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Depression, burnout and suicide in healthcare workers

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, recognizing one of the greatest tragedies in the world.  Suicide is usually considered an impulsive act in a troubled person who sees no way to change his or her painful circumstances and happens when one’s deep emotional pain or stressor exceeds his ability to cope with that pain.  In 2017 it was reported that 47,173 persons committed suicide in the United States, with 1.4 million suicide attempts.  Overall, suicide[…]

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Do You Feel Like Your Hands are Tied? More Thoughts on Helping Someone Who Refuses Treatment

A few years ago I posted a blog on how you might help someone who refuses mental health treatment (October, 2016).  It seemed to resonate with many readers at the time.  I am again prompted to write because someone recently asked me how to help their 19 yo son who is reluctant to seek professional care for depression.  Being the parent of someone over age 18 who is free to make his own decisions is[…]

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Suicide: About the Numbers

Our world was broken again last week by the tragic loss of two public figures to suicide, designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new and sobering data on the rising rates of suicide in the United States. They report that suicide has increased in almost every state from 1999 through 2016, up more than 30% in half the states, and highest[…]

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