The Impaired Veterinarian: Recognizing Depression & Possible Suicide
During my residency, one of our interns committed suicide. We were all surprised, shocked, devastated, and heartbroken. After all, this intern was beautiful, athletic, incredibly smart, and had just matched for a national top residency program.
Unbeknownst to us, she was struggling with depression, and overdosed on phenobarbital from one of her patient’s prescriptions. Since then, 2 veterinary colleagues I knew personally have taken their lives, one by gunshot and one by euthanasia solution.
I believe that, at some point in life, everyone has considered suicide.
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