Articles  |   April 2013
Striving For Wellness: Managing Stress and Recognizing Burnout
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Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Education / CPD / Patient Safety / Pharmacology / Practice Management / Quality Improvement / Articles
Articles   |   April 2013
Striving For Wellness: Managing Stress and Recognizing Burnout
ASA Monitor 04 2013, Vol.77, 34-35.
ASA Monitor 04 2013, Vol.77, 34-35.
“ The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
– Buddha
As you read this, try to visualize the last time that you recall truly feeling a deep sense of peace, contentment and/or an awareness of well-being. If you are unable to leap to this visual or feeling, you are not alone among your physician colleagues. Doctors tend to die at a younger age than the general population, and we experience a higher than average rate of suicide, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, dysfunctional work and behavioral patterns (e.g., overwork or “workaholism”) and burnout. Further, approximately one-third of us do not have a personal physician, a number that is twice that of the U.S. population. Lastly, we are deeply remiss in seeking routine or preventive medical and dental care, eating a balanced, healthy diet and exercising regularly. Reports also reflect that at least 20 percent of medical students report underlying depression, a statistic considered grossly under-reported.
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