Teamwork in Psychiatry: King Abdullah University Hospital as a Model
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Currently Dr. Sánchez de Carmona is the President of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.
Born in Mexico City and graduated from the Anahuac University School of Medicine, Mexico. He did his internship year at the Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami University School of Medicine.
As I was sipping a hot cup of tea in a breezy evening, for the first time, I could feel the calmness in my soul as the wind touched my face. For so long, I had been struggling to feel this way. I had never felt this way. What was this calmness? I wondered. It was as though my soul was a baby in his mommy’s lap in a deep sleep. Oh, it was the treatment. It was working. I was calm.
Getting the Right Diagnosis and the Best Treatment
“Once begun; half done.” If you’re at this website, you’ve begun. Discovery of your own form of a mood disorder can be daunting, but you’ve embarked on a healing journey. Congratulate yourself. You’ve begun; you’re half done.
Dr. Susan C. Maloney has worked as a nurse for 25 years and a Family Nurse Practitioner for 16 years in myriad settings including internal medicine, older adults, college health and women's health/mental health issues.
As far as I am concerned , electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the most controversial treatment I have received. In 1991, I was hospitalized for six months. I am a very compliant patient suffering from rapid cycling bipolar disorder. If recommended by a doctor I am open to a treatment plan. All I knew about ECT was that my brother received treatment in the sixties for his bipolar disorder. At that time they were called shock treatments. I knew , from his experience that they were somewhat painful and affected his memory.
Dr. Kelsoe graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1981. He completed internship training at Washington University in St. Louis and psychiatry residency at UCSD. He then went to the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for 4 years and returned to San Diego to join the Department of Psychiatry faculty in 1989 at UCSD.
I destroyed my first marriage through infidelity, wild spending sprees, outbursts of rage, and many of the other hallmarks of uncontrolled bipolar mania. People who know the ugly details of my story are often surprised to learn that my second marriage is so successful and solid. How can my spouse trust me? How can I trust myself?
When I woke up that morning in hospital, ten years ago, she stood there. The psychologist I started to see about three months prior to becoming manic for the first time. I went to see her, because deep inside myself it felt as if something was “not right”, but neither of us had any idea I has bipolar.
“Please help me, don’t leave me”, I said.
“I won’t leave you,” she said. “I am sorry that I did not realize what was happening.”