I am deeply saddened to hear of the record numbers of physician suicides. As a psychotherapist with a practice focusing on helpers, I feel a responsibility to reach out.
I have been aware for some time that doctors are under extreme amounts of pressure to perform with precision in a system that does not value their well being. Anyone who has been to the doctor's office knows that a doctor's schedule is far from leisurely. But I only recently learned more about just how bad things are.
I read these two articles:
In training to work in the helping professions, it is highly recommended that we psychotherapists pursue our own psychotherapy. One of the main reasons for this is that when you are spending your days helping others, it is essential to seek your own support. This is a bedrock principle of the field.
Also, in my lifetime I have seen dramatic change around the destigmatization of psychological support, such that it is now commonplace for people to seek psychological support in recognition that the job of living is, on it's own, hard, and warrants support.
I am deeply saddened and gravely concerned that this change has not yet reached the culture in which our doctor's operate. Not only do doctors deserve support around living, but much more than that is clearly needed.
If you train doctors, are yourself a medical student, a doctor, or know and care about doctors, please know that we are here.
I specialize in working with people who often put the needs of others before their own.
I am happy to help out. And if I cannot help, I can assist with finding someone who can.
My very best.