The Silent Cry of Physicians: Suicide

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Burak Okumuş


Suicidal behavior is frequently observed in association with diagnosable psychiatric disorders. Psychiatry is the only branch of medicine that has a tradition of suicide prevention and defines suicidal ideation as a disorder criterion. Recently, there has been growing international interest in the increasing number of suicides among physicians. The reason for this is the increasing accumulation of data reporting completed suicides among physicians. As one of the most respected and sought-after professions, medicine carries with it stressors specific to professions that require high levels of responsibility and equipment. Physicians who have access to lethal means and the knowledge to use them effectively are the most important part of countries' health systems, and given the increased risk of suicide, it can be said that it has the potential to become a serious public health problem. Physician suicide must therefore go beyond the desire of psychiatrists to care for their colleagues. As a result, physicians may have attitudes that make it difficult to access psychiatry, and misconceptions and prejudices that can lead to stigma. These difficulties can be transformed into more acceptable norms. It may be appropriate to assess factors that increase risk in the workplace. Physicians may benefit from psychoeducational programmes that provide information about suicide. Crisis intervention aimed at early warning signs of psychiatric disorders can save lives. Medicine is influenced by biopsychosocial factors that can change. In this regard, regular periodic evaluations can be planned.


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Okumuş, B. (2023). The Silent Cry of Physicians: Suicide . Medical Science and Discovery, 10(12), 973–974.
Letter to the Editor
Received 2023-11-30
Accepted 2023-12-01
Published 2023-12-01


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