'American Sniper' Hits (the Road) Home'“The film was a moving and accurate portrayal of the impact combat has on our soldiers and, especially, their families,” said Mark Pollack MD, chairman of Rush's Department of Psychiatry.
Many of my patients are stroke survivors or have other chronic illnesses — chronic and disabling illnesses — and my inpatient and outpatient work is primarily with that population.
In working with patients I take, what I call, a pragmatic approach. So I recognize that — particularly for patients who are chronically ill and/or disabled — many of the concerns they come in with are really grounded in making real life work again for them — so finding a way to return to work, finding a way to get their daily needs met, finding a way to manage pain or other aspects of physical debility. Working in rehab is really about optimizing outcomes in less than optimal situations. And I really love the fact that even when patients come to us with fairly significant medical illnesses — and often very significant psychiatric concerns — they are still able to make substantial gains, and they are still able to reclaim major parts of their lives.