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Reluctant Patients: The Mental Health of Doctors

Reluctant Patients: The Mental Health of Doctors

The British medical journal, The Lancet, surveyed a number of studies that discuss troubling statistics on suicide and depression among American physicians. The subject is not new, but the studies attempt to provide a few new insights.

A 2004 analysis in The American Journal of Psychiatry found that male doctors were 1.41 times more likely to commit suicide than other men. The statistic for female doctors was significantly higher, 2.27.

The cause of the increased rates is not known, but the problem seems to start in medical school.

Read the remainder of Dr Henderson's blog here.

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