Book Review: Unravel

Edit: I’ve been informed that the psychiatry portrayed in this book actually is a good representation of the way it is practiced in North America… which leaves me a little stumped… But means that some of my criticism below is ungrounded. Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine. One month ago,Continue reading “Book Review: Unravel”

Mitchells Plain Diaries

This is a recipe for a Township on the Cape Flats: 1. Take one medium-sized residential zone. 2. Pre-heat to levels of Rage and Discontent, using a Past like Apartheid. 3. Grease the pan with a good measure of Hope by Changing Living Standards. If this is unavailable, Promising Change is a good substitute. 4. CombineContinue reading “Mitchells Plain Diaries”

Books as a Mirror for Attitudes toward Mental Health

For Mental Health Awareness Month I wanted to make a list of books about mental health. I was done with a rough draft when I realised I didn’t like it: I hadn’t read that many YA about mental health and some pretty voracious readers are sure to post some fantastic lists. What I do wantContinue reading “Books as a Mirror for Attitudes toward Mental Health”

How to do a Mental State Evaluation

I’ve been rotating through psychiatry, and it’s both more challenging and more fun than last year. One thing I’m happy about is that I already know how to perform a Mental State Evaluation (MSE). I remember it was really daunting to learn, and I’m also hearing from my friends in the year below me thatContinue reading “How to do a Mental State Evaluation”

Healthcare for LGBT Patients in South Africa

In our third year, a friend of mine had an upsetting first shift in Trauma Surgery: the first suturing she ever did was on a young woman who had just survived corrective rape. Rape is common in our country in general, and so is the “corrective” rape of gender non-conforming women. A year later, weContinue reading “Healthcare for LGBT Patients in South Africa”

I said, eliminate the stigma..!

Studying for tests on Friday which will hopefully mean the end of Middle Clinical Rotations and herald the beginning of my Late Clinical Rotations, i.e. the final 17 months of medical school. One of the tests is psychiatry.  I saw these two secrets on PostSecret that tugged at my heartstrings (metaphorically).

Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness

It has been a long and difficult week in Psychiatry. This week, we’ve been exposed to a large mental hospital campus, where I found working with intellectually disabled children and therapy groups especially insightful – and emotionally taxing. Here is a short TedTalk by one of the psychiatrists working there. It is pretty self-explanatory, butContinue reading “Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness”

5 Things You May Not Know About Psychiatry*

Maybe you’re well-read, and Sylvia Plath and Ken Kesey are your homies. And you watched Prozac Nation and Black Swan and A Beautiful Mind and you didn’t laugh at the protagonists or roll your eyes at their “crazy”. So even if you haven’t rotated through Psych – or maybe you’re not even remotely in theContinue reading “5 Things You May Not Know About Psychiatry*”