A Physician’s Suffering – Facing Depression as a Trainee

Published in JAMA, this perspective piece by Colleen M. Farrell details her own experience with depression during her fourth year of medical school. Despite suicidal thoughts, Farrell delayed seeking care due to the logistical and financial challenges of finding a clinician and general stigma. Farrell highlights the shame and unjustified position as a caregiver, that she felt, in accepting help. Although Farrell wanted to be perceived as smart and capable by her physicians, faculty, and patients, her depression made her realize that she is not so fundamentally different from her patients.

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