November 28, 2012
Why aren’t more people talking about physician suicide? by Pamela Wible, MD, raises several important questions. Why are suicide rates for physicians so much higher than for the other professions? Why have suicide rates increased among physicians?
In Dr.Wible’s article, she shares her own experience with suicidal thoughts. I think many physicians truly love their profession and watching the medical profession being systematically destroyed has taken its toll. Every negative article published in the press stings.
Situational depression among older physicians is a fact of life. We were trained to use our skills and judgment to take care of individuals. Despite what many believe, many of us have dedicated our lives to providing the best medical care available anywhere. If you don’t believe that, ask the Canadians who fly into the Midwest seeking care they can’t get in their highly touted system.
Now we are being asked to care for society, sacrificing the individual’s needs for the sake of the economy, to insure Medicare’s long term viability, and the insurer’s profit margins. It is downright depressing. Every time I have to turn my back on a patient to click a computer keyboard, I cringe, apologize, and promise myself that one day, I’ll drop out of the system and just be a doctor.
Many of my colleagues are planning an early retirement. Unfortunately, some will retire to their grave by their own hand. As for me, I will practice individualized healthcare until the government prohibits it. I will write my articles, teaching as many people as I can. I will work hard at focusing on the good and exposing the bad.
I will rely on you, my readers, to support this site and, hopefully make this world a healthier place to live in. I thank those of you who have contributed to my cause both financially and with your comments.
As always, I will encourage my readers to live a Wellthy lifestyle.
November 28, 2012