On the day before the last day at my last job, I reviewed my patient roster. Five of my seven most worrisome teenagers were currently admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a suicide attempt. This was not completely surprising. It is the fall. Teenagers notoriously struggle two to three months after starting school, getting into academic work, falling prey to bullying and stress, or not meeting their goals. But I …
Post Author: Shivana Naidoo, MD
Shivana Naidoo is a child psychiatrist.
Out of all the fields of medical practice, the field of psychiatry is the most unlikely place to be wearing a mask. My fellow physicians in hospitals, operating rooms and clinics typically had masks ready to utilize for several procedures long before COVID emerged.
In mental health care, especially as a child psychiatrist, masks are a significant hindrance in clinical care.
How could the family that uses American Sign Language read my …
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
This childhood rhyme aims to teach children to be resilient, that not all words have to hold power. As psychiatrists, we know this is a lofty goal. So much damage and hurt can come from a simple word. Here is an example of how the word “behavioral” has hurt me.
I work at a large statewide nonprofit organization as …
Subscribe to KevinMD and never miss a story!
Get free updates delivered free to your inbox.