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The psychiatrist in the 1980s

Societal pressures and coping strategies

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Evidence indicates that psychiatry is a high-stress profession. Yet, most investigators concerned with this issue have limited their work to the impact of patient-related stress on psychiatrists. The author adds to this perspective by offering an integrated presentation of the societal pressures experienced by clinicians in the 1980s. Negative public opinion, unrealistic expectations of the field, and recent economic trends may be offset if psychiatrists are willing to become more actively involved in community service, clearly express the limits of their professional expertise, and diversify their personal lives.

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Edelman, S.E. The psychiatrist in the 1980s. Soc Psychiatry 20, 17–21 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00595044

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Public Opinion
  • Community Service
  • Personal Life
  • Economic Trend