I write on being a friend to yourself.
I practice psychiatry and parent, with my husband, our three young children.
This blog reflects many years of study, along with life and patient experience. I hope you will enjoy it!
Disclaimer: Specific details have come from my imagination and not patients. The characters are fictitious and not based on real people. Nor is anything I write meant to be medical advice or engage in any doctor-patient relationship.
© 2010 Sana Quijada, all rights reserved
Contact: (951) 514-1234
More About Dr Q
I am a practicing board certified psychiatrist, a lover of books, a mom, a wife, and a huge fan of Starbucks (as well as local California coffee houses like Cafe Daniel or Cafe Bravo.)
I never get tired of talking about becoming a friend to yourself, and working with others with those same goals is my dream job. This blog is a place where I get to hear the concerns and perspectives of self-accountable people in the trenches, so that I never lose touch with what’s happening outside of my tiny point on the globe.
My Medical Practice Story
I became a licensed physician in 1999 after one year of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Internship and have since completed a general psychiatry residency between two programs, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Harvard South Shore. I then completed a Prime Medicine Fellowship at Harvard South Shore in 2002. Since then, I have worked in several companies and hospitals before settling in my little nook, here in the Murrieta-Temecula areas of Southern California.
Since 2002, I have been practicing private practice, now in the areas of outpatient clinic, encompassing medication management, psychotherapy, ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), public speaking, and writing. I also enjoy participating as community faculty with Loma Linda University Department of Psychiatry, and University of Riverside School of Medicine.
Yes, I’ve Done Other Things Besides Psychiatry
I’ve travelled for years with my nuclear family in the medical mission field to somewhere around twenty countries. My formative years were also largely influenced by the pleasures of music, sports, reading and writing. My bachelor’s degree in Biology, from La Sierra University, California in 1994, ushered me into the final years of my formal education. Just before entering medical school, I spent almost three months in Sevilla living in the community and learning Spanish. Between years two and three of medical school, I spent five weeks in the medical clinics and community of Ecuador, where I was happy to continue studying Spanish.
I live with my husband, two daughters and son, one sweet labradoodle and lots of trees in the hills, about fifteen miles as the crow flies to the Pacific Ocean.
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I hope you find something interesting here, and come back as often as possible!
If you still don’t know enough about me… read on.
8 Random Facts About Dr. Q
1. I don’t watch or read “downers” or scary stuff. I think I am happier for it.
2. I am tenacious. The process of coming to a decision, arriving and teaching is pure pleasure.
3. I never sleep during the day for longer than twenty minutes.
4. I have hiked to the fourth cabin on Mount Kilimanjaro. I love waterskiing, snow-skiing, and tennis and still consider myself “active” even though I haven’t done any of them in fifteen years. I embrace my denial.
5. I go with my kids to Palazzo Salon to get our hair done. We get head and neck massages from the best hands and my kids ask for tea. I do this because I believe in keeping life simple. Get a good haircut on your kids and you don’t have to worry about what they do with their hair or clothes thereafter. They still look basically great. Sometimes it has worked, which keeps me going.
6. I love chocolate. I love chocolate. And I am a food addict. Enough said.
7. “I struggle every single day with trying to balance work and family,” as said by one of my favorite literary agent’s, Rachelle Gardener. I do too.
Thank you, again, for giving me your card and the address for this site. I met you, with your children, at the zoo, yesterday. We rode the “skyway” ride across the zoo and back, talking between trips. You were headed back for another ride but didn’t go right away. I’m assuming you were hunting for zebras?
Don’t know why you thought I would like your blog. How did you know that I have been recovering from a complete emotional breakdown for 16 years and that the hardest thing I have had to convince myself to do for nearly 70 years now is learn to be a friend to myself?
Thank you. I will look forward to checking in for your thoughts every day.
Hello Nancy! What fun to get your lovely comment! You made me feel so good!! I’m thrilled to hear of your courage and better days.
Who knows why we connected at the zoo of all places?! We did find the zebras eventually which made my daughter feel like her school presentation would be a sure success.
Touch in any time Nancy. I’d luv to hear your thoughts. Keep on!
I am so glad you gave a comment. Your site looks great and I am looking forward to reading through your blogs.
wonderful, bridges! i am thrilled and looking forward to hearing from you any any time. comments feel like connection which is a gift. keep on!
i made a comment in another blog and you replied to my post. then i clicked on your name and it directed me to your blog (perhaps this was the universe’s way of introducing us). here i am saying a big HELLO from down under.
i have started reading your blog and i find some of your topics re-affirming myself. things that i already know but tend not to do. when these things are told by a third person one tends to listen. ironic and funny. hope you are well. keep the posts coming.
hello fashionjotter. i too grow in the company of growth, and very much appreciate connecting with you. keep talking.
I have nominated you for Liebster Award. See my post today and visit Ceceilia’s blog later today.
fun!. thanks carl.
I love your blog. I have been reading it since you put it up and I have reflected on a lot of the things you’ve posted. I’m not being biased either, as I know we are old friends. You are exceptional at reaching out to people and I love that. You are blessed and those that know you and read your work are blessed. ♥ Eva Keep up your awesome work!
Sweet Eva, this was a real picker upper. the process truly is a joy. thank u for sharing our connection. knowing about that is needed company.
