YOU HAVE TO HOPE

David Chang tack­les ques­tions on men­tal health and how to look af­ter your­self in hos­pi­tal­ity.

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Contents - This is an edited tran­script of The Dave Chang Show pod­cast.

Ihave seen a psy­chi­a­trist, the same one, since 2003. Even when I lived abroad or lived else­where for months at a time open­ing a restau­rant or what­ever, we’d have phone ses­sions. It’s been the long­est and most reg­u­lar re­la­tion­ship I have ever been in. When I met him, he was in his late

30s and had just fin­ished his res­i­dency at med school, and now he looks like an old man, and so do I.

I had a hard time find­ing a psy­chi­a­trist. I re­mem­ber think­ing that there are a lot of ther­a­pists, but I didn’t want a ther­a­pist – I wanted to see some­one that was go­ing to deal with my brain and my psy­che. I wanted some­one that not only wanted to be a ther­a­pist but was in­ter­ested in psy­chother­apy – I wanted the full pack­age.

Un­for­tu­nately, the full pack­age is hard and ex­pen­sive. I think most peo­ple would con­sider me a cheap bas­tard be­cause I don’t spend money on any­thing ex­cept for food, but I’ve al­ways spent as much money as I had, or could af­ford, on men­tal health. And it wasn’t un­til I was 26 that I found the right guy. I had a few false starts with a few other med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als but I per­se­vered and I sug­gest you do that too.

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