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Physician Work Environment and Well-Being
February 10, 2020

The Mental Health Hazards of Reading About Physician Suicide

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  • 1Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(4):481-482. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.6520

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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