How happy are psychiatrists outside work? 5 report findings

Only 58 percent of psychiatrists said they were happy outside of work, compared to 82 percent before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Medscape's "Psychiatrist Lifestyle, Happiness & Burnout Report 2023," released Feb. 24. 

Medscape surveyed 9,175 practicing physicians from June 28 to Oct. 3 on burnout and happiness.  

Here are four more findings from the report:

1.Thirty-three percent of psychiatrists said they are burned out, 3 percent said they are depressed, 14 percent said they are both burned out and depressed and 50 percent said they were neither. 

2. Thirty-five percent of psychiatrists said burnout had a strong/severe impact on their lives, while 41 percent said it had a moderate impact and 24 percent said it had little or no impact. 

3. Fourteen percent of psychiatrists said they have sought professional help to deal with burnout, 50 percent said they have not sought professional help but would consider using it and 36 percent said they have not and would not consider using it. 

4. Fifty-two percent said they would take a pay cut for better work-life balance.

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