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?

No more shame

Another 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 No more shame

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.

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.”