Doctors are humans too: the benefits of embracing your mental status

Vytenis Andriukaitis Health Europe 2017

Vytenis Andriukaitis, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Food Safety, participates in the Ministerial Conference on the follow up to the fipronil incident. Date: 26/09/2017 Reference: P-035227/00-19 Location: Brussels – EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2017 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Dario Pignatelli.

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Stavroula Papaeleftheriou, a 6th year medical  student at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa, in Iasi, Romania. Ms Papaeleftheriou is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.

It was the beginning of December 2015, when an article was published by Dr. Douglas Mata, stating that 25% of medical students are depressed and suicidal. Such an article gives hopes to medical professionals, by breaking the stigma that mental disorders exist among medical students and doctors.

As a medical student one is expected to be stressed over the extensive materials that need to be memorised and understand in order to fulfill a lifelong dream and become an excellent physician. The pre-clinical years are fascinating and individuals fall in love with the idea that in the near future theory learnt will become reality. At the same time one keeps in mind words of older colleagues saying that the upcoming years are easier.

Months pass by studying the same subjects until you can finally start clinics. The thought of using the stethoscope that was bought at the beginning of starting medical school brings joy, to be able to practice clinical examination from Macleod’s videos are what every medical student has been waiting for. Until the stress kicks in, an annoying friend since early childhood, suddenly becoming a fiery demon, provoking abnormal thoughts during the day and night. When it’s finally time to wake up, you find yourself snoozing your alarm and thinking of skipping the day at the hospital because you feel unprepared in taking an anamnesis and analysing the paraclinical tests. After a long battle, you find the strength to stand up from bed and go to the hospital. There, patients and the hospital routine makes you feel better but the snide remarks and competitive atmosphere from other colleagues switches your mood again. Days go by in the same way, a repetitive, vicious cycle until the right decision of getting some professional help is made in hopes to achieve control.

Something amazing happens when you find yourself being part of a medical society where you can speak about yourself, including your mental issues, without being judged. Surprisingly, you realize that you are not alone and more people are struggling with the similar disorders. It feels like a home away from home, since no one understood you better before. In the past, talks with family members didn’t end up where you wanted and the feedback of “ get better you are going to be a doctor”, “it’s such stress” etc. didn’t truly help.

To sum up, I think medical disorders among medical students have always existed; there have been suicides among students and doctors but many were ignored when they shouldn’t have been.

As doctors and future physicians we should embrace the fact that Mental Health among medical professionals can be altered and open ourselves about it. It’s time to break some taboos!

And NO, Mrs. Professor I didn’t skipped my exam because I was feeling depressed because I was missing the Mediterranean sun from my homeland.

About the author

Stavroula Papaeleftheriou is a 22 years old, sixth year Medical Student in the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa, in Iasi, Romania. Originally coming from the greek island, of Lesbos. Due to personal reasons, she decided to migrate to Romania to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor.The past years she has been volunteering on different Societies of my university, as SSMI (Medical Student Society of Iasi), SSCR (Romanian Surgical Student Society), IMJS (International Medical Journal Society).

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

To all far-right partisans who exploit Charlie Hebdo atrocity: a peaceful reply given by a peaceful student

EU Youth Goals – we are shapers not listeners

Christine Lagarde: This is what we can still learn from the Great War

Hungary has made progress on greening its economy and now needs to raise its ambitions

Here’s how we get businesses to harmonize on climate change

Turkey: MEPs cut support by €70m due to no improvement in respect for EU values

Greece lost a month that cannot be found neither in “mini Summits” nor in Berlin

Will the end of QE come along with ECB’s inflation target?

Telecommunications and Internet: A Jungle with no principles?

European Youth Vlog

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: Cameron corroborates that Britain should remain in the EU

Worldwide UN family celebrates enduring universal values of human rights

Why EU’s working and unemployed millions remain uncertain or even desperate about their future

War of words in Davos over Eurozone’s inflation/deflation

A Year in China

Skeptic France about Trump-Juncker trade deal favoring German cars; EU’s unity in peril

Commission hardens its stance against carmakers ensuring emissions reductions targets

Back to the future: flying cars are becoming a reality

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050*

Can the EU afford to block China’s business openings to Europe by denying her the ‘market economy status’?

EU crisis aggravates structural differences, threatens cohesion

Has the treacherous theory about the ‘French patient’ finally prevailed?

Trust and support of Iraqis essential for success of UN’s Da’esh terror investigation

Politics still matter in the US but not in Europe

Nagasaki is ‘a global inspiration’ for peace, UN chief says marking 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

G20 GDP growth nudges up to 1.0% in the second quarter of 2018

Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela, following ‘shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings’

ECB’s Draghi favours a cheaper euro to serve all Eurozone countries

Blockchain could boost global trade by $1 trillion

IMF’s Lagarde: Ukraine must fight corruption

How we can work together in the fight against NCDs

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Carbon Price Needed for Climate Change Success

Latest leaked TTIP document confirms EU sovereignty may be under threat

Access to ‘affordable’ medicines in India: challenges & solutions

Horse meat runs faster than authorities…

Liaison Officer – 2020

ECB tied in the anti-monetary German ideology

Healthcare for refugees: a necessary symbiosis of medicine and politics

The EU will always have a stable partner in Montenegro, says President Đukanović

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for decisive action on security priorities

EU to spend €6 billion on youth employment and training futile schemes

EU readies for eventual annulment of the Turkish agreement on immigrants-refugees

Is the ECB ready to flood Eurozone with freshly printed money?

Taliban-led violence during recent Afghan polls leaves record high numbers of civilians dead – UN

Draghi left alone with no hope of boosting EU growth as Merkel just focuses on next elections

Draghi to lay his print on long term ECB policies prior to exiting next year

Sanctions on Russia to be the biggest unity test at this European Council

From drones to health data, how Japan can power ahead

Eurozone examines the prospect of issuing debt paper jointly

4 things President Trump could learn from Jimmy Carter

How will Brexit affect higher education in the EU?

The EU threatens to occupy Libya militarily; is another colonial war brewing?

Challenges remain in DPRK despite ‘slight’ improvements in health, wellbeing: UNICEF

Trump systematically upsets global order and trade: Where does this end?

The key takeaways of G7 Summit in Canada

No improvement in respect for EU values: MEPs cut support for Turkey by €70m

Sustainability is now mission critical for businesses. Here’s why

Raw materials use to double by 2060 with severe environmental consequences

Is Europe misjudging its abilities to endure more austerity and unemployment?

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s