In this Episode, Dr. Tola discusses the following;
- How and when she knew she wanted to become a doctor
- How her personal experiences and challenges contributed to her decision to choose psychiatry
- How the stigma associated with mental health is a barrier to seeking and receiving adequate treatment.
- How the African community try to address mental health issues with spirituality instead of seeking professional help
- How the collaboration of religious leaders and mental health professionals can lead to increased knowledge about mental health for people to be able to get the treatment they need.
- How to take care of yourself and your mental health in the midst of COVID-19 crisis
- How to know when you’re misusing alcohol and having substance abuse issues
- The importance of seeking help such as therapy or counseling, seeing a psychiatrist.
- Trends of mental health issues noticed as we deal with COVID-19
- Advice for an aspiring future doctor on what to do
o Get a mentor
o Don’t give up easily
o Take your MCAT
- Advice for current medical school student who is considering psychiatry
o Know who you are (Handson or loves to communicate well and are you patient enough to work with people with mental health problems?)
o Rotations will help you figure out what you love
o a mentor while doing your rotations
o Doing your internships/Externships.
o Don’t give up!!
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