Both physicians and the lay public often feel puzzled when they read an article highlighting a physician who dies by suicide. But she seemed to have it all: a high-power job, a fancy house, a caring spouse, beautiful children, and so much going for her. How come it ended this way?
As physicians, we excel at keeping it together at work. We do this at all costs until we have nothing left. This expectation is part of our training and socialization. How do we change the culture? We do so by starting the conversation:
❤️ Physicians are experiencing record-high rates of burnout and high rates of suicide.
❤️ Physicians have historically looked down on the field of psychiatry, to the point of discouraging bright medical students from pursuing it.
❤️ Physicians may not be underprivileged but are underserved in the area of mental health due to cultural and licensing barriers.
❤️ Most physicians lack insight into their mood disorders but may notice they feel overwhelmed or distant from their loved ones, or turn to food and alcohol to cope.
❤️ Physicians normalize struggle and overwhelm in their personal lives, but normalization doesn't equate to lack of a problem.
I loved part 1 of this important conversation with Dr. Jeannie Lawrence, a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and coach, who founded the program on Emotional Mastery for Women Physicians.
Tune in to this week's Dare to Dream Physician Podcast episode, and stay tuned for part 2!
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