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CrazySocks4Docs, COVID-19, and Hope

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The Twitter phenomenon #CrazySocks4Docs was created by Melbourne, Australia cardiologist Dr. Geoff Toogood, who speaks and writes openly about his lived experience with anxiety and depression. CrazySocks4Docs Day is...
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The Healing Power of Self-Disclosure in Physicians

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As part of my clinical research on lived experience in physicians, I recently interviewed a retired California urologist, William Lynes, MD. Although we’ve never met in person, we’ve communicated...
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Harnessing Grief Into Action: A Tribute to a Remarkable Woman

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Dr. Sangeeta Mahajan is a remarkable woman. She is a consultant anesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, England. She lost her 20-year-old son, Saagar...
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National Physician Suicide Awareness Day: We Refuse to Forget

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September 17, 2019 was the second annual National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. As I wrote here last year, it is a day to commemorate colleagues lost to suicide and...
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When the “S” Word Is Unspoken

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Note: this is a highly disguised story for reasons that will be immediately obvious. I got an invitation a few months ago to give a Grand Rounds at a medical...
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Courage in the Face of Heartbreaking Loss

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After my plenary lecture at the International Practitioner Health Summit “The Wounded Healer” in London last October, I was invited to sit in on a bereavement group which was...
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Flaws in the System are Killing Young Doctors

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In February this year a young Sydney doctor wrote: “In the year it has taken to complete my training as a junior doctor 3 of my colleagues have killed themselves....
Doctor Anne Malatt

Why are doctors killing themselves?

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Doctors are generally acknowledged to be intelligent. We are trained to care for the human body, and are considered the experts on it and how to take care of...
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Depression

The reported levels of depression amongst medical students and doctors are alarming. The Beyond Blue study of doctors’ mental health (1) has shown that 3.4% of doctors surveyed have very...

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