Depression in doctors: A bitter pill to swallow

  • Kim Outhoff University of Pretoria
Keywords: depression, doctors


At some point in their career, at least a third of doctors suffer personal health problems such as injury, aging, or physical and mental illness, which detract from their ability to function properly and to practice medicine safely. In most, impairment is amenable to intervention, treatment, recovery or resolution. However, some conditions, notably depression, may be overrepresented in the medical profession, under-recognized, stigmatised and undertreated, which may have fatal consequences.

Author Biography

Kim Outhoff, University of Pretoria

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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