Med­i­cal train­ing seen in­creas­ing de­pres­sion

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - – New York Times

NEW YORK – It’s no se­cret med­i­cal train­ing is gru­el­ing: long hours, lit­tle sleep, rigid hi­er­ar­chies, steep learn­ing curves. It’s un­for­tu­nate but not sur­pris­ing, then, that nearly one-third of res­i­dents ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms of de­pres­sion, and more than 10 per­cent of med­i­cal stu­dents re­port hav­ing sui­ci­dal thoughts. But is it worse for women than men? A new study in JAMA In­ter­nal Medicine sug­gests yes. Dr. Con­stance Guille and col­leagues an­a­lyzed the men­tal health of more than 3,100 new doc­tors at 44 hos­pi­tals across the coun­try. Be­fore start­ing res­i­dency, men and women had sim­i­lar lev­els of de­pres­sive symp­toms. Af­ter six months, both gen­ders ex­pe­ri­enced a sharp rise in de­pres­sion scores – but the ef­fect was much more pro­nounced for women. A ma­jor rea­son: work-fam­ily con­flict, ac­count­ing for more than a third of the dis­par­ity.

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