Physicians have higher rates of depression, burnout, and suicide than the general population.1 Despite this, physicians infrequently seek mental health care, consistently citing fear of negative ramifications for licensing.2,3 State medical license applications often ask broad questions about mental health history or its hypothetical effect on competency, even though asking violates the Americans With Disabilities Act. In states with license applications that ask such questions, physicians are more reluctant to seek help.4
Saddawi-Konefka D, Brown A, Eisenhart I, Hicks K, Barrett E, Gold JA. Consistency Between State Medical License Applications and Recommendations Regarding Physician Mental Health. JAMA. 2021;325(19):2017–2018. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.2275
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