Psychiatric illness in physicians

Can Med Assoc J. 1979 Aug 4;121(3):283-8.


Psychiatric illness and behavioural problems among physicians are reviewed in this paper. Some studies suggest that the medical profession has a high rate of alcoholism, drug abuse and marital discord. As well, physicians appear to commit suicide and to seek admission to psychiatric institutions more frequently than comparable populations. Considered as etiologic factors in psychiatric illness among physicians are the role strain inherent in the profession and the personality development of individual practitioners prior to their entering medical school. The review concludes with suggestions for an improved approach to treatment and prevention.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / etiology
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Mental Disorders / etiology*
  • Personality Development
  • Physicians
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Suicide