Friday, December 31, 2010

My New Year Resolution:)Wishing all my buddies Happy New Year!! #quote #MMXI # new year 2011

I love these lines by Christian .D. Larson. Would be an ideal new year resolution...Wishing all my buddies a happy, healthy and prosperous new year(MMXI)!!

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

                                                                    -CHRISTIAN .D.LARSON

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Words of Wisdom #quote

Quotes always amaze me. And inspiring quotes rejuvenate and keep me going. I want to share this particular quote which i first came across in the movie "The world's fastest Indian". The protagonist in the movie quotes these words of Theodre Roosevelt. Simply amazing lines filled with wisdom.

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."- Theodre Roosevelt

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch   (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: "3 to 6 months of good health left". He gave an upbeat lecture entitled "The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller. Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.(Source-Wikipedia)

In this moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talks about lessons he learned and gives advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.



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Saturday, August 7, 2010

I cant touch that dirty 18 lakh cheque #OCD #psychiatry #medtweeps

An elderly man comes to the outpatient department with his son. His face is familiar because he keeps frequenting the hospital, every time with a complaint which grows in complexity. He was looking very worried, his son even more. He  is a known case of OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder), a disorder characteristically marked with persistent thoughts of contamination, among many other things, that are experienced as coming against one’s will. This causes lots of distress and some indulge in washing their hands all day long. This man is retiring from his job and on the day of the farewell ceremony that his company had arranged, they were presenting him a cheque of Rs.18,00,000. It was his hard-earned money. But he saw at the ceremony that the cheque was touched by many people and some of them from a lower caste. So he refuses to accept this cheque as its contaminated, apparently it had become untouchable. His family members go crazy with his behavior and bring him to hospital to somehow make him to accept this cheque and get it signed, so that they get the money. Despite weeks of medications and persuading, he still remains hell-bent on not taking that cheque. Its very hard to imagine that somebody can deny 18 lakhs due to the fear that his hands may get dirty. This just shows how difficult it can become to treat this condition…


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Blind man avoids obstacles!


The spooky phenomenon that allows some blind people to navigate around objects has been pinned down to connections in the thalamus.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Do you want to hallucinate? Watch this image. #medtweeps #psychiatry

"A hallucination is a percept experienced in the absence of an external stimulus to the corresponding sense organ" - Oxford textbook of psychiatry

Jaspers suggested the following defnition 'a false perception which is not a sensory
distortion or a misinterpretation, but which occurs at the same time as real

You are having a visual hallucination when there is no external object, but you are still percieving that there is an object. Visual hallucinations are seen in some psychiatric illness.Recently i came across this interesting image in Scientific American. Its called the Yorick's Skull. This was the image.

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The site says, 'To experience a vintage afterimage illusion, stare at the X in Yorick’s left eye socket for about 30 seconds. Then look away at a wall or piece of paper, and you will see a ghostly apparition.'


When we stare at a wall after seeing the image, there is no external object. But we are still able to percieve the image of the ghost. So is this an illusion?? or is it that we are hallucinating??

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning.

Neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl pioneered an approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the human search for meaning. He quotes "If we take man as he is, we make him worse, but if we take man as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can be."


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Friday, March 26, 2010


A ray of light in the darkness

A silver lining in the gloomy cloud

An oasis in the barren desert

The smile of a baby in a funeral

Hope it is, my friend

The only solace to mortal men.


It smiles at you like the morning sun

It casts the melody of a songbird

It showers on you when tired in the fiery sun

It gives you a thousand reasons to live

Hope it is, my friend

The only solace to mortal men.


Its an illusion, some pragmatic fool may say

But, I am a dreamer

And hope it is, that gives me wings to fly

Tells me that no distance is too far

And if you have the heart to reach there

Hope always fuels your drive

So, when the morning dawns, my friend

Never give up, never despair

Because HOPE is always there!



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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I am engaged to Psychiatry! #medtweeps #psychiatry

Surprised by the title of the post? Well, dont be startled..Choosing a medical specialty in India can be likened to an arranged Indian marriage. Recently i cracked two entrance examinations for getting into postgraduate medical education. During the process of choosing a specialty i found out some really interesting similarities between the process of choosing a career and an Indian marriage.


In India you just cant go and marry the girl you love, you will get ostracized. Although the scenario has changed at many places because of better education and awareness, it is still rampant. So, before you want to marry a girl, your parents should like her and agree. Not only that, all the close relatives must give a nod too. Its only after this that a happy arranged marriage takes place. 


Now, medical education...The only doctors that lay people respect here are surgeons and physicians(internal medicine). Or should i say people know only these two. Branches like biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and few other para-clinical specialities are totally unheard of. People specializing in these branches are seen as lab technicians. And anesthetists, many people dont know there is a speciality like that. They stay behind masks in the operation theater and totally get unnoticed! Pathetic! So parents tend to force their children into either surgery or internal medicine. Because they want everyone to know that their son/ daughter has gone on to become a great doctor and not just a pathologist or a microbiologist. With the increasing competition in India for post-graduate education, this situation leads to lot of stress on young doctors.


And coming to the specialty i chose in first round of counseling, Psychiatry..The word itself raises many eyebrows! The moment you say i have chosen MD Psychiatry, people say 'Really?' 'Are you sure?' 'Why psychiatry?, Didn't you have any other branch?' 'Psychiatrists have the highest suicide rates!' 'You want to treat insane people all your life?'(Reminds me of the quote "No one is sane!" lols) 'Have you thought about the Countertransference?' (Countertransference is defined as redirection of a psychotherapist's feelings toward a client or, more generally, as a therapist's emotional entanglement with a client. It is the entire body of feelings that the therapist has toward the patient, and also includes cases where the therapist literally takes on the suffering of his/her patient.) The list of startled expressions and pityful statements goes on and on.. 



To me, Psychiatry gives the opportunity where one person reveals to another his or her innermost concerns, in hope of healing. It creates a relationship, where we earn our patients' trust, and are privileged to learn about fears and worries that our patients may not have shared—or ever will share—with another living soul!



So in India, you just cant choose a specialty because you love it. Parents and relatives should be proud to tell that you are specializing in something, you should choose such a specialty. The situation gets even complicated if one is already married or have a partner. And only after all this dreary process, you can be brave enough to choose a specialty that you love or just compromise with something that everyone else wants you to be!


(Is this the fate of doctors in other countries too?Please give opiniions in comments)


(P.S - I would have put the title of post as 'married to psychiatry'...but there is a second round of counseling, in which i may choose internal medicine which has been my first preferrence, second is for time being, I am engaged to psychiatry!)


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Tweetcloud...


In the history of the Universe,

there has been no one like you.

To the infinite of time to come,

there will be no one like you

You are rare.

You are original.

You are unique.

You are a wonder.

You are the only one of your kind.

You are a masterpiece......

.....your Master's piece......

(Courtesy- A friend of mine who captured a poster with these lines in his camera...thought these lines were worth sharing..)

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