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by Dr Sunil
Last reviewed: June 2019
Stress. We all think we know what it means, and as doctors most
of us can claim to have experienced it at some time or another (or
at least know someone who has).
The word 'stress' often crops up in everyday
conversation. However, it can be confusing as it can refer to
a wide range of mental, physical and social ill health issues.
Strictly speaking, stress is not a recognised
medical condition. Even so, unrecognised it can go on to cause a
number of long-standing ill effects including burnout as well as
more general psychiatric morbidity.
The BMA (2019)
report on the mental health of doctors found:
This module seeks to give an overview of
current research on stress as it applies to doctors in general and
psychiatrists in particular.
Start the module
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In the second module, Managing stress and avoiding burnout: Part 2
– taking action, we suggest
practical steps for dealing with stress and preventing
Please note that although each module has a different module
test, the references are the same.