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Finished With Psychiatry

The consult/liason psychiatry service at Ben Taub was pretty busy through June, but I worked well with my three incredibly awesome teammates to get the job done. :-) The oral exam last Thursday was a friendly reminder of how short a 30…

The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Illness

Tomorrow afternoon, the last 20% of my psychiatry rotation's grade will be determined based on my ability to watch a 30 minute videotaped patient encounter, prepare a presentation, and then orally deliver the case with an accurate…

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…

Stated Age

Part of the psychiatric mental status exam (MSE) involves commenting on a patient's physical appearance. Does the schizophrenic patient appear disheveled? Does the depressed patient still maintain his hygiene? While these are subjective…

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…