It is well known that doctors generally make terrible patients. We self-diagnose, self-treat, delay getting help from an appropriately trained person who is not us, and when we do, we often don’t follow medical advice. This of course can lead to less than optimal outcomes. … More Self-care when the doctor is the patient
“I will attend to my own health, wellbeing and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.” … More Doctors’ Health – attending to our own
We cannot always prevent ourselves from getting sick, but is there a healthy way to be ill? … More Is there a healthy way to be ill?
We know to our cost that doctors are not superhuman, and if the current epidemic of burnout, exhaustion, depression and suicide is to be dealt with, we all need to be treated as people in order to be able to care for ourselves and do our jobs and and provide the deep care that we all feel for people. … More Reform is needed for unaccredited registrars
Do all doctors have post-traumatic stress from their training? Medicine is a very stressful career, and we are exposed to a great deal of shock and trauma during the course of it. … More Do doctors have post-traumatic stress from their training?
Another year has rolled around and here we are again … reflecting on the year that was, and looking forward to the year that is, and all the years to come. … More New Year’s Resolutions – let your body guide your way
Doctors aren’t supposed to have favourite patients. We are not supposed to feel anything, really… … More Doctors can learn about life from their patients
Many of us are obsessed by sleep – mainly because we think we are not getting enough! But there is a way of approaching sleep that may just cause a revolution in the way we think about it, and the way we experience it. … More Sleep revolution
I have struggled with depression in the past. I have been feeling tired at times lately, and have noticed that when I am very tired, old depressive thoughts can start creeping in… which got me to wondering… could exhaustion be the beginning of depression? … More Is exhaustion the beginning of depression?
Doctors are generally acknowledged to be intelligent. We are trained to care for the human body, and are considered the experts on it and how to take care of it. And we care deeply about people and would never knowingly harm them. Indeed, our Hippocratic oath says to “First, do no harm”. So why are doctors killing themselves?
… More Why are doctors killing themselves?