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Medical students face high levels of mental health problems but stigma stops them getting help

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p933 (Published 25 April 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p933
  1. Emma Wilkinson
  1. Sheffield

Medical students are more likely to experience a broad range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, burnout, and anorexic tendencies, than those studying other subjects, say researchers who also found that stigma was a major factor preventing students seeking help.

A national survey of almost 800 students from nine medical schools across the UK found half experienced medium to high level of somatic symptoms, such as stomach problems, pain, headaches, insomnia, and low energy. In addition, 62% of respondents drank alcohol at hazardous levels, the researchers from University College London reported in General Psychiatry1 and there were high levels of anorexic tendencies and obsessive-compulsive symptoms compared with previous research …

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