By Ronnie Cohen

October 10, 2017

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Nearly 40 percent of U.S. physicians are reluctant to seek mental health

care out of fear that it might imperil their medical license, a recent study

suggests.

 

The reluctance was more pronounced in states where licensing applications

questioned doctors about mental health conditions going back more than a

year. Physicians in those states were at least 20 percent more likely to

report they would be reluctant to seek psychological treatment than doctors

in states that asked only about current impairment.