My heart is heavy along with our nation in light of the recent suicides in our news. Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef known for his transparency, his genuine love of people and food protrayed most recently on his CNN show “Parts Unknown”, was found this morning unconscious of an apparent suicide. Kate Spade, fashion icon and driven entrepreneur was found earlier this week. The CDC recent report shows that suicide rates are skyrocketing. Depression is a common disorder, and we all feel some psychological pain at times. These things happen more than we care to talk about, to friends, loved ones, moms, dads and children.
I write this blog to help students at all phases of their medical journey to understand they are not alone. For everyone who feels lonely, isolated, like a failure or that they are just tired of how their life is playing out – you are not alone. I’ve been there, and everyone at some point had felt these emotions. To feel them is human. It plain sucks to be on call, try to save someone and fail, comfort grieving families or see people suffer over and over again. As physicians we take, take, take and do not reach out for help. Yet we know that we need others to just hear us out, sometimes we need a neutral party to let it out! The pressure of life, personal or professional sometimes can eat us up and most times people simply internalize these feelings vs reaching out.
I’m encouraging you- if you read my blog and you feel disillusioned, depressed about your progress and your journey, please reach out to me or to someone just to talk. I’ve been a premed, a medical student, a resident, a fellow and now I’m an attending and walking out that journey. I was a non traditional student. I’m from a group underrepresented in medicine. I know what it is to feel out of place, and I’ve learned to work through a medical system that can be so difficult at times. I’m here to listen, commiserate and answer your questions regarding the medical journey, life as a physician and what is takes to be successful. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. My aim is to be a sounding board and to let you know you are not alone. Of course our conversations are confidential.
If you are in crisis please call 911. If you need to speak to someone, you feel depressed and need a listening ear, please call
You don’t have to walk this road alone,
Candice Williams, MD