Author: Mollika Hossain

Mollika Hossain (1 Posts)

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Florida State University College of Medicine


Mollika Hossain is a third year medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine. She enjoys stuffing her face with dangerously spicy Thai food, watching junk reality television, and writing poetry for her creative blog. An optimist at heart, she often attempts to do all three simultaneously!

Mastering an MD with MDD: An Initiative to Destigmatize Mental Illness in Medicine

I am just a medical student who happens to suffer from complicated Major Depressive Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder. The statistics all say that medical students/physicians are more prone to mental illness, but not many of us come out and share our mental health issues candidly. This column emerged out of my need to voice for change. I see no shame in starting the conversation and opening up about my journey through medical school with mental illness. Through this column, I hope to reach out to my fellow students who are enduring similar struggles, demonstrating to them that they are not alone and that it is perfectly possible to be a successful physician even with mental illness. In addition, I would like to offer a unique perspective to those who cannot relate in order to create more understanding about each other within the medical field. The stigma surrounding mental illness in medicine may not have started with us, but it can certainly end with us if we collectively rise up, raise awareness and demand change. As a famous revolutionary once stated, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I wish to follow in his footsteps.




Mollika Hossain (1 Posts)

Columnist

Florida State University College of Medicine


Mollika Hossain is a third year medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine. She enjoys stuffing her face with dangerously spicy Thai food, watching junk reality television, and writing poetry for her creative blog. An optimist at heart, she often attempts to do all three simultaneously!

Mastering an MD with MDD: An Initiative to Destigmatize Mental Illness in Medicine

I am just a medical student who happens to suffer from complicated Major Depressive Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder. The statistics all say that medical students/physicians are more prone to mental illness, but not many of us come out and share our mental health issues candidly. This column emerged out of my need to voice for change. I see no shame in starting the conversation and opening up about my journey through medical school with mental illness. Through this column, I hope to reach out to my fellow students who are enduring similar struggles, demonstrating to them that they are not alone and that it is perfectly possible to be a successful physician even with mental illness. In addition, I would like to offer a unique perspective to those who cannot relate in order to create more understanding about each other within the medical field. The stigma surrounding mental illness in medicine may not have started with us, but it can certainly end with us if we collectively rise up, raise awareness and demand change. As a famous revolutionary once stated, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I wish to follow in his footsteps.