The Silent Mental Health Crisis Among Physicians: An Alarming Issue Addressed in New Book
NEW LONDON, Wis., Nov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ Did you know that physicians have the highest suicide rate of any profession in the United States? They're twice as likely to commit suicide as a war veteran with PTSD, and on average at least one physician commits suicide in the U.S. every day.
There's a perception among the general public that physicians have it all: They're intelligent, successful, wealthy, and emotionally stable. But the truth is, physicians have shockingly high rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and of course, suicide. Worse yet, they're often reluctant to talk about, or even identify, these issues because they want to maintain the image and expectations of being "the doctor," or out of fear that their careers would be put in jeopardy as a resultcareers they've sacrificed a lot to build.
The author, Dr. Kelly Carothers, has been an ER physician for over 15 years. She received her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1997. Prior to that she obtained a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. Dr. Carothers also served as a physician and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of major, and was part of a unit that was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.
An Eternity in a Moment is a contemporary fiction novel inspired by many of the author's real-life experiences. Dr. Erin Pryce is an accomplished ER physician in Boston who's been trying to bury her problems with anxiety and depression in her work. Then one fateful night she finds out that her best friend, Jenna Godfrey, has terminal cancer. Erin returns to their hometown, New Dublin, Wisconsin, to help her. But in the end Erin gets a lot more help than she gives, and through her many adventures in New Dublin she learns to embrace every aspect of herselfboth the good and the bad.
This book contains all the elements people like: medical drama, murder, mystery, romance, humor. But it's ultimately about giving a voice to the silent suffering of many physicians, in a way that's both educational and engaging to the reader.
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SOURCE Kelly Carothers, M.D.