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Suicide (in the professions)

Emilrose
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8/10/2017 8:35:46 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
There does rather seem to be a belief that suicide, or suicidal desires, are genetally limited to the unemployed, people with a history of mental health problems, and perhaps even people who fall under the 'creative/artistic' category when it comes to their career choice--but this isn't exactly the case. Granted, there will always be higher rates of suicide among the unemployed and/or people with mental health issues within the general population, but it is also fairly common among skilled workers; and the 'type' of skilled workers may be surprising to some.

Doctors are #1 on the list of people with the highest rates of suicide (by profession.) They are 1.87 times more likely to commit suicide. This somewhat seems to make sense to me--and is something I've been aware of for some time. Given how extremely stressful and demanding the job can be, and how little support there actually is out there, especially for emergency doctors--it's not too surprising. Many people have the perception that doctors are almost untouchable when it comes to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues, and because of their position (being responsible for the care of literally hundreds of patients), they often are unable to discuss their problems and seek help due to the very real fear of losing their license to practice. In fact, I think this is one thing that seriously needs to be addressed by countries in the west.

Scientists also come at #10, pharmacists at #9, and dentists at #2 (after doctors.)

So what is it that you think makes people in science/medical-type professions more likely to commit suicide? (Btw, only law as a humanity-orientated career made it to the top 10.) And only one low-paid job was in the list, the rest, are what one would consider well-paid; at varying levels anyway.

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Wylted
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8/11/2017 9:53:48 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Doctors may have higher suicide rates because they are more effective in their attempts. Judging attempts instead of successes may more accurately measure the stress rate of an occupation.

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