Suicide among physicians is a staggering public health crisis that has gone largely ignored; one physician shares his insight.
An intense culture of performance and achievement, coupled with ever-growing expectations is causing distress — if not mental illness — in medical students.
Death and serious outcomes resulting from overdose or poisoning from drugs used to treat depression more than doubled during the last decade and a half, found a recent study, with amitriptyline topping the list.
Despite the clear role of culture in suicidal behavior, it is often neglected by clinicians.
Physicians should take action to standardize care-seeking within their organization, including encouraging colleagues to take time off for vacation and sick leave.
"Having 5 or more health systems affected by disease over the study period increased by >11 times the risk of suicide, and the presence of this multiplicity of morbidities accounts for about ¾ of the deaths by suicide [in the current sample]," the authors wrote in their publication.
"The clinician's role is to understand the nature, magnitude, intensity, and frequency of that pain."
Odds of a suicide attempt were higher in arthritis patients experiencing chronic pain.
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