Untreated mood disorders result in risks not only to patients, but to the doctors themselves. Far too many doctors – many of them excellent physicians – commit suicide each year; one recent study concluded that, until quite recently, the United States lost annually the equivalent of a medium-sized medical school class from suicide alone. Most physician suicides are due to depression or manic-depressive illness, both of which are eminently treatable. Physicians, unfortunately, not only suffer from a higher rate of mood disorders than the general population, they also have a greater access to very effective means of suicide.
- Pg. 208, An Unquiet Mind, ISBN – 978-0-679-76330-7, Kay Redfield Jamison