Physicians Need Mental Health Resources as Well
- The Covid-19 pandemic has led to more doctors feeling a sense of burnout, clinical psychologist Dr. Marianna Strongin tells SurvivorNet.
- While doctors are great and recognizing symptoms of anxiety and depression in their patients, many struggle to recognize symptoms in themselves.
- There is also, unfortunately, a stigma attached to medical professionals seeking mental health treatment.
- However, there are programs available, like Caring for Caregivers, that can match medical professionals with the best therapists to fit their needs.
“If you are starting to feel as if you don’t have the patience to hear your patients’ stories and you’re finding that you’re more irritable in the room with a patient, those are really important feelings to pay attention to,” Dr. Marianna Strongin, a clinical psychologist, explained to SurvivorNet. “It does mean that we’ve sustained burnout and possibly underlying depression for quite a bit of time, and it does need to be addressed.”Read More
There are some common roadblocks that often get in the way of physicians seeking mental health treatment, Dr. Stongin said, including:
- Lack of a clear path to seeking treatment
- Failure to realize a need for treatment
- Getting treatment has a stigma attached to it
But fortunately, there are programs in place to help medical professionals get the mental health treatment they need. One of those programs is called Caring for Caregivers, and it matches doctors with a therapist that can meet their specific needs.