Thursday Born

The everyday life of a psychiatry resident (who was born on a Thursday).

5 Jesus Christs, 1 room

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Today we had “Professor’s Rounds,” where one of us picks a patient and presents the case to the group and an Attending doctor. Then we bring the patient in and watch the Attending interview the patient.

Today, prompted by the chosen patient’s lack of “insight” (ie, the patient believed he/she was absolutely fine and not ill in any way), our Attending shared a quick, amusing story with us.

He once had five patients who all believed they were Jesus Christ, so he decided to see if meeting each other might help them gain some insight. A couple of them got angry, “How dare these people think they’re me?!” Others who were quiet during the meeting later approached him, and commented on how sad and obviously crazy these other people were, thinking that they were also Jesus.

It’s quite fascinating what we can become convinced of, isn’t it? The psychiatric cases are the most dramatic and oftentimes entertaining stories to share, but it happens to the conventionally sane appearing too (anti-vaccinationists come to mind).

Written by Aba

October 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

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  1. Our minds are truly amazing. I have a psychology degree so cases like you just talked about are so fascinating. The human brain is so awesome and I wish I knew more about it!

    Becca

    October 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

  2. that’s really interesting… I can’t wait until May when I have my psych rotation!

    cate

    October 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm

  3. How interesting and sad at the same time.

    Yvonne

    October 26, 2011 at 10:58 am


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