Burnout (March)

Date of Issue: 03/01/2016 | Volume: 14 | Number: 3

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Clinician burnout, due to the sometimes non-stop, taxing aspects of the job, can have a negative effect on both clinicians and their patients. In this issue, we look at the symptoms and affects of burnout, and list some of the key steps that clincians can take to protect themselves, and create their own healthier work environment.

In This Issue


Addressing Physician Burnout: What Psychiatrists Need to Know

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

Are you burnt out? This seemingly casual question may not be as easy to answer as you might think. Being burnt out can easily be mistaken for feeling tired, stressed, or depressed. But according to a growing body of research on physicians, recognizing and addressing this work-related syndrome may help protect your well-being, along with that of your patients and colleagues.

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Expert Q&A

Burnout: A Primer

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

As psychiatrists, we don’t want to become overly attached to all our clients, because that can be draining and lead to burnout. On the other hand, we don’t want to distance ourselves, because the essence of healing occurs within the caring relationship. Dr. Skovholt discusses striking this delicate balance in this interview.

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Research Update

Do Benzodiazepines Cause Dementia? Latest Study Casts Doubt

Topics: Benzodiazepines | Dementia

It’s possible that BZD use causes cognitive decline, but it’s equally possible that patients with preexisting dementia are prescribed BZDs to alleviate psychiatric symptoms related to dementia. A new, very large study adds to our fund of knowledge on this issue.

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