet size (mg) and number if its psychiatric Past psychiatric treatments List of [...]

Psych Ward Facts: Mulan Style

Psych Ward Facts: Mulan Style

  Hospital showers can be freezing. FREEZING.   Nurses may flood your room with light every 15 minutes... as you attempt to sleep... then act frustrated/confused the next morning over your lack of sleep... sigh...   Sometimes, you want a BREAK from people. Just a little break... but you are CONFINED TO THE PSYCHIATRIC FLOOR. [...]