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Can a psychiatrist get depression?

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Can a psychiatrist get depression ?
Have you ever seen this in your career ?

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 in Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
Answered by Dr. Preeti Parakh 36 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes and yes.

Detailed Answer:

Welcome back!

Yes, a psychiatrist, like any other human being, can get depression, which is a disease just like any other.

I know a doctor who suffered from a depressive episode while she was doing her residency in psychiatry. She recovered, completed her course and is now a young mother as well as a qualified psychiatrist. She recovered with the help of an antidepressant medication called venlafaxine.

Hope this answers your query.

Best wishes.

Dr Preeti Parakh
MD Psychiatry
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