Depression in Doctors
09 May 2016
We see health professionals as people who make sacrifices to ensure that others live healthy & better.
They are always there. They take care of us in sickness and assure us and our families that all will be OK. They are hope builders, next to god and we depend on them.
But the constant burden to keep patients healthy even at the expense of their family, personal life and sleep time too, leads to their own mental health and physical health being compromised.
They are always trying to build hope in others even when their own life is going through a rough phase.
Medical health professionals & physicians are extremely prone to mental health concerns because of their lifestyle and the kind of mental state they have to be in all day.
Physicians experience major depression and the rate is 15% to 30% higher than the general population.
A longitudinal study was conducted among the medical students at the University of California, San Francisco and the results showed that when the students enter medical school, their rates of depression are similar to those of the general population, but as they move towards more medical education, the rate of depression scores was on a rise. About one-fourth of first- and second-year students were depressed.
Why are the health professionals so prone to psychological issues?
· Tight schedules,
· Close encounter with pain, hopelessness,worry of so many families that they treat and help
· Constant alertness for emergencies,
· Fears of failures
· Dealing with negativities and pain of others
· Lack of proper sleep or eating habits
· Self- criticism
· Stress of Patient's health all the time
· Poor family life and very less time for self
What are the indications?
· Irritability and anger
· Frequent interpersonal conflict
· Marked alterations in energy, and productivity
· Sudden behavioral changes at the office or hospital
· Isolation and withdrawal
· Increased errors or inattention with respect to patient’s calls
· Frequent mood swings
· Impulsivity in decision making or action
· Inappropriate dressing
· Less attention to hygiene
· Aberrant sleep and eating habits
· Inconsistency in performance, absenteeism
Why is there a resistence to consult a mental health professional among the health fraternity?
Despite being in a need of a mental health professionals, they often hesitate to reach out for help because:
They have no time! They are working from morning to evening, a time when mental health practioners are working too. Because of this, they get no time to seek help.
They don't know they are under depression and often mistake depression to be general fatigue.
They don't know how to initiate help seeking.
They see seeking help as a sign of weakness though this is very wrong sessions.
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