One in four of the UK population is expected to have a mental health problem at some time in their lives. There is no reason to believe that this statistic should not apply to doctors just as it does to everyone else. This paper discusses the obstacles to accessing treatment that doctors with mental ill health face, and goes on to consider potential solutions to these problems. There is a great pool of talent within the field of medicine and those doctors with mental health problems often have increased empathy as well as professional expertise. This article sets out to demonstrate that there are ways of supporting these doctors and enabling them to overcome their illnesses and regain satisfaction in their work.
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