Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

SPARE a thought for the men­tal strain your doc­tor may be suf­fer­ing.

More women than men availed of a con­fi­den­tial treat­ment ser­vice for doc­tors and other health pro­fes­sion­als last year.

De­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, stress and burnout were re­cur­ring is­sues.

The Prac­ti­tioner Health Mat­ters Pro­gramme pro­vides con­fi­den­tial treat­ment ser­vices for health pro­fes­sion­als who have men­tal health or ad­dic­tion is­sues. It helped 48 prac­ti­tion­ers in its sec­ond year of op­er­a­tion.

Abuse­of­pre­scrip­tion­drugswasthe main is­sue for 57pc of those reg­is­ter­ing with sub­stance is­sues, fol­lowed by al­co­hol on 29pc, said clin­i­cal lead Dr Ide De­largy.

Women are of­ten thrown in at the deep end and ex­pected to get on withit.

But clearly many find it dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate through what are of­ten life or death sit­u­a­tions.

For full de­tails of the pro­gramme see prac­ti­tion­er­health.ie

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