First Day of School Picture... Dont we look so cute!!
1st Rotation: Psychiatry at NLR VA. I'll be honest. I was really nervous about starting Psych. I didnt know what to expect. Would people be talking to figments of their imagination?? Would they be violent?? Would there be padded walls and straight jackets???
This is the picture of the student office where we saw patients. Looks legit, right?!
But.. See the red button? That's the panic button! So when I asked, "Will I need to use the panic button?" The physician responds, "oh no, that's just incase. We've never had a med student get hurt here, but I've only been here for 2 years!" Ok, Now I'm panicking!
I was very nervous. But, it really wasnt that bad. I did see schizophrenia and psychosis and bipolar and all sorts of things. But I learned that sometimes the one's with serious mental illness are more afraid of you then you are of them. I mean if you heard a voice telling you that you were going to die or go to hell everyday, wouldn't you be scared?? So I think my eyes were really opened and I realized that Mental Illness isnt scary. and these patients suffer from other medical problems that often get overlooked due to their mental illness, such as pain or insomnia, or infections. I learned that psychiatrists really are special people and have a heart to speak for those who often cant speak for themselves.
I also really enjoyed Psych because it was a nice intro into 3rd year. The days were really light. I usually got done around 2 or 3pm. I was able to get all of my reading done! It was nice. Now onto OB/GYN. Long days! But, you know I love it! More updates to come!