Another interesting article


It is estimated that the U.S. loses as many as 400 physicians per year to suicide. This is probably an underestimate, because the stigma associated with suicide may lead colleagues to attribute death to some other cause.

Suicide is the result of untreated or inadequately treated depression. As many as 12-18% of the general population suffers from depression at some point in their lives, with females more affected than males.

Physicians are no less likely to suffer from depression, possibly more so than the general population because of common personality traits coupled with high societal expectations of perfection. Women physicians have a higher rate than age matched women with other doctoral degrees. Up to 30% of medical students screen positive for depressive symptoms.

Physicians have specialized knowledge and access to lethal means. Therefore, completed suicide is more common in depressed physicians. It is estimated that suicide is completed 1.4-2.3 times more often in physicians than in the general population. Death by suicide in male physicians is 70% higher in comparison with other professionals. Female physicians have a completed suicide rate equal to male physicians.

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My name is Rhonda. I'm a registered nurse, for the last 20 years, that has not been able to work since the day I learned of my daughter's death by suicide 4-12-13. (She actually died 4-11-13 and her body was not found until the 12th) Me and my husband have been married for 32 years and he's a wonderful man. We grieve in different ways. He works, I write. This is my journey through this horrible land of losing a child..
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