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Breaking point

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2260 (Published 21 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2260

Beware of Breaking Points

No one is perfect, and we all have breaking points that occur at the worst possible times. So let's try to avoid unnecessary catastrophes, by asking about stressors. This is not a call for more psychiatric diagnoses, drugs, or hospitalizations. Rather, this is a call for more sympathetic and supportive social services that recognize our imperfections and breaking points.


Competing interests: No competing interests

21 April 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA