3 Questions with Dr. Paul Fallon, Outpatient Services

1. Was medicine/psychiatry your first career choice and what attracted you to the field?

From early on I’ve been intrigued by the idea that there could be ways to understand and maybe influence for the better how the mind works. I’ve seen psychiatry as a way to be part of that. I still find it a privilege that people are willing to share their stories and trust that we might do them some good.

2. Name one thing that you wish more people understood about the professional role and the daily work of a physician practicing outpatient behavioral medicine?

I’m impressed that referrals from clinicians are thoughtful and indicate an accurate awareness of what we have to offer in terms of medication assistance. I would also say the majority of clients have a pretty good sense of what we can do, as well as our limitations. One thing I could say is that I think it’s valid for a person to be referred for an informational session to discuss whether medication could be part of their treatment, even if they feel they don’t want medication right now.

3. How does your past practice and board certification(s) guide your current work at Lahey Health Behavioral Services?

It is reassuring to have an accepted base of knowledge to draw on; over time I think it’s natural to develop one’s own treatment biases. I think the goal to strive for is to incorporate and balance the ideas of people who study such things with personal experience of what seems to work.