How can psychiatrists practice self-care and avoid burnout? How can mental health professionals balance the needs to protect oneself and one’s family while caring for patients during this pandemic?
Psychiatry can help us understand what layers of the onion exist that need to be peeled away, but the power to discard them once and for all resides within each and every one of us.
We may have strong (psychological) bones, but they are still susceptible to stress fractures. Face the new year armed with these guidelines on combatting symptoms of burnout, written by an expert in the field.
The recognition of a wide range of traumatic experiences—physical or sexual assault, motor vehicular accidents, natural disasters, terrorism—has implications for understanding the vulnerability to vicarious trauma inherent in a clinician’s practice.
The fallout from burnout: alcohol dependence, binge eating, sleep disorders, and general ill health.
Few professional interactions create more anxiety, worry, and deep concern than telling someone unpleasant and painful news. Without a supportive environment, such conversations can enhance the chances of burnout.
Finding meaning helps to reframe the experiences of our own lives, not as events to hide in shame or guilt, but as experiences that made us physicians we are today.
Our ability to speak freely regardless of role, training, or experience is one element that allows psychiatrists to discuss their fears and limits as clinicians.
Professionals in our fields are even more reluctant than the general public to seek mental health care because of stigma and negative career consequences. Here are 10 ways to address mental "unwellness."
Like the song New York, New York, if we can succeed in reducing suicide in physicians, we can do it anywhere.