Inpatient psychiatry is a really interesting place to start rotations. The patients have to be physically stable to be placed on the psych floor, so I haven't had to perform a physical exam. The psych version of a physical exam is called a mental status exam, which assesses a patient's cognition, thought process, insight, etc. The diagnoses we've seen include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and drug-induced psychosis. We just . . .
Med school can be stressful, but I don't want to pretend like I'm any more stressed than other people. I may have different stressors, but everyone has their own worries and anxieties no matter where they are in life. As I've mentioned before, my school is especially focused on student wellness and trying to ease some of the anxiety and depression that medical students are prone to. That can only go so far, though, and so there is still a huge responsibility on students to actively manage . . .
Who here has a Facebook feed bombarded with Rodan & Fields, Beach Body, KEEP Collective or some other product being sold. **raises hand** They are all the rage these days!! I love seeing people so passionate about what they do and wanting others to share that same passion, but let's be honest...it can get to be a little much. Rodan & Fields One that has always tempted me, though, is Rodan & Fields. The before and afters I see are amazing!! Plus it was created by two . . .
Today over lunch our AMWA chapter (American Medical Women's Association) hosted a Q&A panel with five female physicians. It was an informal session so that we students in the audience could ask whatever was on our minds related to being a woman in medicine. The women were from varying backgrounds and specialties and ranged from their thirties into their sixties, so they provided many useful perspectives. I wish I had been a longer session because I had many more questions I could have asked, . . .
One of the most common concerns in the emails I get is about eating "junk food" during recovery. People tell me, "But that food isn't good for me!" You SHOULD eat junk food in recovery! People are very concerned with their health, to a sometimes orthorexic extent, and want to feed their body with nutrient rich foods. I get that. I lived that. There is SO much health information out there now about kale-this and super food-that, that it seems that the ONLY purpose of eating is to . . .
**Please note: this post was originally written on August 27, 2013. I've alluded in previous recovery posts to some hormonal issues I've been dealing with lately, but never specifically addressed them. I decided not to share my story until I had good news to share, and I'm thrilled to say that I now do. I got my period back naturally after my anorexia when I was 20, at a BMI of around 18. I went on birth control right after that, and stayed on some form of birth control . . .