Stigma Influences Psychiatrists in Disclosing Their Own Mental Illness
by J. Block;; 5/18/15

Although doctors are in a greater likelihood of having a mental illness and also have a higher rate of suicide compared to the average man or woman, a survey of psychiatrists found a large number of of those would avoid telling others concerning condition.

Tariq Mahmoud Hassan, MRCPsych, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Queen's University in Hamilton, Canada, and colleagues sent surveys to consultant psychiatrists registered within the province of Ontario. Out in the 1231 questionnaires sent, 487 psychiatrists responded for just a response rate of 40%.

The respondents were broken in three groups: those that have lower than several years of experience (11.3%), those that have 5-10 numerous years of experience (10.9%) and individuals with more than decade (75.8%).

Nearly another of respondents — 31% — said they'd experienced mental illness. But only about 42% with the respondents asserted they will be planning to disclose their condition for their family or friends. And those who said they can disclose to family or friends, declared stigma was obviously a ingredient that would influence their choice.

However, there were no association between selection of when you ought to disclose and also the seriousness in the mental illness.

“As psychiatrists, we've really an awareness of mental illness, however the stigma that still persists day in and day out” inside general community also is situated our community, Hassan told Psychiatry Advisor for the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

Career implications and affect professional standing were other top factors cited by psychiatrists as causes of nondisclosure.

Hassan, who presented the final results of his research at the poster session here, said psychiatrists were most related to confidentiality (52.8%) in seeking inpatient care. Concerns about quality of care was obviously a distant second at 26.7%. And nearly 71% of junior psychiatrists (below five-years of experience) said confidentiality was whatever they valued most in seeking care.

Despite the apparent hesitation in seeking treatment, nearly three- quarters of such surveyed said they will seek formal professional advice, while another 17% would seek informal professional advice. About 5% would self-medicate as treatment, and nearly 2% would pursue no treatment by any means.

Hassan declared that even though some medical students are taught it truly is alright to find help for mental illness while practicing, it must be performed often to be able to remove the taboo amongst clinicians.

He added that reducing stigma normally about mental illness must begin early. “There has to be a greater portion of a focus on mental health education in schools.”




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