BLOG: This piece is a departure from my usual missives on physician health and suicide. I want to share an experience I’m sure many readers have had, perhaps in a different form
Michael Myers, MD
BLOG: September 17, 2018 was designated as the first National Physician Suicide Awareness Day in this country. All of us in the mental health community can be grateful for the pioneering and hard work of Dr. Loice Swisher, who took the lead in making this happen.
BLOG: Over the last few weeks, despite so much turmoil and unsettling polarization in our country and around the world, I’ve been struck by the number of times the word “kindness” has brightened my encounters with others.
BLOG: Four women who have been bereaved by the loss of a physician loved one to suicide shared their stories at a recent workshop. They were gripping, heartfelt, moving and evocative.
BLOG: My husband and I have just returned from a gay cruise in the Caribbean. I want to share some observations with readers of this blog, especially those who treat gay physicians.
BLOG: Although the figures are old, data showing that women physicians die by suicide at rates 2.27 times that of women in general are very puzzling—and disturbing.
BLOG: Could an app become something in our arsenal to prevent male doctors from acting on their desperate decision-making and instead, seek professional help?
BLOG: We psychiatrists read so much about physicians being “difficult patients.” What about when the shoe is on the other foot?
BLOG: When my roommate killed himself in 1962, there was silence. I made the announcement to my class (I can still feel my wobbly knees and hear my quivering voice), and then we never spoke about Bill again.
BLOG: It’s long been known that treating symptomatic physicians is a complicated business and far too often ailing doctors do not get the standard of care other patients receive. And when the physician is suicidal, the consequences can be dire.