Diagnosis/Area of Expertise: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Anorexia
Focus: Medication, Healthcare Utilization, Guilt, Apathy, Stigma, Education
Resources Used: Research, CBT, Mindfulness, Exercise, Support Network
I'm Shaina - science nerd, pseudo-vegetarian, ultimate frisbee enthusiast, and aspiring mental health care provider. The latter wasn’t even on my radar until 2012, when in the span of a few months I moved across the country to a city that was reeling from a recent mass shooting at a local movie theater, jumped out the window of my apartment to escape from a deadly arson, learned that my sister had been institutionalized 2,000 miles away in critical condition, and mourned 26 friends and neighbors who were murdered at the elementary school in my hometown. The common thread? Mental illness. Witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of this epidemic has provided me with perspective and compassion, and has shifted the focus of my studies to psychopharmacology. I hope to pay it forward by using my experiences and training to help others struggling with mental illness and work together to erase the stigma.