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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…

Group Therapy Sessions

Over the past week, I've sat in on several group therapy sessions for those coping with depression, treatment-resistant mental illnesses, and bipolar disorder. Going in, I was expecting run-of-the-mill conversations - "Hello, my name is…

First Day of Psychiatry

For the next two months, I'll be hearing the most intimate details of my patients' lives. I will come across those who have lost their grip on reality, those in a situation so dire that they prefer death over life, those who are dependent…

Beginning of Psychiatry

Beginning Monday, I'll be working in the Comprehensive Mental Health Program at the VA Hospital as part of my psychiatry rotation's first month. Guess it makes sense - I ended my internal medicine (IM) rotation at the VA, and now I'll be…

My Brain MRI

As part of a Baylor Med neuroscience study assessing the relationship between empathy and memory, I got paid $35 to answer some questions and receive a brain MRI this afternoon. I exported the sequence of images (192 in total) as a video.

Week 2 of ENT Research

I've wrapped up my second week of research at the neurosensory center, and I'm still loving it! In spite of repeating the exact same experiment every day, the two ENT residents I'm working with make it incredibly enjoyable. Plus, no two…