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Thoughts about transitioning from the basic to clinical sciences in my second year of medical school

Last Day of Psych at the VA

At 4:45pm on Friday afternoon, I left the VA after four works of working in the outpatient psych clinic. I was privileged to have an extremely insightful and approachable attending who motivated me to grasp the basics of psychiatric…

Insomnia and Sleep Hygiene

Sleep changes go hand in hand with common psychiatric conditions like depression and mania, but before jumping to drugs to help you catch some Z's, psychiatrists try to understand an individual's "sleep hygiene" - the personal habits and…

Depressive Disorders

Depression is the most common psych condition I've come across during my time at the Veterans Affairs hospital. It permeates all age groups and has etiologies ranging from the loss of a family member to uncertainty about the future; in…

Lessons from a Psych Patient

Today I had the esteemed privilege of interviewing a veteran in the psych clinic. I also had the rare experience of witnessing this prototypic American warrior -- an individual trained to show no fear, experience no pain, and survive at all…

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is routinely used to treat refractory depression and catatonia, especially in the elderly where pharmacotherapy could result in undesirable side effects. Essentially, it involves jolting the brain to create a…