Transitions are phases in our life that occur between beginnings and endings of major life events. A graduation, a marriage, a divorce, a death, moving away from home or changing schools are examples of major life transitions. With these transitions, there could be anxiety and excitement. It could leave a person with anxiety to manage the changes before them or depression from experiencing a significant loss. Adjusting to changes can also bring out an underlying mental illness like a thought or mood disorder or cause a person to hide behind an addiction or self injury. Although change can be hard, it can also be long anticipated. It can be revitalizing with the right kind of support to manage it. Transitions hint to us the necessity of change: to close the door of what-was and to open the door of what-could-be. It could be the long awaited transition to understanding a more authentic you.
Transition occurs when a person gets out of bed and goes out their door after being homebound for months from depression. Transition occurs when parents watches their child become a teenager. Transition occurs when a young adult experiences a difficult romantic break up. With these major life transitions, there are challenges to a person's identity as well as how the family relates to the individual. Transitions are disruptive, but also necessary and a natural part of life. As a psychiatrist, I aid with navigating the impact of transitions on an individual's identity development and their family. I am a witness to the resilience of a person moving through phases in their life: infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood and late adulthood. I am a partner in navigating the transitions on their journey toward self discovery.