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Physician mental health: 'We are not immune'

from Healio

Navigating physician burnout starts with recognizing that we are not immune to the mental health issues that plague our profession on a national level. Physicians perform at the top of their intellectual ability and are often willing to push themselves to extreme limits to achieve in various aspects of their lives. While we all operate in life with certain levels of anxiety, a health care provider may let some of that anxiety dictate how they make decisions that ultimately impacts self-care and healthy decision making. We worry that if we choose to lighten our load, something bad is going to happen. Or maybe we will miss out on career advancement. Negatively predicting the future is a common cognitive distortion associated with anxiety. more

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