Suzy Rowe

The student chapter for Psi Beta at Lorain County Community College welcomed Dr. Michael Seng to the iLoft for an evening of discussions on psychology. During the Feb. 13 meeting, psychology students listened to Seng, a local psychiatrist and internist, on his brand of psychiatry and methods for diagnosis and rehabilitation.

Seng has his own practice, A Starting Point Inc., located in Sheffield Village. He has been in practice for over 31 years. As a Lorain native and graduate from LCCC with his Associates in ’75, Seng was impressed by the changes. “It was much smaller when I came here, look at this space you guys have to eat and walk around; you guys are lucky.”

It is estimated that 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year within the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Seng spoke about struggles of mental illness and how to approach these in a doctor to patient setting. “A mistake a psychiatrist makes is treating each patient the same,” said Seng. He has seen over 30,000 patients in his career, “it’s fun to look for that different thing about them.” He explains the first step in psychiatry is getting to know the person who is sitting across from you.

Seng believes in medicine as a way to help people be their optimal selves.  “There’s no medicine that works better than the brain in its natural state,” affirmed Seng. But he believes it is sometimes medicine that can help someone get there.

Seng suggests reciting a specific incantation daily, “All I need is within me now.” The power of spoken word and implementing a positive affirmation into your day to day can be an effective tool in moving forward.

“If you’re walking into a meeting; stop, say your incantation and remind yourself of the three things you want to get across. You will lead that conversation,” said Seng.

Mental illness was not the only topic discussed. Seng gave advice that could apply to anyone. “When we feel,” he explains, “that is when we activate our prefrontal cortex and we are truly experiencing our day-to-day lives. The prefrontal cortex is where we love from, where we pray from, it’s off for most of our lives while we do things like get in our car, drive. People who meditate practice keeping it on.”

Seng suggests that instead of hitting that snooze button in the morning, one should get up, throw some shoes and clothes on and go work out. It’s best if people do something to get their heart rate and emotions up first thing. “What we feel is our reality, you create that reality,” said Seng.

 Rachel Suhy, secretary of Psi Beta was in the crowd during the event. “I thought he did a great job, people who aren’t familiar with psychology can still listen and get great advice,” said Suhy. Suhy is graduating this spring with her bachelors in Psychology through the CSU partnership with LCCC. Her goal is to one day open a practice of her own.

Psi Beta’s Vice-President, Kelly Kudla, said the club will be inviting in a series of speakers this semester. Cristy Plas, Psi Beta’s President, organized this event along with Kudla and help from Psi Beta members.

The Psi Beta chapter is a great opportunity for anyone interested in psychology, they explain. Psi Beta will be taking a trip to the Psychology Museum on March 1 and plan to head to Chicago in May.