Wounded healers : what makes us so vulnerable to mental ill-health?

I haven't written on here for a long time for a myriad of reasons but I hope that this post that I wrote for NASGP and which has had a lot of comments and interest will be the start of many more... You may have seen Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC show “Doctors’ mental health at tipping … Continue reading Wounded healers : what makes us so vulnerable to mental ill-health?

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

I didn’t know I was unwell until I was very unwell.

A post from Dr Caroline Reed O'Connor, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in south-west London. She is a co-founder of "Tea & Empathy", a Facebook group for clinicians which provides "a national, informal, peer-to-peer support network aiming to foster a compassionate and supportive atmosphere throughout the NHS."  The support and compassion shown by all the members … Continue reading I didn’t know I was unwell until I was very unwell.

Empathic burnout

There is increasing recognition of a link between empathy and burnout. I became interested in this after listening to Dr Dan Siegel, a renowned psychiatrist, talking on the difference between empathy and compassion and the concept of empathic burnout. Perhaps rather naively, I had never really sat down and though about the distinction between the two … Continue reading Empathic burnout