physician wellness

When You Can’t Help Any More

 

I bid farewell to four people this month who I’ve been caring for in my outpatient psychiatry practice — all under sensitive circumstances but ultimately moving in positive directions. As I write formal discharge letters, the unique role psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians play in the lives and minds of the people we care for is on my mind.

It is the nature of our healing practice to build trust and for the relationship to go deeply into the mind, heart, and spirit of the people who come to us for help. Even though this mental and emotional vulnerability isn’t a two-way street, it ties a part of us to them in the responsibility we take for their emotional well-being and as keepers of what they share with us.

…The rest of this article can be read here at KevinMD.com.

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