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Mental Illness in the Medical Field
In Cases of Depression
Laryssa Gazda
Mar 26, 2019
I agree with most of the points that Abby and Anya made! Doctors must face incredibly difficult decisions day in and day out, all while pretending that these decisions do not have a major effect on them. Just because doctors are trained to act a certain way and perform certain tasks through years of schooling does not at all mean that they are prepared for the mental toll that the process and actual job can have. Obviously, every person is different, but all medical students can benefit from ignoring stigmas and going to talk to a therapist or other medical professional about how they are feeling. I have watched and heard of multiple loved ones and friends go through jarring realizations throughout medical school and the rest of their careers. My brother, for example, is currently in his first year of residency. His focus is less on the exciting prospects of all of his possible career options that he was faced with in medical school and previous years. Instead, he is more focused on his chosen specialties and has mentioned that he is no longer drafting off of the excitement of it all. When the excitement wears off a bit, a medical student may realize the severity of certain situations in a new light. If he/she is faced with a situation in which he/she is not feeling like his/herself, it is important to seek help, not matter how he/she will look in the face of peers and others. Mental health needs to be discussed, and it should have no affect on their career and how they are viewed. Just because doctors are the ones treating us does not make them immune.
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