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This is the second blog in our new series: "Let's Talk About...", and today we're continuing the theme of talking about alcoholism in doctors. It’s January, often a time when people are thinking about how much they're drinking and their other habits, and whether they're healthy or not. I wanted to share some information about how you can tell the difference between harmful use of a substance and dependence on that substance. When do you cross over that line? When does having just a...
With it being Dry January many of us are thinking about cutting back on alcohol after the excesses of the festive season.
But for some this isn’t so easy, especially burnt out doctors who are more likely to rely on alcohol and drugs.
A recent study of 417 UK doctors by Dr Kamau, published in May 2019 in the BMJ Open, found that one in twenty doctors met the criteria for alcohol dependence and just over half binge drank on more than one occasion per week. This was the first study which...
Last Saturday I took part in the Joyful Doctor Live 2019 Event in London. It was my first time speaking at this event and indeed the first time I had spoken to a group of doctors about my own experience of becoming and being a doctor. This was certainly not the first time that I had discussed this; I, like many medics, have found great solace and support over the years, in sharing the trials and tribulations of the job with trusted confidantes both within and outside the profession....
“Hello, I am the elephant in the room.”
This is usually my opening line when I introduce myself at Joyful Doctor events.
To clarify, this bold statement is not a derogatory self-loathing reference to my physicality, but more of an ice-breaking, self-effacing reference to the fact that I AM NOT A DOCTOR as I introduce myself to an audience full of doctors.
Despite the fact that I attend these events as Head of Joyful Doctor Coaching, when faced with a room full of...
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The Exceptional Method is an evidence-based transformative program specifically for doctors to take control of their lives and to thrive in medicine.
The Exceptional Method was developed by Dr Sam Hazledine by interviewing exceptional doctors; seeking out the ones who are thriving and looking for patterns of behaviour because success leaves clues. It was corroborated and tested by studying the literature on stress and performance, and...
"I’m not tough enough to be a doctor".
"I’m too sensitive to be a doctor".
At The Joyful Doctor, we hear these statements from doctors all the time. We know from personal experience that as doctors , we have these thoughts and feelings about ourselves, many, many times.
We get it. We have felt that way too. But we have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
As doctors, we do a job that exposes us on a daily basis to tremendous levels of trauma, grief, pain, misery,...
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DocHealth is a confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors. Although located in London the service is open to all doctors in the UK. For doctors outside London they offer, after an initial face-to-face session, ongoing video consultations.
They help doctors to explore their difficulties, both professional and personal, through Consultant Medical Psychotherapists...