Nov. 28, 2022

A physician's remedy for stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout

"My own burnout episode forced me into some heavy-duty soul-searching and serious reflection. I got lost in the world of seeing as many patients as possible, battling for more operating room time, and keeping up procedure volumes, prior...


"My own burnout episode forced me into some heavy-duty soul-searching and serious reflection. I got lost in the world of seeing as many patients as possible, battling for more operating room time, and keeping up procedure volumes, prior authorizations, and electronic medical record keeping. I failed to notice early warning signs, including a change in my sleep patterns, apathy towards practice, and things I previously enjoyed in life, such as fitness and surfing. I was constantly irritable, especially toward those who were trying to help me. I started to slowly withdraw from those around me, and I actually started 'ghosting' people in my life, concerned I would bring others down, hoping things would eventually get better and just sort themselves out."

Joseph D. Pianka is a gastroenterologist and author of It’s All in Your Head.

He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "Self-discovery, health and fitness as the ultimate remedy for stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout."

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