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Doctors could be depressed too

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  1. Jermeen Wadie

    Jermeen Wadie Young Member

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    One of the most important specialties in the medical field are the Psychiatrists; their main job is to relieve any negative feelings and thoughts through talking and also prescribing medicines, in other words, it is all about mental health care; and if the case is severe, the patient will stay in the hospital to be treated well and for group therapies with patients if needed.

    On the other side, people out of the medical field think the doctors are machines and none of them could be sensitive and could be depressed too. Depression is difficult for doctors especially those working in the emergency department because they have to save patient's lives quickly and some of them couldn't be saved. It is not just for old people who go through heart attacks or other complications from cancer patients; they could see people rushing with patients from dangerous accidents, disasters and terrorists' attacks, people are screaming everywhere and blood on the floor.

    All of these scenes are replayed as flashback movies in his mind several times, having trouble in sleeping and could see nightmares every day. He couldn't spend a good time with his family and kids; thinking about his cases in the intensive care unit who are in coma and patients who died in front of him.

    Doctors should be satisfied with the feeling that he is a human being who can feel happy, sad and depressed so they need to go to a psychiatrist, psychologists and life coach to be able to live a normal life as people out of the medical field.

    Recent studies in JAMA reviewed that all of the literature on depression and depressive symptoms and resident physicians they found more than 50 studies on the subject research shows that almost 30% of resident physicians suffer from either symptoms or diagnosis of depression. The numbers and how they compare to other professions are almost beside the point. Physicians are in a unique position of needing to care for others continuously.

    A study published in 2008 surveyed physicians in Michigan asking them about their work experiences as well as their depressive symptoms, it showed that more than 11% reported moderate to severe depression scores and about 25% of them reported knowing a doctor whose professional standing had been hurt by being depressed. Physicians with moderate to severe depression had a decrease in work productivity and job satisfaction. They were also two to three times more likely to say that they were worried about, or had difficulty getting mental health care.

    Another study in 2012 in JAMA surgery found that more than 15% of the members of the American College of Surgeons had a score in screening tests consistent with alcohol abuse or dependence. Among female surgeons, the prevalence was more than 25% of those who were depressed were significantly more likely to abuse or be dependent on alcohol.

    Doctors have much easier access to drugs than others. Because of this, they are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than the general population. Anesthesiologists have access to even more drugs than other physicians and their problems are even more common as a study at 2015 of anesthesia residency training programs found that 80% of anesthesiologists reported experiences with impaired residents and almost 20% had experiences with at least one abuse-related death of a doctor in training.


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