Frontline casualties

“Depression and anxiety in the face of global trauma — or for that matter, in the face of post-partum depression, divorce, crushing debt — are not major mental illness. They are natural responses to acute stress and crises. Therapeutic options should be offered without fear of career cost, and statistics, though poor dinner companions, have described the problem clearly. Every physician in every state should be guaranteed safety when they seek help. They should seek help so that — using their hard-won, often astonishing expertise — they can help the rest of us.” Elissa Ely, MD is a psychiatrist