By Kara Frame, MD I don’t remember the exact lecture or rotation, but somewhere along the course of my medical school education, I was taught this powerful lesson: a person is capable of changing how she thinks. Of course, people have natural tendencies- leaning more positive or tending toward a more pessimistic outlook- but to … More Choosing Gratitude
By Kyle Jones, MD This was originally published on the American Academy of Family Physician’s Fresh Perspectives Blog As both a physician and someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I have been alarmed by what appears to be a dramatic rise in mental illness in our country. With this in mind, I was extremely saddened … More How Can Family Physicians Turn Back the Rising Suicide Rate?
By Katie Fortenberry, Ph.D “I don’t need meds,” the young psychology major told me confidently. “Or therapy really. Maybe I’ll just touch base with you every once in a while. I should be able to handle this on my own.” The young woman’s physician had been concerned enough in a recent visit about this … More Transparency in Mental Health
by Kyle Bradford Jones Note: This post originally appeared on the AAFP’s Fresh Perspectives blog, as well as KevinMD. Pamela Wible, MD, a family physician who is an expert in physician suicide prevention, recently asked other physicians why so many in the profession kill themselves. The answers were plentiful, tragic and not at all surprising. One physician … More A Physician’s Story of Mental Illness