Why can’t doctors be depressed?

Why can’t doctors be depressed? They encounter challenging and emotional situations every day, and they are robbed of the emotional intelligence training necessary to handle them properly.

The 32-year-old single mother of two who was recently diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and given a prognosis of four months to live. The 13-year-old daughter who suffered her first seizure while swimming alone in her home pool and now lies paralyzed in the hospital. The 75-year-old grandfather who suffered a stroke and now can no longer recognize his wife and children.

These events can be traumatizing, yet we as physicians are rarely reminded to show our emotions. To admit that we are suffering. To ask for help.

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