Saturday, January 21, 2006

Okay all the time

Dr. Maria observes:
"I don’t know when or how it happens—or, more bluntly, right now I don’t want to think about when or how it happens—but somewhere along the timeline, we learned that we’re supposed to be okay all the time. I don’t even know what that means, but I know I play along with that game. And this is how we’ve all gotten so good at looking so much better than we feel. This goes across all the disciplines. I don’t think we deny our emotions, but we cannot always experience them the moment they arise due to other pressing concerns that involve the patient."
In the comments, Sera says:
It’s not just physicians that are required to be “ok” all the time...Our society requires that everyone be “ok." This is one reason for the stigma mental illness carries...


Anonymous Maria said...

Thanks for the link, Shrinkette--

--and have you got any advice for us naive psychiatry residents who don't want to succumb to affective dysregulation? ;)

4:17 PM  
Blogger Fallen Angels said...

Hey wow...does this make me famous now...or is it infamous? :| Quickly setting alarm clock so I'm sure I know when my 15 minutes are up.

On the serious side, I'm thinking on a blog post about Sociology and mental illness. To be posted shortly after I have more than 10 minutes to quickly read and comment on things while my mother is in another room. :(


9:04 PM  
Blogger BotanicalGirl said...

I saw this on Maria's site, but missed Sera's comment. One of my main issues when I was seeing my therapist was dropping my mask while I was with her, with someone I trusted, and I had a very hide time. Our entire society definitely conditions us to always appear 'ok' to the outside world. In my case I know it stunts my abilities to open up to the people I know well.

6:35 PM  
Blogger shrinkette said...

Hi, everyone. Thank you for the comments! Dr. Maria: what, you want to regulate your affect during residency?! I guess you already know the answer: find good mentors, take excellent care of yourself, and expect that your affect won't always be...regulated. We all learn a lot by paying attention to our moods, don't we?

8:37 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

Oh dear. Physicians can't have bad days? I just hope they take a mental health day as they need it. I want them feeling all right when they treat me! And if they are having a bad day, it's OK to tell me. I care about my doctors as people. Having knowledge doesn't mean you have to give up being human.

9:03 AM  

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