• Being an MD

    A Piece of Thought on World Mental Health Day

    I remember exactly that this time around two years ago I was struggling with a burn out and a depressive episode. Being a physician myself I saw these cases almost daily. Until I experienced it on my own, I actually never realized what kind of impacts this disease has over someone, his/her life and his/her surroundings.   One of the best decisions I have made in my life was to pick up the phone and reach out for a professional help.    I took a time out, had a structured conversation with a psychotherapist, spoke out and phrased all of the disturbing factors.    The most important of all was…

  • Being a mom,  Post in Indonesian,  Thoughts

    Curhatan emak – emak : uncensored ;)

    Hari ini tiba – tiba ingin menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia.. Sudah lama sekali gak menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, jadi kalau canggung bahasanya maafkan yaa 🙂 Menjadi ibu rumah tangga sebenernya sesuatu yang benar – benar saya nikmati, tapi hari ini kok rasanya lelah sekali ya.. Tidak terasa sudah hampir 6 bulan saya tinggal di rumah untuk mengurus anak bayi saya 24 jam sehari. Sebenernya sih saya sama sekali tidak merindukan pekerjaan. Kemarin sempat berbicara dengan bos yang sudah menanti – nanti kembalinya saya ke tempat kerja, saya makin galau. Semakin grogi memikirkan kalau nanti di bulan September saya harus menitipkan Aurélie di tempat penitipan anak 6 – 8 jam sehari..…

  • Being an MD,  Culture,  Life story,  Thoughts

    The pursuit of happiness (2): New Year’s Resolution: Do more of what makes you happy!

    It was not easy making the phone calls to get a psychologist. My pride was hurt, deeply. At some point I tried to tell myself, even physicians get burn out and depressive phases. That is a common secret. And even if you think -as a physician- you know what you are having, there are times when you have to realize that you can’t treat yourself. But it is always easier saying than doing. Just in front of the chair in my therapist’s office, there is a big framed picture with this motto “DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY”. I then decided to write and make documentations about things that make me happy,…