Medical marriages and other intimate relationships

Med J Aust. 2004 Oct 4;181(7):392-4. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06340.x.


Marital challenges are ubiquitous in the relationships of doctors. Common issues include overwork, a need for control, self-neglect, perceived and felt stigma, being a "wounded healer", trouble with boundaries, chemical dependency, depression, and more. Knowing the hallmarks of a healthy relationship, recognising warning signals of trouble, and taking action through suggested strategies can be salutary.

MeSH terms

  • British Columbia
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Marriage / psychology*
  • Marriage / trends
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Stress, Psychological