I was born in Punjab, India and grew up in the outskirts of metro Chicago, as a part of a large Indian family. I realized early on that depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other mental health issues were often looked at as “taboo” or were topics that were never openly discussed. In fact, these subjects were often looked down upon and “brushed under the rug”.
Being the first generation in this country, I have a multitude of goals and ambition to not only decrease the stigma surronding mental health in my own family but help others do the same. This was why I chose to pursue a degree in psychology during my undergraduate studies. From then on my interest grew, and I decided to pursue a medical degree in psychiatry.