The Radiologist and Depression

J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Jul;13(7):863-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.03.014. Epub 2016 Apr 13.


Clinical depression affects physicians, including radiologists. Medical professionals, including radiologists, may be more comfortable treating a patient than being one, and psychiatric issues may be regarded as taboo for discussion, so the issue of clinical depression in the specialty and subspecialty has not received widespread attention. Specifically, a review of the national and international literature in PubMed, Scopus, and Google reveals few publications dedicated to the issue of clinical depression in radiology; although statistically, they must exist. The purpose of this report is to define the terms and describe the manifestations and scope of the issues related to clinical depression, with special attention given to risk factors unique to radiologists, such as working in low ambient light or near different fields of magnetic strength. By the end of the article, it is the authors' hope that the reading radiologist will be aware of, and open to, the possibility of clinical depression in a colleague or within his or herself because clinical depression is common and it is important to get help.

Keywords: Radiologist; depression; resident/trainee; seasonal affective disorder.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / epidemiology*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology*
  • Causality
  • Comorbidity
  • Depression / epidemiology*
  • Depression / prevention & control
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Incidence
  • Radiologists / psychology*
  • Radiologists / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Workload / psychology
  • Workload / statistics & numerical data