Suicide is the most common, but avoidable, cause of death among young people. Although there is no scientific evidence showing that suicide rates are higher in medical students than in the general population, there are data confirming that perfectionism and intense anxiety and burnout (see our study) among medical student contributes to a greater number of suicide attempts among them. The problem is discussed in a recent issue of the British Medical Journal, proposing some guidelines to try to alleviate it.
Risks of suicide are higher in medical students
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