Self-Care Tip #226 – Find your council for self-care outside of yourself with psychiatry.
Many may wonder why a psychiatrist would talk about being a friend to yourself. People who know psychiatry involves medicine, who think psychiatry excludes psychotherapy, who think self-care is holistic (i.e. holistic they interpret as non-medical) or who don’t bridge the gap that voluntary choices and choices regarding what is involuntary is still self-care – these people may wonder… It’s no fault or judgment, it just is, as we like to say.
After all, psychiatry has changed a lot in the last thirty-plus years. This category of people I speak of includes even physicians. It is not easy to keep up on each other’s specialties.
I make my case for “microphone-time” (taking liberties to speak on this) based on the Biopsychosocial Model. I boldly say that because Psychiatry flattens the planes between biology, psychology, sociology, then Psychiatry should speak up on self-care. It is a broad perspective and often with some affecting differences from religion, clergy, laymen, psychology or other therapies by reputation (I’m not speaking about individuals.)
The beautiful bridge linking voluntary behaviors and emotions with the involuntary, and how that relates to our choices, our self-care, our freedom, saying all health begins and ends with Me is an enormous step in friendship with oneself.
Questions: Where do you find your own opinion on this spectrum of thought? And why? What has your experience been with this? Please tell me your story.
- Living Where We Feel Safe is Part of Self-Care (friendtoyourself.com)
- Where Does Courage Come From? (friendtoyourself.com)
- Culture, Diversity And Psychiatry At The APA Annual Meeting In Honolulu (medicalnewstoday.com)