In a virtual speaker series, the Hopkins Psychiatry Student Interest Group explores what distinguished psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins have to say about psychiatric care and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) may be an unusual physical phenomenon, but to some, it is also a delightful and cost-free way to help improve mental health and self-care routines.
Jan 2, 2020
The Mental Health Crisis in Medical Education: Sharing Stories, Normalizing Unwellness and Seeking HelpPosted by Howard Chang | A Day in the Life, Events and Happenings
Anxiety, depression and burnout are common among medical students, trainees and physicians. A diverse panel of speakers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discuss their experiences struggling with mental and emotional unwellness and the importance of seeking help.
Dec 20, 2019
Working in science can sometimes be an arduous, solitary journey. While being a graduate student is challenging enough, the pressure is ratcheted up when one is a postdoc. A postdoctoral fellow, or postdoc, conducts mentored research after obtaining a doctoral degree, prior to moving on to a more permanent position. Postdocs are expected to generate […]
Jan 18, 2019
Toxic stress is everywhere. As a pediatrician in Baltimore City, I acknowledge the elephant in the exam room at nearly every appointment. Abuse. Neglect. Domestic violence. Toxic stress is a term used to describe the repeated experience of adverse childhood events without positive interpersonal relationships to buffer the ongoing trauma. As a result, children in […]
Feb 8, 2018
A sizeable crowd of over two hundred attendees gathered in Turner Auditorium on April 18, 2017, to hear discussions on mood disorders at the 31st Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. Mood disorders, which encompass major depression, anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder, as well as a spectrum of […]
May 18, 2017
The following submission is the first place winner of The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation 2016 essay contest. You can read the original posting here. Modern medicine has worked miracles: we have cured infectious diseases with vaccines, replaced failing organs with transplants, converted many cancers from death sentences into treatable conditions. But one area has […]
Jun 8, 2016
Lithium is a first-line treatment for patients with bipolar disorder, which is characterized by mood swings between mania and depression. Although widespread use of lithium to treat mania began around the mid-20th century, we still know relatively little about the compound’s mechanism of action. And we know even less about why lithium fails to treat […]
Jun 8, 2016
Walking out of a lecture on mood disorders, one of my classmates made the striking remark, “Well, if that’s the definition of depression, then all medical students are depressed.” Even though his comment provoked laughter, I couldn’t help but wonder about the possible, sad truth in it. Like so many psychiatric disorders, the definition of […]
Jan 29, 2016
Pediatric Mental Illness Crisis: Barriers to Pediatric Mental Health Services in Our Current EMS SystemPosted by Sylvia Owusu-Ansah | A Day in the Life
Imagine you are a pediatrician working in an emergency department when a young female patient who was recently diagnosed as bipolar is brought in by her mother. She is visibly angry upon arrival, and her mother looks tired and distressed. When you enter the room, the young girl begins the interaction with foul language. She […]
Mar 13, 2015