In this week’s employee podcast, we talked to Kelly Miltimore Patrick, a registered nurse within the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine. Through a family diagnosis, Patrick realized that her path as a nurse was leading to psychiatry.
She talks about the diagnosis, how it inspired her to change directions and why she wants to give back to others going through similar circumstances.
“If we can get to a place where we can start looking at mental illness as symptoms and realizing that they are not choices, then we will be able to move past the stigma,” said Patrick. “I think we are still so far away from it.”
Did you know?
- The Michigan Medicine psychiatric care facility is one of the best in the country, and was one of the very first to provide modern diagnosis and research on mental disorders.
- In the late 1890s, U-M Professor of Nervous Diseases and Electrotherapeutics William J. Herdman (M.D. 1875) set the wheels in motion to build a psychopathic hospital for the care and study of mental illness.
- 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.
- Nearly 1 in 5 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.
- 1 in 100 American adults live with schizophrenia.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
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If you or someone you know needs help, please:
- Talk to your doctor
- Connect with other individuals and families
- Visit the Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry website
- Visit NAMI.org