What Profession Has A Major Prevalence Of Mental Illness and Why?

Which one is the profession in which there is a major prevalence of mental illnesses, and why is that?

Here is something I find quite interesting, is a study done in 2018 on the profession that is said to have a major prevalence of mental illness.

At first when I was first asked this question I immediately thought soldiers that fought in war. PTSD are common soldiers but recent studies indicate otherwise.

Statistical Findings

May 8, 2018 — One doctor commits suicide in the U.S. every day — the highest suicide rate of any profession. And the number of doctor suicides — 28 to 40 per 100,000 — is more than twice that of the general population, new research shows. The rate in the general population is 12.3 per 100,000.

Doctors who die by suicide often have untreated or undertreated depression or other mental illnesses, a fact that underscores the need for early diagnosis and treatment, says study researcher Deepika Tanwar, MD, of the psychiatric program at Harlem Hospital Center in New York.

“It’s very surprising” that the suicide rate among physicians is higher than among those in the military, which is considered a very stressful occupation,

The study shows that some of the most common diagnoses are mood disorders, alcoholism, and substance abuse.

One study showed that depression affects an estimated 12% of male doctors and up to 19.5% of female doctors, a rate similar to the general population. Depression is more common in medical students and residents. About 15% to 30% have symptoms of depression.

The new study showed that poisoning and hanging are among the most common means of doctor suicide. The findings also suggest that having knowledge and access to potentially lethal substances account for the higher rate of suicide completion in doctors.

The review also showed that of all medical specialties, psychiatry is near the top in terms of suicide rates.


Published by Coach Amy

BS, Psychology graduate, Certified NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Life Coach, training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Certified Confidence Life Coach,

3 thoughts on “What Profession Has A Major Prevalence Of Mental Illness and Why?

  1. This doesn’t surprise me! I worked in the medical profession for years. The stress doctors endure is unbelievable! It’s really sad. They dedicate their lives to helping others at the expense of taking care of themselves! 🙁


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