Mental Illness and Addiction: Lessons from the County Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Ward
Keywords:Psychiatry, Addiction medicine, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Delusions
There is often a stark difference in how people interpret their first exposures to physical illness versus mental illness and addiction medicine. Many times, there is a tendency to sympathize with physical illness but separate ourselves from mental illness and addiction. I have slowly learned to see myself in each of my patients, regardless of diagnosis. In this experience, I describe what it is like to interact with and care for psychiatric patients and how my thoughts on their care changed during my inpatient psychiatric rotation.
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