Source: Elia Pellegrini/Unsplash I mentioned several months back that I’m writing in fits and starts my memoir. I’ve actually be ‘trying’ to write it for at least a decade. I know Yoda – 'Do or Do Not. There is no try.' But I beg to differ in this case. Or maybe you’re right. I ‘do’ but I have ‘do’ well. I haven’t been happy with the ‘do’ that I have done. I guess you could l call ‘do doo’. Oh dear. Anyway…I wanted to let in on why it’s been so hard for me. Maybe you can offer some insight, support or ideas. Why has it been so difficult for me to write? Well, my mental illness (perhaps like some other people’s) is a big yarn ball of psychotic and spiritual experiences. I’m trying to tease them apart; make sense of them. I’m wanting to shed light on the intersection of spiritual experience and mental illness; the struggle I had and still have of knowing my mental illness and extraordinary experiences can co-exist without minimizing either. When I’ve written my plays, I … [Read more...] about Is There Something Spiritual about Psychosis?
Hate is a strong and powerful emotion. It’s not something you take likely. But every once in a while you probably find yourself with such animosity and disdain for a colleague, that you feel justified in saying you hate them. Hatred for a colleague is bad news in many different ways. In no particular order, it prevents you from working effectively together, which is bad for your career and bad for business. It causes stress and threatens your mental and physical health if it isn’t rectified. And it probably spills over into your other relationships, souring them because of undue energy focused on your negative relationship with your colleague. For all those reasons, it’s really important that you move beyond hating your colleague and repair the relationship. Try these steps: Understand what is triggering such strong feelings in you. You own your emotions, so be honest with yourself about what’s going on. If you feel so strongly, it probably goes to something very basic … [Read more...] about What Do I Do When I Hate My Colleague?
Source: Uniraniano, CC 4.0, Wikimedia Hippocrates said, “First, do no harm.” That time-honored entreaty has implications far beyond medicine. But let’s start there. Medicine. As with all bumper-sticker advice, it’s simplistic. Sometimes, it's wise to choose to harm a patient in hopes of preventing worse harm. For example, surgeons cut out a cancer in hopes of preventing metastasis. Dentists perform a root canal to prevent more serious infection. Physical therapists ask patients to do painful exercises to avoid the sequela of atrophy. On the other hand, sometimes, physicians’ craving for understanding and to avoid being accused of inadequately responding motivates them to order tests and treatments that have poor cost-benefit. An obvious example is suggesting that a Stage 4 cancer patient undergo high-side-effect/low-payoff chemotherapy. Perhaps less obvious is when a doctor orders a test, the results of which would be interesting but doesn’t suggest a worthwhile treatment. … [Read more...] about “First Do No Harm”