Having a medical degree and a practice seems like the best job ever. After all, you get paid a ridiculous amount of money, and you get to help countless people get better. You are the god of all your patients, and you get to use this power as much as you want. However, there is a sad truth or two under all the glitz and the glamor of being a doctor. Some of these are shocking, and others will make you wonder what the world is coming to.
Being a doctor is the profession with the highest suicide rate in the world. At least one doctor commits suicide every day. Whether a doctor in Varsity Lakes or a physician from the UK, the rate stays the same. The rate is no different for female doctors either. Most of the time, the suicides are for reasons as simple as sadness over a patient’s death. Sometimes, it is because of harassment on the job, or the feeling that there isn’t enough recognition for the number of lives they save on a daily basis. In fact, the suicide rate for doctors is at least 1.4 times that of the national average for suicides.
This is, in a way, closely linked to the suicides. Doctors have a tendency to go into depression. Since the last person they are looking at is themselves, you might come across a Miami doctor who loves mountain climbing and trekking, but is actually depressed inside and doesn’t even know it. As a result of this, a lot of doctors become alcoholics, becoming dependent on drinking to stay positive in the world of chronic illness and endless death. Around 26% of all female surgical experts are also alcoholics. While this may not seem like a problem, wait until one of them slips with a scalpel inside a patient and nicks an artery because of the horrible hangover they are having from last night’s binge.
Another reason why doctors are so sad is that they make mistakes. While everyone makes mistakes because no one is perfect, there is the fact that when a doctor makes a mistake, people tend to die. In fact, 98,000 people die annually because of these mistakes made by a physician. In addition to this, there are those resistant viral strain that hammer through hundreds of people before a treatment can be developed. Doctors tend to blame themselves for the deaths of each person under their care. This can be a heavy load to bear.