Thesis

Training as a clinical psychologist, I found myself holding two different and at times what felt like incompatible identities. I needed to become a psychologist, someone qualified to help and able to do so. But at the same time, I was a service user, with a  diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I already knew I wanted …

Running out of time

Throughout my medical training, the worst mental health experience I had at the hospital is something that I associate with a clock.  I was on duty at night, doing a nightshift with a senior doctor. It was in the intensive care unit.  The night was rather calm, but then, at around 11 pm, a nurse …

Prayers and self-reflection

Medical students definitely experience serious mental health tolls during their time in medical school due to heavy workloads and tough timelines. This toll is especially significant for medical students moving across countries and living far away from their homes and in hostels. One medical student I know experienced depression in his first year due to …

Post-it Notes

What do you think of when you see post-it notes? Hastily scribbled reminders, surely, to buy milk!!! and remember meeting at 2!! Scrunch, toss, and into the bin they go after serving their purpose. What else? Perhaps a list of facts to memorize in a student’s careful script, pressed between the pages of a textbook …

Chocolate Biscuits

Whenever we stop to think about how we got to where we are, it’s tempting to romantically recall a journey crafted by intelligent design. In reality, everyone’s story is littered with happenstances that nudged them towards where they are now. Based on your spiritual convictions, you will either perceive such events as fate, chance, or …