Alarmingly enough, young doctors face severe depressions, new study concluded after a comprehensive analysis of a large database of depression cases among medical residents. Scientists warn that 28.8% young medical practitioners deal with psychological problems as a result of challenging and sometimes disappointing working conditions.
A recent study published in the American Journal of JAMA presents an unknown side of doctors’ lives: young practitioners feel disappointed with the professional choice they have made and they have to go through depression treatments. The research involved the analysis of the reports that have been conducted in the past 50 years, that is, between 1963 and 2015.
The 54 studies contained data on approximately 17,500 residents and their behavior within the first years of practices. Researchers at the University of Michigan and the Harvard University have noticed that a large number of respondents presented depression symptoms at the time when the studies have been conducted. To be more specific, 28.8% physicians have confronted themselves with these problems within their first years of practice.
Scientists did not stop here; they further looked to identify the factors responsible for doctors’ depressions. They have discovered that, most of the times, it is the big difference between what they expect their jobs to be like and what reality really looks like.
Young doctors are often asked to carry out office tasks and expectations are all too high for them as they have to prove their medical abilities. For this reasons, they have to refrain themselves from getting too emotional when faced with an impressive medical case.
All these elements burden resident physicians until they no longer cope with expectations. They can even fail to correctly diagnose and treat patients as a result of their mental problems.
Researchers think depressions among medical residents can be avoided as long as they are offered mental support. Young physicians should not be disregarded for their lack of experience or overworked to prove they are prepared; they should be treated equally, in scientists’ opinion. Last but not least, authorities have to consider a medical reform to offer better working conditions to both young and experienced doctors.
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