Dr Sarah Hutton discusses Mood Disorders. Its fairly simple when you break it into sad and happy (or is it)?
I am currently an Advanced Trainee in consultation liaison psychiatry with my specialist training having been with HNET based mostly in Newcastle. I have a special interest in perinatal mental health and am leaving Newcastle in 2017 on secondment for the bright lights of Sydney where I have taken up a specialist perinatal training position based at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick. I hope to bring a lot of experience back home with a plan for the future to have more perinatal mental health services in the local area. As a junior doctor I always thought that I would do GP training with psychiatry not even being a blip on my radar. I asked to do a psychiatry term as a JMO as I knew it would be helpful and fell in love. I then asked to do another term, then applied for an SRMO position with my love the area growing, until whilst on maternity leave applying for a training position. I have enjoyed teaching throughout my medical career and always try to make it fun and enjoyable. I have a very dry sense of humour at times which comes out a fair bit when I am teaching so I apologise in advance for my pretty bad jokes! I am originally from the UK, having done my medical degree through Leicester Medical School, graduating in 2007. From there I did my Foundation Year 1 (internship) at York District Hospital before making the big move down under with my husband in 2008. My love of all things Australian developed from my 4th year medical elective where I spent almost 2 months in Wagga Wagga and I knew following this that I belonged in Australia. Since then I have dragged my parents over here and became an Australian citizen in 2013. Outside of work I am a mum to two fabulous young boys, a black labrador and a goldfish who all keep me on my toes. I also love all things musical theatre and have found a perfect work-life balance performing in several local productions over the past couple of years. I remember having to make a very serious decision in my early teens as to whether I was going to follow my passion of singing and head for the West End or follow my dream of becoming a doctor. It turns out I didn’t need to choose either or and I absolutely adore these two very different branches of my life.