Survey in top Chandigarh medical college says 33% of doctors are depressed

A recent survey done across North India says that 30% of doctors are suffering from depression, while 17% have thought of committing suicide.

The results of the survey have been published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry.

An online survey was conducted on 445 doctors at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. More than 90% of doctors who participated in the survey said they had suffered from depression at some point.

There are many reasons to why doctors tend to become depressed. One of them is hectic working hours, and less leisure time.

These are some key findings from the survey:

  • 72% of the doctors said they did not have the time to even read a book.
  • 27% of doctors said that they watched pornography during their free time for recreation.
  • 77% are addicted to the Internet.
  • 27% depend on chatting on social media for interaction.
Many doctors agreed that they shout at other hospital staff and patients to vent out their anger and depression. The study has shown that even doctors are not opting for a medical help when they are depressed.

This shows how strong the taboo attached to mental illnesses is in India, even among doctors'.

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