A new documentary due to be shown on PBS stations in May, 2008 explores why physicians are the leading profession in committing suicides: “Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide”. There are many pressures for being a physician and modern medicine is discouraging in many ways, from third party relations to massive debt to malpractice insurance. If you want a doctor who is excited about medicine and who really has fun helping people, I suggest you find an Integrative Doc. The docs I know who have chosen this field are a lot happier than most physicians in the United States, mainly because their practices are so much more positive than prescribing drugs and surgery all day long.
Contact the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Family Practice News April 15, 2008).