In my second year of medical school, I formulated a plan to kill myself. This was not my first episode of severe depression, but my suicidal thoughts had resurfaced with a new intensity as clinical rotations approached. As my condition worsened, I found myself drawn to literature about medical student and physician suicide.
Physician suicide has deservedly gained recognition as a public health issue.1 It is increasingly addressed in peer-reviewed articles, editorials, and blogs. I am grateful to those who have published research on this topic or shared their personal stories. They have broken the silence surrounding this issue and surely helped others feel less alone.
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Isaacs KH. The Mental Health Hazards of Reading About Physician Suicide. JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(4):481–482. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.6520
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