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Jun 07, 2022

How do mental health conditions affect the LGBTQIA+ community? 

Nearly 20 percent of the adult U.S. population lives with a mental health condition, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are nearly three times more likely to be part of that group. It is important to recognize the facts about mental health and LGBTQIA+ communities, eliminate stigma, and find a way to bring help to those who need it. 

Jul 07, 2021

Why Does the LGBTQIA+ Community Suffer from Poor Mental Health at Higher Rates?

Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity, but people who identify as part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community are at higher mental health risk compared to others. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), "LGB adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition. Transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender individuals to experience a mental health condition". Many factors aside, this is because many people identifying as LGBTQIA+ face discrimination, family rejection, harassment, and fear of violence.

Nov 03, 2020

What Are Pronouns and Why Do They Matter?

Pronouns—they’re something a lot of us take for granted in everyday life. If you identify with the sex you were assigned at birth, pronouns might not be something you’ve had to think about. If you or someone in your life is transgender, genderqueer, or another gender-variant, you probably know how important it is to get pronouns right, even if you don’t do so the first time.

The Scope

Surgical Options for Long-Term Symptoms of Bell's Palsy

Jan 25, 2023

Bell's palsy is a rare disorder that impacts the functioning of the nerve that controls the movement of the face. For a majority of patients, facial paralysis and other side effects will improve within a few weeks to a couple of months. But for a small number of patients, it can last even longer, requiring a surgical procedure to help their quality of life. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Sarah Akkina, MD, discusses "facial reanimation" and the many surgical options available to treat the debilitating effects of long-term Bell's palsy and give patients back their ability to smile.

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S6E4: Navigating Shame in Medicine

Jan 24, 2023

Shame is an emotional experience when our social bonds are threatened—it is a feeling of distress, even humiliation, and is often caused by the consciousness of wrong. Shame exists in all communities, even medicine, and usually, involves someone else's point of view. In S6E4, Leen, Harjit, and Lina share experiences of shame in their personal and professional lives, and discuss how to process shame in the field of medicine.

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129: Why Goals Fail and How to Fix That

Jan 24, 2023

Are your wellness goals not going the way you hoped? It's ok. Setting and achieving a goal isn't as easy as you might think. The Who Cares guys talk through some strategies to help you develop better goals to increase your chance of success. They also offer tips to get back on track when you slip up or fall short of achieving your goals.

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S6E3: The Identities of a Doctor

Jan 17, 2023

Conforming to the system and society's expectations to achieve success and respect is not a new concept. As medical students and residents, there are certain boxes and identities we are expected to fit into. But more often than not, conforming to the status quo further separates us from the communities we hope to take care of. In S6E3, Lina, Hạ, and Leen discuss finding strength and empowerment in their authentic selves, and share stories of restricted identities and how the experiences affect their work in medicine and patient care.

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