This week’s CNS blog introduces one of our newest physicians to the team: Dr. Josh Kriegel! Dr. Kriegel is a psychiatrist seeing patients in our Westborough location.
What inspired you to become a psychiatrist?
I’ve always been interested in people and their stories. Why do people say and do the things they do? At first I thought I would find the answers in neuroscience and actually considered a career in brain research. But I ultimately realized there is no substitue for actually speaking with people and learning their stories.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a psychiatrist?
Without a doubt, it is the relationships you form with people, both patients and colleagues.
What is your favorite brain fact or trivia that you like to share with patients?
Scientists used to think the brain was rigid and that pathways in the brain could not be changed after adolescence. More recently we have learned about the immense plasticity and malleability of the brain. It is possible for the brain to change, even into adulthood — and dramatically so!
Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?
I play the piano and the guitar. I enjoy hiking, yoga, and recently have gotten into disc golf. When winter rolls around, you’ll find me shredding the slopes on skis.
If you could give one piece of advice to patients to promote mental health, what would it be?
If able, go on walks!
What is one misconception or myth about psychiatry that you would like to debunk?
The myth of the silver bullet treatment. Though medications can be profoundly helpful for many people, they can only take you so far. They also come with their own set of downsides and side effects. Psychological health and well-being are complex and multi-faceted, and there are no quick fixes to complex issues.
If you weren’t a doctor, what other profession do you think you would have pursued?
I would have loved to work in a creative field, perhaps a musician or a screenwriter.