Doctors and Depression

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When Aaron was an intern, or a first-year doctor in training, he knew something was wrong with him. He had trouble sleeping. He had difficulty feeling joy. He was prone to crying at inopportune times. Even worse, he had trouble connecting with patients. He felt like he couldn’t please anyone, and he found himself susceptible to feelings of despair and panic.

He wasn’t alone. That’s the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage.

This was adapted from a column Aaron wrote at The Upshot. Links to further reading and references can be found there:

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Brian Clark says:

I have fought with depression ever since my divorce 3 years ago. But luckily I found the answer to my illness which is “fetching kafon press” (Google it). My self-esteem went back after days of days of reading through your book.

Dan Coco says:

Stopped watching when you said "commit suicide." Saying it like that makes the stigma worse.

Sam S says:

You know how therapists often go to therapy themselves, and some places even require that their employed therapists do so? That should be a thing with doctors as well.

Megan N says:

No one talks about mental health!!! Can we not keep this going? Everyone knows someone.

Mental Health with Dr Elliott says:

The more this is talked about the better so thanks for doing this. Hoping to contribute to this in my own small way on my new channel Mental Health with Dr Elliott. Any feedback is appreciated 🙂

Gerry Repash says:

I'm a psychotherapist who has an interest in helping physicians and surrgeons deal with anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, this is very underreported and i would proffer that most of the general public have no idea this is going on.Thank you for sharing your struggle.

Qonita BadegesTM says:

depressed docs can't help no body.
please get out of the field NOT out
of this life just out of the field damn

Stephanie Crisp says:

too bad so few people care about people who are depressed due to rape and other abuse.
shame so many actively push others to self loathing.
sad to see so many bullied to death.
good bye.

DiegoCivera says:

Could you make more videos about mental health pleeeaase? Emotional health is also included in the full health spectrum.

No this is Patrick says:

Could a surgeon be denied a license because he says he is feeling anxious or depressed?

Jose Cuervo says:

Of course doctors are depressed. Just watch one season of greys anatomy.

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