Learn from me: speak out, seek help, get treatment – MJA InSight 41, 22 October 2018 | doctorportal
+ Struggling to get the carrot. The good life. Dedicate a few years of your young life being educated, and the rest of it will be smooth sailing. We create the big picture in our minds, but have to live it day-to-day.
A career in medicine, as far as years go, is a major commitment. And there will be times during education and training when the pressure to perform may seem impossible to bear. Seeking medical treatment for your medical problems is a must. How others in the pipeline from university to completion of studies/training see your “weakness” is their problem, and yours, until the culture you find yourself in changes.
Over 25 years ago I learned about overwork and the propensity of suicide among medical professional trainees. It doesn’t look like much has changed since then. There are the always-growing/under-treated needs of humanity that call many into a career in medicine. It is a shame that some of those persons will be unable to serve humanity, because of suicide.