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Clare Gerada: Doctors’ mental health and stigma—the tide is turning

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 16 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4583
  1. Clare Gerada, GP partner
  1. Hurley Group, London, UK
  1. clare.gerada{at}
    Follow Clare on Twitter: @ClareGerada

I’ve recently been unwell. Thankfully, nothing too serious—a broken bone in my foot and some dental surgery. Both resulted in visible manifestations of illness: an orthopaedic boot for my foot, and heavy swelling and bruising to my face. The overwhelming response from medical colleagues and friends was sympathetic, with a constant chatter of advice, suggestions for healing, and tales of their own injuries and operations.

It set me wondering what my experience would have been if, instead of obvious physical injuries, I’d admitted to hidden psychological ones. Would the sympathy have been as free flowing, …

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