Swiss Medical Bulletin, no. 42, 2014
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A 48-year-old specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics from a medium-sized town in Western Switzerland recalls how the stress of building up a practice almost tore her young family apart.
Had my friend not known of any psychiatrist or had I not known anyone who was already aware of my situation and whom I could trust, I would have been only too glad to get in touch with ReMed. With ReMed's help, I may have found alternatives to psychotherapy. At all events, it's good that doctors can count on ReMed's uncomplicated support whenever we reach our human limits."
The life partner of a 48 year-old doctor who died in tragic circumstances under the influence of drugs, tells the story:
When I subsequently fell very ill myself he gave me loving support and encouraged me to deal with the treatment ahead. His own addiction seemed to have disappeared and things between us were better than ever before. After I had slightly recovered, he fell back into a hole and became withdrawn. Nevertheless, we decided to go jointly for psychotherapy so we could learn how to deal with my illness. I attended the corresponding appointment on my own. I told the therapist the whole story about my experiences with my partner’s addiction problems. Feeling stronger and emboldened I left this appointment to return home. It was now clear to me that things couldn’t go on this way and something had to happen. Unfortunately it was much too late. He died that same day …
A 50-year-old single-parent doctor working in a group practice talks about her experiences with ReMed:
A difficult private situation, compounded by a serious accident sustained by my daughter, threw me completely off-balance.I became depressed, had difficulty sleeping, and my private and professional appointments were in utter confusion.Suddenly, case histories could no longer be located and reports were left lying around.My finances were also derailed.
So I decided to contact ReMed.To my astonishment, someone simply listened to me and had time for me – that in itself was a relief.I felt that this colleague knew what I was talking about and that I didn't need to explain my situation to him at any length.It was a great help to sort out the facts with him and set clear priorities.
My counsellor showed me very clearly that I was juggling too many balls:"No-one can do that on their own!"I had to admit that I had reached the limit of my capacities.I was also made to realise that I did not work efficiently.Since then I have been taking anti-depressives and am treating my ADS again with a minimal dose of Ritalin.As a result, I no longer have any severe mood swings and can work in a more focussed manner.
The biggest changes are in the administration area:My daughter now takes care of the billing, so I no longer need to worry about them and my daughter earns money into the bargain. Now we are up to date with the billing, which of course has a positive effect on my liquidity. We have hired an intern (social assistant) in the practice, who helps us with time-consuming psycho-social problems and takes a great many administrative tasks off my hands.I also simplified the year-end accounting, which is now done by the accountant.And I now transfer data electronically.
My time is much better invested in billable activities, particularly consultations."Saving by working for free" is totally unproductive – efficiency suffers, and it only ends in exhaustion.I limit my phone calls much more consistently.I save time by sending information by e-mail.When I think how much time all this used to take!
My colleague's question"Where does your relationship fit into all this?" made me stop and think, and shortly afterwards spend a week by the sea with my boyfriend.Finally I was able to take some time off and forget about day-to-day worries!But I know there's still a lot to do.And I've noticed that I do things a lot differently since contacting ReMed:I'm on the right track.Obviously, I must remain alert and stick consistently to my new routine, otherwise I will inevitably revert to my old bad habits.
A 44-year old hospital doctor, married, three children, tells of the severe depression he went through.
A young house physician was faced with a death which troubled him greatly. The memory of that night still provokes feelings of anxiety years later.
A 59-year old family doctor with a group practice in a small town and the father of two grown-up children tells of his depression.
A married family doctor experienced a severe depression at the age of 51. It is only now that he recognises that his own needs are also important.
A 45-year old family doctor with his own practice finds himself unexpectedly in a crisis.
A 55-year old family doctor, running a dual practice and working as resident doctor in a care home, tells of his personal experiences: in addition to major professional strain, he was also troubled by existential fears as the father of a patchwork family of eight.