Smartphone

I’ve also really suffered from the loss of relationship and connectiveness with the long covid and the pandemic. All the days of let’s-meet-for-coffees are long gone. I just don’t have the extra energy. Even when I try, I often ended up cancelling, and well, people just stop inviting you after a while.  My smartphone has …

Untouchable Connection

I migrated from India to pursue research and a clinical career in the UK, and I completed a part-time PhD over a period of 6 years. The initial stages were stressful as I pursued research alongside a full-time clinical job, and I had to fund my own degree doing extra locum clinical night shift work …

Frontline

The pandemic has naturally been very hard on both my mental and physical health as a front-line healthcare worker. When the pandemic began, we did not know much about COVID-19 and how it was transmitted. I got COVID at the very beginning of the pandemic, in March ‘20, while working. It was difficult, because we weren’t …

Is there anything we’re more afraid of?

Imagine this. You’ve been looking forward to your retirement for the last 5 or 10 years, and now you’ve been told that you have metastatic cancer. Or hearing that there’s no effective treatment for your cancer and immediately thinking of your young family. It is simply unimaginable, the devastation wreaked by this condition. And oncologists …

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 …