Washington—A depressed cardiologist came to his psychiatrist's office in his white coat, his stethoscope dangling from his neck. It took several visits for him to feel comfortable leaving this protective armor behind.
A focus on problem-solving often blinds physicians to emotional issues in their patients and in themselves, according to speakers at a workshop on treating the stressed physician at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) here in May.
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