Going Back on Medication in the Pandemic

It took me a while to accept (admit?) that I needed to go back on my psychiatric medication after spending the best part of a year reducing my medication for the first time since I started taking it four years ago. I wanted to see how I would do after years of steady therapy, exercise, … Continue reading Going Back on Medication in the Pandemic

My Experiences with Telehealth

When all the cancellations started, at first I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my appointments. Some of them were just canceled outright and for others, I had the option to meet via phone or zoom. Luckily, I have health insurance that covered them like a normal appointment so it was an option … Continue reading My Experiences with Telehealth

How the Swine Flu and COVID-19 Pandemics Seem Different as Someone Who Got Swine Flu in 2009

In 2009, I got swine flu. I had just returned to college from summer break, and either brought it with me or I got it from my roommate, who got it almost as soon as we returned to school. I got it a few days later. I had barely heard of it at that point. … Continue reading How the Swine Flu and COVID-19 Pandemics Seem Different as Someone Who Got Swine Flu in 2009

How I Balance Advocating For Myself as a Patient with Avoiding Hypochondria

(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and none of this is meant to provide medical advice. This is just my personal experience.) I struggle with being my own patient advocate and not being a hypochondriac. I know that having OCD means that I have a tendency to catastrophize and this includes imagining worst-case possible illnesses … Continue reading How I Balance Advocating For Myself as a Patient with Avoiding Hypochondria