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Physicians Who Take Their Own Lives

The rate of suicide is higher among physicians than among the general population, and the factors predisposing to suicide appear to differ between these two groups. We discuss research that examines the relationship of these predisposing factors to physician and non-physician suicides. Read More

obvious stressers

Ok Im just going to say this thing that seems obvious.

People in the general population do not take care of themselves because we reward idiotic behaviors en masse in the states.

More strwss, feelings of futility, so it would make perfect sense the physician population(who are humans as well yes) take their own lives more often.

Not to mention the economic issues our system has.

Maybe? Yes? No? Some?

I wonder if the rates of

I wonder if the rates of completed suicide for
former soldiers and police are unusually high.
All of these occupations have access to the
surest means of taking one's own life (knowledge
of what constitutes a lethal dose of medicine M
or a bullet, as the case may be).

Fatal errors in diagnosing

Human error is a fact of life - missing a deadline in an Office environment hardly compares to missing the symptoms of a serious illness - it might be too difficult to live with some errors /mistakes

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Eugene Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine.


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