By Leah Samuel
October 16, 2017
Medicine is grappling with rising levels of physician burnout, one of the
factors driving high rates of depression and suicide in the profession. But
physicians who suffer from mood disorders are often reluctant to seek
treatment - in part because it might jeopardize their license to practice.
For instance, in one survey, around 1 in 15 surgeons said they'd recently
had suicidal thoughts, but more than 60 percent were reluctant to seek help
because of concerns that it might affect their license.
Now, a new study shows, those concerns break down along geographic lines -
and in those states whose licensure applications ask the most sweeping
questions about mental illness, physicians are most likely to be reluctant
to seek treatment.