Retina Burn [Trigger Warning]

I saw a woman jumping to her death. She is a regular at medical emergency for suicide attempts or parasuicide (nobody seems to know). She always manages to run away before she is taken to the Psychiatry ward. Did you know that women are less often successful at suicide attempts than men? It is because theyContinue reading “Retina Burn [Trigger Warning]”

Weekly Whine: “Health” Frenzy

Sometimes, I like finding like-minded blogs. Blogs that may teach me something new about my field. I  like health, and I don’t think health is just about the sciences. But I am not in support of this world-wide frenzy to be “healthy” to such an extent that people are pushed towards eating disorders. Exercise is GOOD. LeadingContinue reading “Weekly Whine: “Health” Frenzy”

Meet the Phantom (not of the Opera)

You do not need to be a medical or nursing student to have heard the term “phantom pregnancy”. Pseudocyesis is pretty much when a woman’s body believes she is pregnant. Only, she’s not. Her abdomen will distend. Some will even claim to feel the baby kicking. And here’s the kicker (sorry, couldn’t resist)… true phantomsContinue reading “Meet the Phantom (not of the Opera)”

First Psych Consult

At a recent community volunteer clinic, I had my first proper psych patient. I have dealt before with suicide attempts, but those were unconscious patients in casualty and thus did not present the opportunity for a consultation. This patient came for help herself – something I though was a good sign. Her affect was bluntedContinue reading “First Psych Consult”

Book Review: The Brain That Changes Itself

Since my recent discovery of the myriad of book blogs, Goodreads and the ability to read while maintaining my schedule has led to me rather bravely attempting a bookish challenge, I have decided to blog about those books. For the category of Science and Natural History I read The Brain that Changes itself by Norman Doidge.Continue reading “Book Review: The Brain That Changes Itself”

Book Review: A Life in Pieces

This past year, one of my modules was Psychiatry. Matters of psychiatry have the potential to scare me, having heard of patients who tried to harm my fellow students. My clinical psychiatry rotation will take place in my fifth year, and I am trying to build my knowledge and my confidence sufficiently so as toContinue reading “Book Review: A Life in Pieces”

The Aftermath of Clinicals

For four weeks, my friends and I woke up at unearthly hours and worked, scutmonkeys, throughout the day – and often the nights. In obstetrics we had 24-hour-calls. We learnt soon just how unglamorous birth could be. We dealt with patients who came in drunk or hungover, patients who expected their baby to simply popContinue reading “The Aftermath of Clinicals”