Each year in the U.S., roughly 300 to 400 physicians die by suicide.

  • Given that a typical doctor has about 2,300 patients, under his or her care, that means more than a million Americans will lose a physician to suicide this year. (Physician Suicide 101 by Pamela Wible.)
  • Depression is much higher than in the general population.
  • Present Cause of Stress
    • Herculean tasks are facing the profession
    • Strenuous expectations.
    • Onerous bureaucracy.
    • Change in the doctor-patient relationship.
    • Cost containment with an increase in practice overhead cost.
    • A new trend to criminalize actions.