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Sad and confrontational patients 'key source of stress' for GPs

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Burnout is a euphemism for PTSD-type symptoms. Traumatised patients (sexual abuse, torture, domestic violence, rape) talk to their GPs, who don't/can't talk to anyone. GPs then, over months and years, develop anxiety/depression symptoms due to vicarious trauma. GPs need emotional/psychotherapeutic support. The fact they're not getting it might explain their fatigue with mental health problems. The people providing the support are themselves struggling. You've got emotionally damaged people supposedly caring for emotionally damaged people.

Posted date

12 Jan 2018

Posted time

12:43pm

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