Dra. Lida Prypchan

Psychiatrist & WriterWriting and meditating at the intersection of psychiatry, philosophy, Buddhism and the arts.

Dr. Prypchan was trained at the University of Carabobo as a doctor; as a psychiatrist at the Central University of Venezuela, Harvard University and the Monte Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where she also worked for two years in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Prypchan writes about the interrelationship between Psychiatry, Philosophy and the Arts for her non-profit organization Psychiatry Philosophy & Arts (PP+A).

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THE MAN OF SMALL DETAILS

Over and over again for two years, Lucia had seen him climb the empty stairs at night, walking steadily toward the hospital office where she was comfortably installed, absorbed in her reading, drowning in smoke and coffee, waiting for him to arrive. A tormented soul in need of help and medicine.

She had learned to recognise the footsteps of her friend, Mr. Alejandro, and when she saw him enter, she got up to shake hands with that man who “by force of destiny clung to solitude, without remedy and with consolation.”

Her friend Alejandro always told her that she had the faculties of a medium. On those occasions, Lucia answered him: “Yes, I serve as an intermediary between sanity and madness,” and he laughed. It was her destiny — she thought — to have a friend of that age, almost half a century older, a talkative friend, half visionary, a man with a great philosophy of life who understood her impatience as a young man would, but who scolded her like a father.

Perhaps, she mused, if he had been her father, they would not have communicated so well. Her father was not a great conversationalist, in fact he was ignorant of the art; he was pragmatic, he looked at things from a functional point of view.

Her mother, on the other hand, was an insightful conversationalist. She knew how to enjoy the company of people, she knew how to laugh at herself and make others laugh with her poignant black humour.

Her father — such a busy man, so preoccupied and always so eager for new and more complicated concerns. Her mother — so jovial, so eager to say goodbye to obligations and ties. When she saw her parents together, who were so different, she thought: “This is life, one always surrounds oneself with the opposite, as if to counteract oneself, as if bartering with destiny.”

Lucia had talked about this with her friend. Tenderness was drawn on his face and she felt sad because the memories were suddenly piling up in her head. A feeling of emptiness took hold of her at the thought that her father would die and the abyss between them would still be there. Inert. Without solution.

Human relationships can be so difficult. She thought it was a hopeless relationship because both she and her father were hiding from each other. It was stubbornness and intransigence.

With Mr. Alejandro, the relationship was very different. He was a friend and not a father, after all! He had a broad concept of people’s decisions, he was not authoritarian. He liked to talk and when they sat down to talk in the office there was an atmosphere of security and human warmth — after being in a cold world like the one on the street, where disappointments abound.

Mr. Alejandro was the man of small details. He was an inveterate idealist and a perfectionist. An observer and a very analytical being who constantly made an effort to understand, to help, to accompany — to delve into the small but important things in life. To enjoy the beautiful and pleasant and get away from what caused him discomfort and pain. And above all, he strived every day to be a better person.

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Modern Anxiety / Moder Woman:

A collection of essays by Lida Prypchan “This collection of essays spans many years. Roughly divided into fiction, criticism and a wider social analysis, these pieces are an attempt to express what I see. In literature, in film, in history and in life - I have tried to elucidate patterns, and exceptions, with some psychological coherence.” - Lida Prypchan

Why Modern Anxiety? Anxiety has always been with us, but what is anxiety in a technological society? If our tolerance for sensory stimulus is finite, when do we reach breaking point in our frenetic world with its 24 hour media, its visual onslaught, its relentless material aspiration? If happiness is found in moderation, what becomes of us in a world of extremes?

Why Modern Woman? There is a focus in these pieces on the outer reaches, or extremes, of the romantic experience – impossible love, tragic love, disappointments that scar us for life. Are these ‘female’ themes, or simply attempts to describe the most human of experiences? Undoubtedly we see more writing by and about women, but after millennia of silence, of being almost entirely undocumented and without context – do we even know what a woman is? Ecclesiastes says there is no new thing under the sun, but perhaps a new perspective is possible – and what a weary world needs most.

