The Results are In: Strengths Survey

This is a good time of the year. The semester has ended, and we are taking a quick break before we start our next classes. The seasons have just changed over, and with that, many more changes. Perhaps some of us are gearing up for the New Year and the change that it represents. It…

Free ways to improve your mental health

Last year, at the third annual Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Health and Wellness Summit, Jennifer Brandt, director of individual and organizational development at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said, Eating properly, getting adequate sleep, drinking plenty of water while limiting alcohol consumption, and getting exercise may seem unimaginative, but they’re…

Soldiering On

Our latest shared experience emphasizes how emotionally difficult vet school  can be – even when it isn’t academics causing the problems. Yesterday in a lab, one of our classmates lost consciousness and had to be transported to the hospital, where she remains as of this evening. I heard from several people how traumatic it was…

Stress and Disease and Dysfunction, Oh My!

Last installment, we went over the stress response – what it is, how it works, and the unfortunate fact that it is applied to both physical and psychological stressors. This week, we’re going to look at the effects that a prolonged exposure to stress can cause. In essence, this week we’re going to answer the…

A fear of failure

Fail fast. Fail often. Fail forward. That’s how you got into veterinary school, right? A series of failures? That’s probably not how you think about it. You probably had a great GPA, lots of relevant experience to put on your resume, and a fine-tuned essay. Any time you did experience failure, and you did because…

The Type A Problem

Nice to meet you. Tell me about yourself. “Well, I am inherently high stress, anxious, and competitive. In fact, competition makes me even more stressed and anxious. I have to have my way and I think I know best, even though I often feel that I am not good enough. How about you, what are…

Perception

This poster shares experiences related to some of the (unfortunately) common perception of mental illness within the general population, and indeed within the veterinary community. Take time to read it over and give your thoughts. As always, kind words and encouragement are appreciated! I wish there was someone I could talk to. Being alone in…

Stress: More Than a Headache

Hello, ladies and gents! Just in time for the start of the new semester, we’ll be starting a new series on the ins and outs of stress. How it works, what it does to you, and most importantly effective (backed by science!) methods to cope with stress. Most of this information comes from the book…

The Results are In: Stigma Survey

You know one thing we do at this blog is ask veterinary students important questions, and then see what we can learn from that data. We have changed the format in order to make use of the scientific information that is already published and to not detract from the work of those continuing to learn…