A post by the inspirational Dr Jenny Napier. She and Dr Thuli Whitehouse are running a weekend retreat for doctors on 11-13th November, offering 'a space for stepping back, recharging your batteries and learning some new skills for maintaining your balance.' What is the nature of your inner dialogue when you do something you regret? … Continue reading How can self-compassion support our learning and development?
A post by another GP who wishes to remain anonymous: A Gay friend once described to me his experience of ‘coming out ‘ to his parents. His mum’s first response “What will everyone say at church?” He was in his late twenties and had kept the truth about his sexuality from his family since his … Continue reading Coming Out
On holiday recently I had a wobble. Sitting by the side of a lake with my family, I suddenly felt overwhelmed by feelings of shame and failure. I plunged into the lake. The icy water was bitingly cold. An instant tonic to my negative thoughts. As I swam, the "Wall of Achievement", that Stephanie Hopper of "The Geek … Continue reading “Imposter syndrome” & the Wall of Achievement
By the same author as the poem about Burnout. This is the second in her series. “Experiential Practice” Depression, Insomnia, OCD Anorexia, Stress, Anxiety A minor expert you will see If you consult this GP For they have all afflicted me With these conditions of the mind I like to think that you would find … Continue reading A poem about “Experiential Practice”
Following on from the previous story, "It's Ok to be mentally unwell as a GP; you can get better," here are some strategies that have enabled this GP to stay successfully in work after being unwell and that have helped her to stay "well". My tips Be open & honest with colleagues "I would advise … Continue reading Staying well: some strategies that helped me