“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 [...]

What Is Drug Addiction?

What Is Drug Addiction?

What is addiction?

The Inner Workings

You have heard it a 100 times, is addiction a real disease? Medically speaking it is. But I am not in the business of trying to decipher whether it’s an actual disease or a moral failing or to try to convince you one way or the other.

Your hearing it on the news, you’re seeing it at your local super market, you may even have a family member suffering. But what is it? No, it’s not the physical addiction, which is what is always described as drug addiction. When you see me at a stoplight, you look over and I’m jamming to my favorite music, I come across pretty normal. If you saw me at your local super market buying groceries, you wouldn’t give me a second look. The furthest thing from your mind would be that I have faded scars in the crevice of my arms from shooting dope…

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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 [...]

When ‘Happy Pills’ Don’t Work

When ‘Happy Pills’ Don’t Work

    Antidepressants are not for everyone. In fact, select individuals can get WORSE while on antidepressants.     Factors that predict a bad response include: Lack of a mood stabilizer (dangerous for bipolar patients) Bipolar I vs. II- the further you are toward the manic side of the spectrum, the worse the reactions tend [...]