THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: Traffic | Travel Guide | Weather | Holiday Guide | Mall Hours

Increased Risk Of Suicide Among Physicians

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It is a sad statistic but death by suicide is a major occupational hazard for physicians and the numbers are startling.

Male physicians are 40% more likely to commit suicide than the general public, and female physicians have a 130% higher suicide rate. It gets even worse.

A study of seven medical schools found an unusually high number of medical students contemplating suicide.

The key factor at all levels appears to be burnout due to a combination of high expectations and an ever increasing workload and information to master. Burnout is common among medical students and is associated with a two to threefold increased risk of thinking about suicide.

There is an ever-growing pressure being placed on people in many areas of life to work longer hours with greater pressure and the price can be high.

More from Dr. Brian McDonough
Taz Goes Big!
Download Now!

Listen Live