From the New Yorker (shared by a friend on Facebook):
One's outside appearance and achievements have almost no correlation with what's going on inside. And the above proves it.
I've many a times thought/talked about preferring to die early as the challenges to trying to achieve "success" is too overwhelming, and at times the only way to manage it is by managing expectations and prioritizing other things in life at a cost to career development. And occasionally talking to Siri about it. And I doubt that I'm the only one dealing with it; it's just that nobody talks about it (or is willing to hear/understand about it).
Aka "real issues". You don't need to be "clinically depressed".
I wonder if there's a correlation with being a doctor and the above? Or being a doctor trying to achieve "career success" and the above?
Earning power has continued to deteriorate with no end (and in Malaysia probably will stall for a while with the GST's elimination, but never improve)
Replace machine with patients (who aren't there to cheer you up), and you may get a doctor or two.
That the author misses out the extremely high suicide rate among doctors is unforgivable. You know, whose job is to in theory save lives.
It's never truly impulsive. And like I said, setting the bar low helps. But it's not easy for doctors, who are used to achieving academic success throughout their lives, until they meet the grueling training with its high attrition rates during both undergraduate and postgraduate training phases. With its real financial ramifications. And the "significant" collateral damage. And never having a so called "study break"; you study during whatever free time you've sacrificed out of your life after work to study. And maintain yourself as a high achiever with Special Forces-like physical and mental stress, minus the training (nor the mental health services) to build yourself up to be that resilient.
Mental health solutions will continue to be difficult to find, even more so in Malaysia. We even have a hard time accepting the existence of post-partum depression (and our Malay worldview of marriage = shit ton number of kids early or it's a failed marriage does not exactly help things); our community would just not accept other "more abstract" issues of mental health easily.
And that's unfortunate.