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    To give care to others, physicians shouldn’t be afraid to get help

    Physicians are stressed out. 

    Numerous studies indicate that doctors are finding increasing frustration in providing care, from more difficult interactions with patients to more time spent entering data into their electronic health record systems than treating illnesses.

     

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    Earlier this year, the American Medical Association and the Mayo Clinic examined the specialties facing the greatest physician burnout, and internists, cardiologists and family docs were all among the top eight.

    And a new study portrays an even  grimmer reality: Physicians are hesitant to seek help for fear of losing their license.

    Published in October in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the study found that four out of 10 U.S. physicians reported they would be reluctant to seek formal medical care for treatment of a mental health condition for fear of repercussions to their licensure. In addition, docs practicing in states where questions regarding mental health treatment are featured in licensure and renewal applications were the least likely to seek help. 

     

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    The study also finds that there is no concrete evidence—backed by the American Psychiatric Association—that a doctor who seeks mental health assistance is at greater risk of impairment or a potential risk to patients. Period. 

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