Perceiving dignity for World Mental Health Day

Each year in July, I greet a new group of post-doctoral psychiatric trainees ('residents,' 'registrars') for a year's work in our psychiatric outpatient clinic. One of the rewards of being a
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Each year in July, I greet a new group of post-doctoral psychiatric trainees (‘residents,’ ‘registrars’) for a year’s work in our psychiatric outpatient clinic.  One of the rewards of being a psychiatric educator is witnessing the professional growth of young clinicians as they mature into seasoned, competent, and humanistic psychiatrists.  Over the course of my year, and in our residents’ stage of training, the most dramatic change is not in developing their skills as clinical interviewers, nor in expanding their knowledge of psychopharmacology, or refining their insights as psychotherapists, but in transforming their very perceptions of patients. When they begin in July, their major concern is to learn about their patients, from the medical record as well as from the patient themselves.  They inherit a panel of patients from their predecessors, and over the course of the year, evaluate and work with new intake patients.  In the late summer months. . .

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