“Amole is a crybaby.” These words from a grade school teacher represent the moment I learned as a young boy that it’s not okay to feel sadness, a lesson perpetuated in medical training that keeps many trainees from asking for help.1 Unfortunately for me, this sadness would become a lifelong struggle. In medical school, I experienced chronic depression and at times was consumed by self-doubt and the core belief that I was defective. By the time I graduated, I thought I had overcome my mental health struggles. Residency would be a fresh start, I believed, not realizing how fragile I still was.
Khadilkar A. A Conversation About Suicide During Medical Training. JAMA Neurol. 2022;79(5):439–440. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2022.0117
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