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Modern Anxiety, Modern Woman: Australia: A collection of essay by girls aged 15-25, with an Introduction by Lida Prypchan

In May 2020, with the pandemic in its early months, Non Profit organisations Psychiatry, Philosophy the Arts and The House That Dan Built launched a writing competition for Australian girls aged 15 25 on the theme s of anxiety and creativity. The response was overwhelming. Featured here are the thirteen selected essays which reflect, with startling honesty and acuity, what it is to be a young woman in increasingly uncertain times.

“I have described anxiety as the destruction of thought. Subjectively, it is a state of uncertainty, apprehension and helplessness in the face of a vague or imprecise danger. In itself, anxiety is not abnormal; it’s a natural response to a situation that threatens us. Anxiety becomes irrational when we exaggerate the response – when, in all or in the majority of our activities, we allow it to destroy our thoughts. Here, the matter is complicated as extreme anxiety can easily lead us to depression – or even to suicide. Anxiety is worrying in young people as it interrupts and distorts a critical time in their development. On a more human level, it robs them of what could, and should, be a relatively unencumbered time in their lives. Anxiety in the young is a waste of joy.” Lida Prypchan.

 

 

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Lida Prypchan

Welcome. I am Lida Prypchan MD, attending psychiatrist at the Wyoming Behavioral Institute in Casper, Wyoming. I specialize in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with over two decades of experience. I began as early as my teen years, conduct ing patient interviews for my father in his psychiatric practice in my homeland, Venezuela.

After obtaining my M.D. degree at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela, I made the move to Pittsburgh, Penn., where I lived for six years. I was fortunate to work as a research associate with Matcheri Keshavan, M.D. in the field of schizophrenia then with Duncan Clark, M.D. in the field of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with substance abuse at Pittsburgh Adolescent Alcohol Research Center. Later, I joined Juan Mezzich, M.D. and worked on several World Psychiatric Association projects on Diagnostic Classification Systems in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
To sum up my background, I was trained at the University of Carabobo as a doctor; and as a psychiatrist at the Central University of Venezuela, Harvard University and the Monte Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where I also worked for two years in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
My thesis, titled “Karl Gustav Jung and Family Therapy, presented in December 1999, won 3rd place at UCV and I have written over 150 published articles. I m very proud to be a three time recipient of the National Award of Scientific Journalism in Venezuela.
Today, I write about the interrelationship between Psychiatry, Philosophy and the Arts for my non profit organization Psychiatry Philosophy Arts (PP+ The‘ Modern Anxiety, Modern Woman ’ ( series is the most recent of our publications, featuring an initial anthology of my essays,
both clinical and literary in their scope.
Under the MAMW umbrella, the PP+A team and I are now seeking to empower young women around the world by inviting them to share their experience of anxiety. How do they use the art s to mitigate the associated challenges? How do they ‘use ’anxiety as a force for creative expression?
We are currently working with young women in South America, Wyoming USA and other parts of the world and looking forward to taking our PP+A mission even further afield:
1) To promote the connections between our three pillars: psychiatry, philosophy and the arts.
2) To provide a safe space for discussion about the mind, psychiatric conditions, philosophy and the impact of art on mind and spirit.

… on Philosophy
“My Buddhist practice and my Master and Disciple relationship with my father and other mentors have been paramount to my development as a human being and therefore as a psychiatrist… I wouldn’t have been able to overcome the challenges I met under the pressure of passing rigorous exams as a student who was older than most, if not all, of her U.S. medical school classmates if I hadn’t begun to practice Buddhism.”
“When I began my practice in 1988, I felt as though I was a leaf spun around by the wind, but 20 years later, I feel more like a tree, robust and rooted in the ground of reality.”
“Life
is a search, a seeking spirit, seeking conclusion. What we want is to find freedom, peace and to manifest our potential… How can this be accomplished? Through unification, not compartmentalization.”

… on the Arts

“I very much enjoy the literary and visual arts. When I’m not practicing psychiatry, I spend a good deal of my time reading books (especially biographies) and seeing movies that explore a combination of psychiatric and philosophical themes.”

 

Life is a search, a seeking spirit, seeking conclusion. What we want is to find freedom, peace and to manifest our potential… How can this be accomplished? Through unification, not compartmentalization.”

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