April 28, 2020
There are also professional consequences that can deter doctors from seeking support, said William Jaquis, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. State medical boards and hospitals often ask doctors seeking hospital credentials whether they have ever been treated for depression.
Those credentialing and licensing boards do not distinguish between whether a depressive episode was 20 years ago or last month, Jaquis said. The risk is the same.
“We need to be able to get treatment for depression without the stigma behind it,” he said, adding that a history of depression or mental illness does not necessarily indicate a risk of suicidal thoughts. “There are ‘happy’ doctors who kill themselves.”
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