Confessions of a depressed mind
For medical students to overcome depression may mean coping with the darkness, hopelessness and sadness while hiding the illness from a sceptical medical profession
We laugh about the patient who jumped off a building because she thought she could fly. We share stories about the bizarre voices and delusions that our patients try passionately to convince us are real. But do we stop to think about how mental illness is probably far closer to home than we're comfortable with?
Patients' lives seem a million miles away from our comfortable lives as students, yet as prospective doctors we badly need to begin to understand psychiatry from a patient's point of view. How else can we appreciate the mystery of an invisible disease that destroys people's lives?
It is not a joke. It is not made up, selfish, or attention seeking. It is the manifestation of an unwell mind, and we need