(CHICAGO) -- Six percent of U.S. surgeons have had suicidal thoughts during the past year -- a percentage 1.5 to three times higher than the general population -- according to a new report in the Archives of Surgery.
Pressures of the job often weigh heavily on doctors' minds, as well as guilt over mistakes they might have made.
To make matters worse, only about one in four have sought assistance from a mental health professional to help them deal with their issues. Generally speaking, most of the surgeons who didn't go for therapy were concerned that they would put their medical licenses in jeopardy by opening up about their problems.
The majority of surgeons who think about killing themselves are male and over age 45. Divorced doctors are also at a greater risk than their married counterparts.
Overall, it's estimated that between 300 and 400 physicians commit suicide annually, which is also more than the general population.
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