Thank you for your lovely comments today about my travel writing posts. I am SO glad I found your blog. As someone who suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I am so in favor of not only helping people relieve symptoms and feel better, but also to love and appreciate themselves the way they are. Too many people (especially those with mental illness or psychiatric problems) feel as if they are “less than” so-called “normal” people.
This is so important, and I look forward to getting to know you better via our blogs! 🙂
hey julie! what a pleasure indeed to connect w u. i’m glad too. thank u for the empathic reach as well. we need to hear from u. keep on.
Hi Sana, I believe you have done amazingly well for yourself. I admire your philosophies on watching or reading scary movies. I love comedy because I feel I need lots of laughter in my life.
I hope my blog doesn’t discourage you from reading it, I don’t mean it to be a downer but I have suffered all kinds of abuse as a child except for sexual abuse (thank God). I have allowed those abuses to dictate who I am today and I am now saying “no way, no more.”
I am seeking God to help me change with help from my fellow bloggers because I long to be happy as you. Can’t say I love chocolate like you 🙂 but I could sure go for those massages except that I have a phobia about sanitary in public places, go figure because I’m sure that is exactly what I need to relax…lol.
I hope you will continue to educate me with your medical expertise in your blog and offer your opinion on my blog.
Blessings to you and your family.
too funny. u read the “about” page… clever u. smile. I am seeking God too. Thank u for sharing this. I want to stay connected, yes, w u. keep on.
Sana, I passed the Liebster Blog award on to you. If you choose to accept, you can read about it here…. http://bethparkerart.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/passing-on-the-liebster-award-and-an-early-bird/
thank u sooo much dear beth. u honor me, friend. big hugs!
Love your blog. Thanks for having it.
stephen, i am pumped knowing u r reading and your snack-size comments r of high value to me :). keep talking.
Hello Dr. Quijada,
More fun coming your way, because I nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award! 🙂 Thank you for the many ways you go about helping people each day! May God bless you!
sweet paulette, i’m super happy bout this :). u r a sweetie. i’ve thunk and thunk what to do, say and am going to act …soon ;). big hugs coming your way.
Delightful blog! Thank you Sana, much strength and gentleness to you today.
hello guru. gotta luv that name! smiling big. thank u for your attention and blessings. connecting with you, even in this thin thread, is important to me. keep on.
Fantastic blog. What do you think of the relationship between the doctor and the ex-patient? Can they have an intimate relationship if they’ve only had several consultations?
Thank u Amy. I don’t know where u r from (country/state, etc) but in the US, it’s considered unethical
Thought I would drop in and say hello, colleague to colleague. I’m a psychiatrist practicing in North Carolina. My presence here in the blogosphere is strictly avocational- medicine takes up far too much of my life as it is! I expect most of us feel that way.
It’s a pleasure to meet you through the ether.
All the best to you! -Mark Snyder, MD
Hello Mark!!! What fun to hear from u. Psych can b isolating but we r finding ways lk this to connect. Thk u so much for reaching out. I would love love it to hear more from u. Keep on.
Isn’t that the truth! Where I work is quite rural and quite isolated, but we do the best we can, don’t we?
mark, if u ever start looking for a place to relocate, please consider my site. i’m needing some partnering-up-help. if u know of any other psych MD’s… also, would b so grateful if u pass my “number” along to them. keep on.
Certainly. Thanks for thinking of me!
Thank You for everything you do for me so I can do for myself.
You are welcome, friend. Keep on
I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way…
I have posted the award and link to it here I hope you will accept it or at least the sentiment behind it! http://artisticlyxpressedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/awards-and-shared-gifts/
First off, you made my week. You are so welcome.
And the award, Thank you! much. i’m going to check it out. keep on, Joe.
Dear Dr. Q,
What is the best way to reach you?
Great to hear from u
Hello, should an individual who began medication for depression and anxiety in middle school, and who is now an adult, be resigned to taking medication for the rest of their life? Having “grown up” with medication, the individual has never really learned true coping/problem-solving without medication. With adulthood comes wisdom and growth and a greater capacity for higher thought so it seems like the individual has the possibility of living a medication-free life if only they could be weaned off of the medication responsibly.
This is a multi-pronged idea. To tease it apart, we are looking at 1) coping skills when you ask about wisdom and growth’s effect on need for ongoing medication vs med-free, 2) Biology and genetic loading – what’s the family history of mental illness, has patient had multiple episodes (which will signal differently in re: to risk of relapse), 3) Risks and Benefits – Weighing the disabling impact of the disease processes on patient’s life against the risks with medications – many of us don’t consider how much psychic suffering goes on with the illness compared to what we don’t like about taking medication, 4) Impact of disease process on future brain health – mental illnesses in general are progressive, and the medication therapies not only treat the current symptoms but also are prophylactic (preventative and protective) against further brain insult, 5) Even though the patient has been on medication for a long time, what is the current condition of the disease and the treatment response? Is the patient fully treated? Symptom free? Or is the patient with ongoing symptomatology even if improved from prior to treatment? For example, if the patient’s depression has resolved but they still have symptoms of anxiety then they at a higher risk if medications are stopped. Does this help? Let me know if there are further questions. It’s my pleasure. Keep on
Much to think about here. Definitely not action that would be considered lightly. Thank you very much.
For sure. I know it’s not the most articulate but it’s a start for more conversation. Keep talking.
You’re welcome to join us tonight for NAMI. We are discussing this very topic incidentally. 🙂
Topic: Medication: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
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I have a conflict but appreciate the invite.
np. be well
btw, this is a fantastic question!