- Nov 12, 2010
I was having a discussion today with someone who does medical insurance and he told me that psychiatrists' family members (not siblings but wife/children) are more likely to have mental health issues than that of other physicians--based on the cases he had handled. Does this make sense to you? I would think just the opposite. Given mental health professionals' mastery of relaxation techniques and knowledge of human body, psychological and emotional needs and how to gratify them, and effective communication skills, they are less likely to ignore or mismanage psychological issues of family members. In fact, I would suggest that the rate would be even lower than that of the average family, that of a physician or not. Of course, it is a fact of life that physicians spend considerable amount of time at work and away from the family, but it is also true that they do not worry about finances as do the average family. In other words, there are both positives and negatives to it, but given their training I would expect better-than-average outcome.