[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Views 7,691
Citations 0
A Piece of My Mind
March 26, 2019

Rebuilding More of Me

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine, Buffalo, New York
JAMA. 2019;321(12):1159-1160. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.2137

The only car left in the parking lot. Again. A shiny, blue vessel adrift in a sea of black asphalt and bright halogen lights. I sigh, knowing this means that I still have not mastered how to get my notes done efficiently. That I have missed dinner and bath time and bedtime with my kids, that although I really would like to find the time and energy to reconnect with my wife, I will likely have neither. I know what I need to do, but I can't. I just...can't. I can't do what I want to do. I can't even do what I need to do. Even worse, I am mean. I am curt with my wife when she tries to help. I yell at my kids. Even with my patients, the last bastion where I've been able to mete out compassion and concern, I find myself adrift. I am failing. As a husband. As a father. As a doctor.

Limit 200 characters
Limit 25 characters
Conflicts of Interest Disclosure

Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.

Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.

Err on the side of full disclosure.

If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.

Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.

Limit 140 characters
Limit 3600 characters or approximately 600 words