Use Your EQ not just your IQ
by Richard Oguguo Igwe

Tags: multimedia - music - out_of_our_heads - postnatal depression - psychiatry - psychiatry and ethics -

Name called, appalled with eyes on the floor
Shuffle, muffled voice, trying to stall at the door
Already called, downfall is beginning
Scared to call out for the fear of the sinning
Cradling, fear of labelling in a hand that's broke
Hope for enabling, hold back tears as I choke
Hope to invoke a smile, I walk in with greeting
Standing, contemplating, waiting for please be seated
Hi, why, when so lets take a look
Too shook up for words straight out of a book
Out of luck now, referred straight to a third party
You can't start me, I'm not a car you see
There is more to me, this is more of an art you see
This is the manifest of the depressed
Never request for help so I always suppress
This is all a test, scared of an inquest
Too messed to realise it looks like my child I detest
Shorn of my partner, stand alone torn
No time to mourn hands full with newborn
Newborn, newborn begins to cry,
Its beat so rhythmic, I just want it to die
So I pull back my fist, clenched, miss
But I just want it to die

Use your EQ not just your IQ
Then your consultation will fly-true

Reflection

The song is about a woman who goes to the doctor with an injured hand. The doctor treats the situation as a routine consultation and only tries to heal the illness without looking at the whole picture of how her injury really happened. The truth is that she is suffering from postnatal depression after the birth of her child and departure of her husband. She is so angry that she took out her frustration and attempted to punch the child.

Even thought it is a very dramatic and (maybe) unrealistic situation it tries to emphasise how doctors should try and take a holistic approach and heal the whole problem, as often the physical illness is liked to the patient's emotions. That's why the second to last line which reads "Use your EQ not just your IQ" EQ (emotional intelligence) was a theme that was talked about a lot in Whole Person Care and how a doctor needs to constantly develop and nurture it to be the best to himself and his patients. In this last line I was trying to stress how a doctor has to be both scientifically and emotionally tuned in to get to the crux of their patients problems.

The process of creating the work was hard because it was difficult to convey the message I wanted to put across and make sure that it rhymed and that emphasis was put in the correct places. I found that I had to create a song from scratch to make sure it suited the lyrics. It was also hard trying to imagine myself as the character and the range of emotions that she would be going through, such as anger, confusion and neglect. However overall it was enjoyable experience as it allowed me to express my creative side through music and apply it to medicine.

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Comments

Becca

19 March 2012 - 11:25:01
"This rap is an extremely powerful piece. Not only because a baby is involved and you immediately feel compassion for the child, but because the mother is attempting to seek help from her GP but he is unable to see past her physical injuries. This, I believe, highlights the frustration of the GP consultation, that they have 10 minutes to try and discover what somebodies real reason for being there is. I think the author of this piece has shown this in a very modern,original and effective way."

Anthony

28 October 2017 - 07:31:32
"This masterpiece is truly inspiring in the sense that it conveys the message of the patient as well as the doctor and deals with the situation as a whole with a great sense of realism. The work definitely evokes a sense of superficial happiness that some health professionals accept for face value and do not concern themselves with the underlying issues. The author has made an excellent art piece in which despite difficulties the balance between conveying emotion and rapping rhythmically and in rhyme has been well achieved. "

Kola

06 November 2018 - 09:04:28
"I applaud the ability of the author to tune into and convey the different emotions the patient was feeling in a poetic and storytelling manner. You could get the sense that the patient felt sad, angry, disappointed and ashamed. I particularly loved the line 'There is more to me, this is more of an art you see' which highlights that there is an art to medicine and it is not about having all the scientific knowledge alone. I also love that the author was able to touch on a range of pressing issues in medicine including; the difficulties patients face in opening up in a short GP consultation, the difficulties doctors face in trying to find out what the real problem is while being very pressed for time, the importance of taking a holistic approach to medicine, the importance of emotional intelligence all while shining a light on postnatal depression and the emotional toll single parenthood can have."

Kola

06 November 2018 - 09:04:52
"I applaud the ability of the author to tune into and convey the different emotions the patient was feeling in a poetic and storytelling manner. You could get the sense that the patient felt sad, angry, disappointed and ashamed. I particularly loved the line 'There is more to me, this is more of an art you see' which highlights that there is an art to medicine and it is not about having all the scientific knowledge alone. I also love that the author was able to touch on a range of pressing issues in medicine including; the difficulties patients face in opening up in a short GP consultation, the difficulties doctors face in trying to find out what the real problem is while being very pressed for time, the importance of taking a holistic approach to medicine, the importance of emotional intelligence all while shining a light on postnatal depression and the emotional toll single parenthood can have."

Alex

06 November 2018 - 09:27:46
"This is a great rap song with a succinct but strong and direct message showing the perspective of a patient seeing the GP but also simultaneously showing the perspective of the doctor. It is difficult to write a good rap song but even more difficult to do so using a clinical setting as a source of inspiration. It gives a sense of truth to the listener regarding how difficult and sometimes frustrating it may be for a GP to interact with a patient whilst still trying to accurately diagnose and help whilst also having a holistic approach. The last two lines show the essence and the main point of this piece of music namely that it is ought that doctors can make use of both emotions and knowledge to help their patients and thus make the most out of their consultations."