Q&A with Dickson Jean, MD, Psychiatrist

Apicha Community Health Center Nov 25, 2015  

psychiatrist

Dr. Jean serves as the staff psychiatrist at Apicha Community Health Center and is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He provides psychiatric care for all patients including evaluating, diagnosing and managing acute and chronic mental health conditions.

Dr. Jean is well experienced in providing psychotherapy or medication management, as appropriate. He is Attending Physician and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel.

A graduate of McGill University School of Medicine in Canada, Dr. Jean completed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

1. When did you first become interested in psychiatry? Please explain.

I discovered psychiatry in medical school during my clerkship year. During that time, we were exposed to all the different specialities.

In the beginning, I thought I would be the most interested in family medicine because of the collaborative relationships family doctors form with their patients. They were the type of doctors who you could go to if you had the flu, or if you had a family problem you needed to talk to someone about.

After my rotation in psychiatry, I discovered how in fact it was the speciality that seemed to best match how I wanted to practice as a doctor.


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2. Describe your teaching experience at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel.

I taught medical students and trained residents in psychiatry. I enjoyed the experience of teaching future doctors how psychiatry can help patients take care of their physical as well as mental health issues. I also saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate how important it was for all doctors, not just psychiatrists, to approach seeing their patients as whole person and not just their illnesses.

3. What health routines do you follow in your personal life?

Research shows that moderate exercise helps with your heart and mental health. It improves mood and lowers stress. I try to find a way to stick with a fitness routine even if there is temptation to skip because of time or feeling slightly tired.

The key thing to staying motivated is being prepared to respond to the voice of temptation that tells you to avoid going to the gym. Remind yourself why it's useful or even fun to go. Telling yourself,"I should" or "I have to" sometimes is not enough and might make you feel guilty which doesn't always help motivation.

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