The Journey that leads to me…as a physician practicing telepsychiatry…
When I was just a bundle of untrained synapsing brain matter, aspiring to one day to be a psychiatrist, I had no idea. I had no idea how isolating the practice of psychiatry would be – although wonderful in other ways. Nor did I know about how practicing psychiatry would catalyze parenting into an even greater isolation. Who would have thought isolation could be described as great. But it was, like a black hole where a star used to live. I am taking the risk that you might think I am comparing myself to a celestial star. Ahem. Even so, you understand that something I considered of high value and beauty was diminished, affecting my quality of life.
The natural progression of life is to effectually hone us, prune us, increase areas of productivity and diminish other distractors. For some, that works and for others, who have needs outside of what life gave them, it doesn’t. Using the biopsychosocial model, we have better perception of how this threads into our lives personally and also in practicing psychotherapies more effectively with others. The biopsychosocial model spreads over the expanse of what makes us who we are, flattens obstructions between seeing in and improves presence.
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This article first appeared in the January 2012 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
Sana Quijada is a board certified psychiatrist, a lover of books, a mom and a wife. She is in private practice and specializes in outpatient services (in person or by telepsychiatry) and ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) She is also the medical director of the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medical Center Partial Hospital of Murrieta. Her telepsychiatry website is Prime Telemedicine. She also hosts a blog, A Friend to Yourself.