Even with the pandemic no long dominating their lives, both doctors and their patients struggle with stress
During COVID, 63% of people agreed that uncertainty about what the next few months will be like caused them stress and 49% said the pandemic has made planning for their future feel impossible, according to the American Psychological Association.
The survey found that many physicians in the health care field might be recommending behavioral health therapy, but aren’t practicing it themselves. Only 15% of the survey participants listed behavioral health therapy when asked about their preferred activity for managing stress.
The survey notes that the first step to addressing mental health issues is being able to talk about your stress: what’s causing it, how it affects your life, and all the ways it manifests during the day.
Post-pandemic staffing shortages combined with an increase in patient loads mean many physicians are forced to manage unsustainable workloads on top of many daily responsibilities. This combination only fuels the ongoing challenges plaguing the health care space: stressed out health care professionals with too much to do end up leaving their jobs, driving staffing shortages that keep much of the health care industry feeling as if they are forever stuck in a never-ending task cycle, according to the report.