Year: 1983 Source: Psychiatric Journal of the University of Ottawa, v.8, no.3, (1983), p.120-124 SIEC No: 19841815

The author treated about 300 doctors and their spouses for stress for the past 22 years. Studies show that doctors who arrived at medical school with the least stable childhoods and adolescence were the most likely to have problems. These problems came from excessive needs to be needed, valued, appreciated, loved and accepted. Patterns of distress are then formed: over-work, fatigue, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, marital conflicts and in extreme cases, suicide.(RH)