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"A Look Inside" was created by myself during my Residency training in psychiatry. It quite possibly was the only show of its kind — a psychiatry talk show hosted by a psychiatry resident. The fundamental theme of the show was "The Self" and it explored facets of the Mind, Brain, and Beyond, with discussions in psychiatry, psychology and spirituality. The material presented was largely unheard of on commercial radio and TV, different from everything else on the airwaves.

I believe that everyone, deep down, wants to understand their Self - who they are, what makes them tick. I think it is of great utility to have an understanding of subjects that influence us all - namely, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Drugs and Substance Abuse, Sexual Disorders, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders, Personality Disorders, Dementia and Cognitive Disorders, Spirituality, and Psychotherapy. Perhaps with some understanding of these things, people will learn about themselves and others.

Many of us have friends or family members with some sort of emotional or disabling mental condition. Most don't seek help or know what kind of help is available. Many are afraid of the stigma surrounding mental health. The popular myths surrounding psychiatry were explored on the show so that people could understand the facts. It is crucial to present this information in a positive healthy way, which is not usually done when it concerns mental health. Talking about Schizophrenia, for example, and actually interviewing a patient over the air {which was done on the show}, hopefully helped erase the myth that people living with this illness are all institutionalized, unproductive or homeless burdens on society.

Guests on the show were experts, mostly psychiatrists, specializing in virtually every topic in mental health and illness. I sincerely appreciated your time and listenership. Hopefully, in the near future, such a show can be created again.

Larry Momaya, MD
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology