Don’t look now, your stigma is showing

Early on in the life of this website, I have posted about mental illness.  Why?  Because it is an important, not-discussed-enough, and poorly solved problem that has profound impacts in and out of medicine.  Yet, despite my desire to make this a more publicly discussed topic, I was recently seen as making a mental health stigma of someone in my life.

Physician, Know Thyself: A Self-Identity Crisis

Know Thyself

You think you know yourself, but you probably don’t. I certainly thought I knew Steve until Steve’s mom called. She was concerned he might commit suicide. As a third year med student, my biggest lesson of all came outside the hospital. If you are (or ever were) in medical school, please read: Med Student Suicide.

First Do No Harm: An Empty Cup of Expected Wellness

If we are to truly live out the “Do no harm” imperative, we must first make sure that we are not being harmed ourselves.  After all, we cannot expect to replenish the empty cup of wellness our patients bring if our cup is empty, too.

Physician Burnout: You Aren’t Alone

I used to think this topic (and many other similar topics) were “mushy” topics that people only discussed if they had problems.  I then started to realize that all of us have problems or know someone that does.  We can continue to ignore these topics and pretend they aren’t a problem, or we can step up and combat the issue head on.  Before we do that, though, we have to define the enemy.  What exactly is burnout?

Why Do Doctors Kill Themselves?

Why do doctors kill themselves?

I still remember exactly where I was when suicide first touched my life.  I was in my second year of residency.  I was sleeping.  It was 2 am two days before Christmas when I received the call from my mom.  I can’t explain why, but I knew immediately.