Year: 2005 Source: Canadian Family Physician, v. 51, (February 2005), p.243-247 SIEC No: 20090646

This study assessed the prevalence of depression & anxiety among Ontario family medicine residents & described their coping strategies. Residents entering, advancing in, or graduating from residency programs were surveyed by mail. The prevalence of depressive disorders was 20% & generalized anxiety disorder, 12%. Medical training was commonly identified as a negative influence on the mental health of troubled residents. Residents most often turned to family & friends when they needed help. Four respondents admitted concern they might die by suicide during residency; a different three had made previous attempts. (11 refs.)