Breaking the rumination trap

Have you ever been stuck in a swirl of negative thoughts, rehashing things that you should or shouldn’t have said or done? Most of us will recognise this circular self-battering, a process known as rumination. Rumination or “chewing the cud”, refers to the way that certain animals, like cows, eat, storing their partially-digested food in … Continue reading Breaking the rumination trap

Preventing burnout – what I would do differently knowing what I know now

When I was first writing about preventing burnout, I did not feel that I could add much personal value. I bypassed the prevention stage completely. I headed straight to having to think about recovering from burnout. If I had recognised where my escalating stress would have led me, if I had appreciated how unwell I … Continue reading Preventing burnout – what I would do differently knowing what I know now

A poem about “Experiential Practice”

By the same author as the poem about Burnout. This is the second in her series. “Experiential Practice” Depression, Insomnia, OCD Anorexia, Stress, Anxiety A minor expert you will see If you consult this GP For they have all afflicted me With these conditions of the mind I like to think that you would find … Continue reading A poem about “Experiential Practice”

Staying well: some strategies that helped me

Following on from the previous story, "It's Ok to be mentally unwell as a GP; you can get better," here are some strategies that have enabled this GP to stay successfully in work after being unwell and that have helped her to stay "well". My tips Be open & honest with colleagues "I would advise … Continue reading Staying well: some strategies that helped me

“It’s okay to be mentally unwell and be a GP. You can get better.”

This story really moved me. It shows real courage, determination and inspiration. As the author observes, her story illustrates that "It's okay to be mentally unwell and be a GP. You can get better."  She hopes to help people realise that "sometimes burn out symptoms could be undiagnosed anxiety/depression which would be amenable to treatment" as … Continue reading “It’s okay to be mentally unwell and be a GP. You can get better.”