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Depression in doctors; an unfortunate reality

Depression affects an estimated 12% of males and up to 19.5% of females in the medical field, making it as prevalent as in the general population. [1, 2] Furthermore  15–30% of medical students and residents screened positive for depressive symptoms. [3, 4, 5]. In this article, we’ll discuss the key findings of the report by Medscape on depression…

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Physician suicide rate and risk by specialty

Every year sadly around 300 to 400 physicians die by suicide every year. Alarmingly the results from a 10-minute 2021 survey by Medscape involving 13,069 physicians showed that around 1 in 10 physicians had thoughts about or attempted suicide. 10% of male and 13% of female doctors said that their colleagues or other physicians had…

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Doctors burnout; signs, causes, treatment, and prevention (Medically reviewed, 2023)

It’s no secret that doctors experience a high level of stress. But what many people may not know is the extent to which this stress can lead to burnout. Burnout can negatively affect all aspects of a doctor’s life, from their personal relationships to their career. In this post, we’ll take a look at the…

Are doctors happy with their jobs? Which specialty has the highest satisfaction rate?
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Are doctors happy with their jobs? Which specialty has the highest satisfaction rate?

Short Answer According to a 2019 survey done on 5,855 physicians by the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) and Comp Health, the majority of practicing doctors (71%) report that they are happy although 19% say they are very or somewhat unhappy. [1] Furthermore, 61% said that they would still become a physician if they had the chance…