What's this my friends keep telling me about dentists having a high suicide rate? Is it true?

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This is something I have been hearing here and there. One of my friends actually said he doesn't want to become a dentists anymore because of dental suicide rates being higher than any other medical profession. What 's this all about?

Sorry if I posted in wrong forums. Was just curious to ask.
 

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I would assume you would also stop listening to country music because it also leads to many suicides....

Just because a profession may not be fit for someone else, doesn't mean it's not fit for you.
 
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You guys do know that there is reliable information available on the internet.
 
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Well that's a stupid reason for abandoning any great career. Even if there was evidence that would relate suicide to dentistry.(Which there is not)
 

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Based off your friends ability to critically think, it's probably better if you just let him think that so he'll choose a different career.
 
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This is something I have been hearing here and there. One of my friends actually said he doesn't want to become a dentists anymore because of dental suicide rates being higher than any other medical profession. What 's this all about?

Sorry if I posted in wrong forums. Was just curious to ask.
It had a high suicide rate in the past, IDK about now.. My mom was at UCLA dental and she had 2 of her classmates commit suicide. I wouldn't let something like that bother you though. I had a few kids at my undergrad at Berkeley jump off their dorm balcony. If you feel like you are having a hard time once you get into dental school, then look for help in therapists, family or friends.
 
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Doctors, dentists, nurses, anyone who has studied anatomy and physiology to any degree has the knowledge to successfully commit suicide with a greater degree of certainty than the average layperson who may be depending on misinformation gleaned from any number of sources. Knowing how to make fire doesn't mean that you are doomed to burn your own house down.
 
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This annoys me so much. I've had a good handful of people ask, "why would you want to be a dentist?" And "dentists are miserable" and even have had some suggest becoming a doctor. there are a lot worse places where doctors fingers must go than someone's mouth. I'd much rather be a dentist! I've googled the dentist suicide thing, and it's total bs.
 
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. What they're referencing is a study many years old that showed that white male doctors (both physicians and dentists) had slightly higher suicide rates than other professions, but it was still like 2% or something really low
Interesting. I wondered where it started.
 
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I would assume you would also stop listening to country music because it also leads to many suicides....

Just because a profession may not be fit for someone else, doesn't mean it's not fit for you.
I like country music :(