No man is an island (Psychiatry in Växjö)

I’m now on my final week in psychiatry in Växjö, and so far it’s been amazing. This week is a bit special though, as now I’m in Children’s Psychiatry. Otherwise during the past three weeks I’ve been in Adult Psychiatry, rotating within Emergency Psychiatry, Psychosis, Geriatric Psychiatry, General Psychiatry and lastly what I call the Psychiatric Jail. I’ve seen a great array of cases, and I think if there’s something I’ll bring from my placement, that would be that no man is an island.

Psychiatry is all about relationships. Well, for the main part anyway except for perhaps the cases of schizophrenia, autism etc. Otherwise, it’s all about relationships.

Relationships with your family, with your partner and of course with yourself.

When I was in the Emergency Psychiatry clinic on Valentine’s day, we all of a sudden saw a rise of emergency bookings compared to the day before. 10 patients vs the 2 yesterday on a Monday. It’s just a regular Tuesday I thought, but nope. It’s Valentine’s Day. The next day, only one patient came to the clinic.

Patients came in with depression which started from their divorce and/or patients coming in with suicidal thoughts from failed relationships. I thought to myself, this must be because of the holiday. If you’re surrounded by things that will constantly remind you about love, loved ones and relationships, if you don’t feel loved, it’s not too surprising if you would do something crazy on Valentine’s day.

As humans, we have a strong sense of belonging. Sure, being strong and independent is a quality to be desired and to strive for, but being independent doesn’t mean one is alone. Being independent means you are in control of yourself and your surroundings. With surroundings, I don’t only mean the things around us, but also with whom we live our lives with. Because it is through these people we feel like we belong and we gain purpose. It is through these people we find a home. And a home is a place where we feel loved.

When I meet these patients in the clinic, it saddens me that they are deprived of a home where they feel like they belong, a place where they receive love. If these basic needs were met, I believe a majority of these patients wouldn’t be here in the first place. If they have a place where they feel love, it will be easier for them to have love within them for themselves. And with self-love comes our power as human beings. Without power, what are we then?

It’s true what they say, love makes the world go around. Love is the answer. I believe this is more true than ever in psychiatry. Sure, as doctors we can give medication to try and help their situations, but if they don’t have that love within, medication is only a band-aid. If they haven’t nurtured a love within, with the help of others’ love for them, then they definitely need it now. In the end, no man is an island.

…But then again, what the heck what do I know, I’m only a student ✌️️

I have a bike now!

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Meet Hera! 😀

My Linköping student-ness is leveling up.

I came back from Värnamo, Småland on Friday and already the next day I decided to up my Linköping game and get a bike. I was told about the bike sale which was part of the recycling fair on Saturday a few minutes before closing. My friends and I quickly biked over, and I met Hera.

It was love at first sight. But I thought she needed an upgrade so I painted her orange.  Very fluorescent orange. And changed her tires. She’ll be hard to miss for sure!

The painting was a lot more difficult than I thought but I am finally finished. Meet Hera, my new travelling buddy for the years in Linköping to come! 😀

…now I should do more doctor-related stuff.

Festivallen 2016

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Festival + kravall = Festivall

What is a “kravall” you may wonder?

Non-student proper definition: a riot
Student (Linköping) definition: PARTY 😀

Last night, I went to my first kravall ever and initiated my medical student party tailcoat or läkarfrack. Festivallen is a party organised by the party committee of the medical school, mainly aimed its students of course. So yeah, basically one could see students from every semester (there are 11 semesters hence 11 classes of over 100-ish students) at the party. At a kravall, you wear your party student “uniform” or ovve which is according to your study program. But since we’re medical students and are “a bit more special”, we wear tailcoats (frack) and not overalls (hence the word ovve) like everyone else. At every kravall you go to you collect a badge which you then put on your ovve, to show everyone all the events you have been to of course. I officially have my first stamp! 😀

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Before leaving to the pre-party and getting it dirty for the first time, Linköping medic represent! 😀

I borrowed my friend’s bike and overcame my fear of biking in a city. We started at a preparty at a friend’s house, where her roomie invited people from her class to – which happens to be my future class starting next semester. My future classmates are super friendly and welcoming, and I’m less scared of changing class once again. They even invited me to their upcoming klassittning (class party). It was nice to meet those I will graduate as a doctor with in two years! 🙂

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Can this snapchat photo be any darker?

We biked to the kravall at the Linköping main campus, Valla (not the hospital campus where we basically live!) where I unfortunately lost one of my bag’s wings on the way. We came in, and as my first ever proper school-wide student party in Linköping ever, I was impressed. Everyone dressed in similar uniforms representing their study programs, and three different rooms with different music. And these rooms were BIG. I’d estimate about 700 students at the party. Amazing.

me writing on the facebook event page for Festivallen regarding my lost wing on my beibaobao bag

It’s the first time I used this bag and it already lost one wing… No one has replied on the Facebook event page regarding if they’ve found the other wing… So so sad 😦

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My friend and classmate Laura and I at the biggest room of Kårallen! Yes I know this is also yet another super great dark photo.

At the end of the night, Thomas Stenström the artist behind one of my major “missing Sweden super summer feelings” songs called “Slå mig hårt i ansiktet” performed. Breathtaking.

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THOMAS STENSTRÖM ARRGHHAAA

I woke up the next day at my friend’s place with a massive headache but with the realisation that oh my God I had such an amazingly good time last night. So who cares about the hangover. But now it’s time for Värnamo.

It was a good weekend back in Linköping but now my placement continues. Now I’m in Värnamo for primary care for the next two weeks. Wish me luck! 🙂