The Psychology Of A Psychiatric Hospital

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Weekends at Bellevue enlightens the readers of a very dynamic and instance field within psychiatry that many people are not aware of. Many people who envision psychiatry perceive the traditional psychotherapy by sitting on the couch and talking about the diagnosis. This book reveals the reality of what is looks like to work within a hospital as a physiatrist doing risk assessments. This book dives into depth with many of the common issues physiatrists come into contact with. Julie Holland, MD portrays a very interesting perspective working at a psychiatric hospital. I can see how many people perceive this book as controversial due to some of the disclosure, judgments or biases she placed on her clients and colleagues. Many different defense mechanisms can be seen throughout the book such as displacement, humor, denial, intellectualization, and isolation of affect, repression, and eventually suppression. Many of these defense mechanisms are not identified within her own pattern of behavior when dealing with stressful situations. This is a common area that many psychiatrics or individuals working in therapy commonly overlook. This is a very unfortunate area because in order to be a good psychiatrist it is important to observe oneself and not project the therapist’s issues onto the clients. There were a few stories that stood out to me while reading this book that I personally would have a hard time with due to such extreme biases. First of all, as a physiatrist it would be important that one continuously checks and balances own personal biases. I do have to respect that Julie Holland started seeing counseling but when it came down to her friendship with Lucy, Julie was not there to support Lucy. I find this extremely hypocritical o... ... middle of paper ... ...n this field and many male dominated fields, women tend to take on this characteristic because it becomes highly rewarding. In my experience, I have found that in these intense fields, having dominance becomes effective in certain situations. As Julie points out, that it is beneficial but only in some situations and others can have very negative effects. As an individual it is important to utilize both qualities but know when the appropriate and ethical time to use it. In conclusion, this book provided significant insight on having a career as a psychiatrist in the medical profession. In this reading, I have gained a further self-awareness of my own personal behaviors and their interactions from Julies own experiences. I would highly recommend this book to other individuals because it is a great introduction to a woman’s experience within psychiatry in a hospital.
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