Dr. Juliana Fort is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport where she is the Psychiatry Medical Student Clerkship Director and the Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Fort is a graduate of the LSU Health Shreveport -- School of Medicine and completed her Psychiatric residency and Child and Adolescent Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is board certified in Child and Adolescent, Geriatric, Forensic, and Addiction Psychiatry and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is a registered play therapist/supervisor and enjoys training in the Expressive Art Therapies that enrich psychotherapy, wellness, and personal growth through Drama Therapy, Improvisation, and Art and Poetry therapy.
Six out of ten neurologists in the United States are experiencing some form of burnout, and research suggests similar rates worldwide. Burnout is characterized by the ICD 11 as “overwhelming fatigue and emotional exhaustion, feelings of cynicism, detachment from the job, a sense of ineffectiveness, and a lack of personal accomplishment”.
The cumulative stress of caring for a person with a chronic neurological disorder can contribute to burnout, both among physicians and patient families. Expressive arts techniques using visual art, drama, music, creative writing, and movement, can be used to promote neurologists’ resilience and self care.