In 2001, I was awarded my Ph.D., in Clinical Health Psychology, from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.
Eighteen years later, I’m a full-time patient, who is also working part-time. You could say that I’m an unhealthy health psychologist.
It’s an undeniable reality that doctors who have personally been patients are better able to relate to the challenges that their patients face. In my case, my health challenges are chronic in nature.
My personal experiences with adjusting to multiple chronic conditions are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, my firsthand experiences allow me to more effectively relate to the challenges that my patients face.
On the other hand, those very same health challenges create difficulities with being able to respond consistently to my patients’ ongoing needs. Periodic fluctuations in my symptoms make it extremely difficult to exhibit a uniform work performance.