Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Doctors Taking Antidepressants

Shrinkette (http://shrinkette.blogspot.com/) in her December 12 post comments about doctors taking antidepressants:
I think the boards have weighed the risk of supporting sick doctors in getting treatment and possibly having problems with the treatment, vs. creating a situation in which sick doctors won't even consider treatment because of risks to their licensure. If you're a doctor in treatment, there is another doctor looking after you, and (one expects) watching you like a hawk for side effects (including behavioral side effects). The illness is more likely to impair judgment than the treatment.
Being treated for mental illness or taking psyciatric medications is no longer career ending, but it will haunt a physician for the rest of his career. He will be asked about any history of psychiatric treatment on every residency/fellowship application, application for hospital staff privileges, and application for medical licensure. He will also be asked about it when applying for malpractice insurance. A doctor with a history of mental illness will have to disclose it for the rest of his career.

6 comments:

shrinkette said...

You are completely correct. I'm adding this link to the original post.

shrinkette said...

BTW, your feed is on medlogs! YES! Looking forward to reading more of your blog...

Michael Rack, MD said...

Thank you for your comments, Shrinkette. I am slowly learning the mechanics of writing a blog, and yesterday was finally able to figure out how to do a site feed for medlogs.

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