Depression Help for Dentists

Like most highly educated professionals, dentists are not immune to depression. When depression or substance abuse threatens to take over your life or your career, we may be able to help.

Stress, Depression and Dentistry

It takes dedication, intelligence and a lengthy education to become a successful dentist. Yet studies show that dentists suffer from anxiety and depression more often than other professionals [Gale EN. Stress in Dentistry. N Y State Dent J 1998;64(8):30–4]. Perhaps because it requires a certain amount of intelligence to become a dentist, or perhaps the technical nature and busy schedule of dentistry work leads to depression and anxiety. Whatever the cause it is important to be aware of any mental health issues and really understand how they can impact your career if left untreated.

How Depression Affects Your Career as a Dentist, Orthodontist or Oral Surgeon

Depression can ruin a highly successful dental practice, but it doesn’t have to. If you are struggling with any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Sleeplessness or oversleeping
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Worries or panicked feelings
  • Feeling like you want to give up, or thinking of death or dying
  • Crying spells or feeling unable to cry
  • Feeling constantly overwhelmed

Depression takes you away from your hopes, plans and responsibilities. It can make even simple decisions seem overwhelming. Most dentists are called on to be specialists, bosses, directors, emergency management and treatment providers, business owners and professionals at all times. This hectic pace must be balanced with wellness and rest or you may find yourself overwhelmed. Depression can affect your personal and professional relationships. When the boss isn’t happy, the employees are not happy. Depression in dentists has been linked to work problems among dental hygienists and office staff.  It is important to seek help before your depression affects the important professional relationships in your life.

The Cycle of Depression and Addiction in Dentists

Dentists are also prone to higher rates of addiction than the average population. With access to many types of drugs added to a stressful schedule, some dentists find themselves trying to self-medicate anxiety and depression. If you are having problems with substance use, it may be time to seek confidential help. You are not alone. It is natural for people to try to moderate emotional distress, but not all ways are healthy. Depression and addiction will operate in a cycle and eventually take over your life and your career. There are specialty programs that can help.

Confidential Treatment for Depression, Addiction and Anxiety

You need a depression treatment program that is both confidential and highly effective. You need a treatment program that is a step above and understands the professional nature of your career and the intelligence and education that you possess. Most of all, you need a treatment program that allows you to step back from daily stress and privately heal the depression and/or addiction in your life.

Take a moment to reach out, as it may save both your career and your life. If you would like to find a specialty program that is both highly reputable and licensed, call our toll-free helpline. We help professionals find confidential treatment every day. We can help match you to the best program to fit your needs. Call now to learn more.