A Psychiatrist ’s Perspective on How to Overcome the Stigma of Mental Illness

I was a third-year medical student when I discovered my calling to become a psychiatrist. To this day, I remember the gentleman who changed the trajectory of my life.  He was a middle-aged individual who presented to the clinic due to difficulties with depression. As I entered the exam room, I remember feeling uneasy by the magnitude of his suffering. I could not see his eyes as he slumped over his chair resting his head in his hands. He spoke very slowly as he mustered the strength to answer my questions. The interview lagged with noticeable pauses in his answers. His answers were brief, but his suffering was pervasive.  As I was about the exit the interview room, I remember telling him “You have battled and defeated this illness before. I believe that you will defeat it again. We are here to help.” Then something amazing happened. I saw him break a faint smile. He had regained a flicker of hope. Witnessing the change in his facial expression was exhilarating. I felt a deep human connection between us. I knew I had finally found my calling.  I remember being so convinced that I had to share the news. I decided to call a close family member that same day. They had played a pivotal role in my upbringing. My inner child was coming out as I was seeking the sound of validation in their voice.  Their response was quite unexpected. It left me feeling hollow and dismissed. In their words “I think you should become a cardiologist. You will make m...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Inspiration & Hope Personal Policy and Advocacy Psychiatry Stigma discrimination Mental Illness Stigmatization Source Type: blogs

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