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How does working in medicine affect your mental health?

I want to be a pediatric anesthesiologist, but I've heard a lot of people say that people with careers in healthcare have high rates of mental health issues. Should this prevent me from going into my desired career field?

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Judith-Ann’s Answer

Hi, Kaya. It's interesting how the view of mental health has changed. As a mental health counselor, I see folks from all walks of life and careers. According to the CDC percent of adults aged 18 and over with regular feelings of worry, nervousness, or anxiety: 12.5%. Percent of adults aged 18 and over with regular feelings of depression: 5.0%. I encourage you to go to https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mental-health.htm to get more accurate facts about mental health. If you think being a pediatric anesthesiologist would fulfill your goals and purpose in life, go for it!
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Izta’s Answer

There's no need to worry, because just like any other job, working in the medical field comes with its fair share of challenges and hurdles, especially when dealing with people in person. To keep yourself feeling great and maintain good mental health, it's a good idea to find activities that help you relax and clear your thoughts. These hobbies don't need to make money, but should simply help you unwind. Additionally, it's wise to talk to a mental health expert who can help you steer clear of any triggers.
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Claudia’s Answer

Hi Kaya! From my experience in the medical field and in life, mental health is a possible issue in everyone and in every field. I have worked with kids at social risk and it's hard, but as long as you are aware of what's happening with you, psychologically speaking, and take care of yourself when it's needed, everything will be ok. So i say go for it. ;)
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