I was named after American singer/actress, Barbra Streisand., who was actually born with the conventional spelling of her first name: B-A-R-B-A-R-A, and then dropped the second “a” to be unique. Hence, B-A-R-B-R-A. My mom named me after her because she was a huge fan; me, not so much. And I’m certainly not a fan of… Read More Fun Fact: What’s in a (Filipino) Name?
Daily Prompt: Undulate via The Daily Post My cousin recently graduated from dental school. She worked hard to get to where she is, and I’m proud of her. But if I’m honest, I admit that my emotions undulate from pride to envy, the way a water bed lifts your body one moment, then sets its… Read More Pride, Envy & Career Expectations
I’ve had 6 total psychiatrists in my life, and I’d like to describe them. As such, this is going to be a 3-parter, posted today and the next 2 Sundays. (I can bundle Psychiatrist #s 3-6 in one post.) When I was a senior in high school, an authority figure “recommended” that my parents seek… Read More Psychiatrist #1 of 6
I loved and worshipped my paternal grandfather, who died when I was 6. He was a doctor. I wanted to be a doctor. My parents expected me to be a doctor, especially since my dad didn’t take that route. They expected me to obey them, to get the best grades, to be the best at… Read More Living In a Prison of Expectations
Throwback Thursdays feature relevant posts (of about 20) from a private, online journal I kept last fall. They chronicle my time during a depressive episode, which led to another round of ECT. You’ll read firsthand what that was like for me. The entries are slightly edited for clarity, and with regard to anonymity. NOTE: The… Read More Throwback Thursday #8: ECT #1
On the evening of my first hospitalization, my parents came to visit me. They seemed angry, and my mom (who passed away last year) was in tears, I’m guessing because she was very image-conscious and didn’t want anyone to know that she had a daughter who has a mental illness. At one point, my dad… Read More “Filipinos Don’t Have Depression!”