This last month President Obama stated that we Americans need to get over the stigma of mental illness. Since then, there has been a shooting here in Santa Monica, right down the street from my office at Santa Monica College. As a psychiatrist, I’m with the Pres on this. Life is hard but it shouldn’t … Read more
I am sad thinking about the Colorado shootings. Victims and survivors. It makes me think about my college days. I can’t imagine dying in my 20’s. When I was in school, the only time I really went out was to see a movie. I couldn’t afford much else. When I was in med school, 2 … Read more
Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” was my banner song during the last year of my psychiatric residency training. She gave me a sound track that became part of my identity. Watching the Grammy Awards Night was tremendously painful; we lost an American Treasure…a Black American Treasure. As a Black American myself, we should learn and … Read more
Yesterday one of my patients told me she was much better withher new medication. “I have a serotonin smile.” One of the reasons I went into psychiatry is because it can beso funny! Everyday I laugh at something. I’ll try to share theseas I go along.
Recently one of my last patients of the day told me “I feel so much better.” I was writing, not directly looking at her and I said “What did you think, you weren’t?” When I looked up at her, there were tears in her eyes. “Honestly,” she said, “I thought that I was crazy, you … Read more