It’s a secret epidemic that’s rocking our country: an estimated 400 U.S. doctors kill themselves every year. The little-noticed, little-discussed trend has enormous implications. “400 physician deaths mean that a million Americans lose their doctors to suicide each year,” says Dr. Pamela Wible, a family medicine doctor in Eugene, Oregon.
Suffering in silence, many doctors are struggling with depression, anxiety, or addiction. “When doctors kill themselves, the ramifications have far-reaching effects. Our profession requires us to put on the white coat on and the fake smile. There’s got to be a better way.” Dr. Wible’s site is www.idealmedicalcare.org.
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