The Case of Bianca Cring: Professional Loyalty and Personal Infidelity
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Depression is relatively common among medical trainees, and the demanding nature of the physician training can exacerbate depression. Despite one’s own education related to psychiatric care, beliefs commonly held by residents as well as stigma attached to mental health care can prevent them from seeking treatment. Untreated depression can lead to poor judgment and a sense of disconnect from loved ones. Busy schedules and singular dedication to one’s work can inhibit trainees from seeking treatment and from exploring difficulties in their personal lives. Psychiatrists working with trainees must pay close attention to trainees’ interpersonal difficulties and lives outside of their careers. By helping trainees become more conscious of their internal conflicts, psychiatrists can help trainees decrease maladaptive thoughts and behaviors.
KeywordsMajor depressive disorder Postpartum depression Resident mental health Relationship difficulties Marital conflict, physician divorce