Entries in Suicidal Thoughts (2)


Study: Surgeons More Prone than Most to Thoughts of Suicide

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(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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Depression Can Strike Early, Undetected

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) -- Many college students are suffering from depression, and even thoughts of suicide, but to no one's knowledge, according to a study conducted at three separate universities.

The study, which took place at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia, found that one out of every four or five students who visited a school health facility for a routine cold or sore throat were depressed.

Some 1,622 students filled out a confidential form and inserted it in a locked box to protect their identity, so no one knew it at the time.  Several of the depressed students had suicidal thoughts or were considering suicide, as well.

Screening for depression is amazingly easy -- just a couple of simple questions may reveal it -- according to Michael Fleming of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, lead author of a study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

"It should be done for every student who walks into a health center," Fleming said in releasing the study.  "These kids might drop out of school because they are so sad or hurt or kill themselves by drinking too much or taking drugs."

The study found that treating depression with pharmaceuticals won't solve the problem unless the underlying causes of depression are also addressed.  One thing seemed to work, however.  Students who were active physically, either walking, riding a bike, running, or engaging in physical work, were much less likely to feel depressed.  Conversely, a sedentary lifestyle was a likely road to depression.

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