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Doctors fear controversial program made to help them

SEGMENT #2 in seriesDoctor left destitute after seeking help from physician health program

Reposted from NBC affiliate KSDK in St Louis, Missouri. Author: Investigative Reporter: PJ Randhawa, Erin Richey
 
Many say a controversial program designed to help doctors with mental health issues is out of control,

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1103 doctor suicides & 13 reasons why →



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Michael Phillips MD: Good morning everybody. I want to introduce the lectureship and remind everybody who Gil was.

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What depressed doctors do (when nobody’s looking) →

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Do depressed doctors go to doctors? Do they even seek help? What do depressed doctors do when they’re not helping you? Doctors have affairs. They drink alcohol and smoke pot. They steal prescription medications. They binge-eat crap, scream, and exercise obsessively. Depressed doctors contemplate suicide.

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Do Physician Health Programs Increase Physician Suicides? →

How do we care for the people who care for us? As doctors, we’re immersed in pain and suffering—as a career. We cry when our patients die. We feel grief anxiety, depression—even suicidal—all occupational hazards of our profession.

A recent Medscape article on Physician Health Programs suggests that the people who are here to help us may actually be doing more harm than good.

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