The Washington Post recently reported that an international study developed through a collaboration between Brigman Women's Hospital and the University of Washington released on Tuesday reveals that close to a third of new doctors screened positively for depression or depressive symptoms:
"The study, published in JAMA, found that depression was much more common in medical professionals than in the general public. It suggests that the years of interning and residency immediately following medical school can take a serious emotional toll. These times are characterized by long hours, heavy responsibility towards patients, and intense training. To make matters worse, new doctors are often the lowest on the totem pole, and thus are more likely to feel unappreciated."