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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 164-168

Suicide rate in the dental profession: Fact or myth and coping strategies


Department of Oral Biology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0740, USA

Correspondence Address:
Brian M Lange
Department of Oral Biology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry, 40th and Holdrege Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0740,
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2155-8213.106845

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This article summarizes relevant scientific data on the alleged high suicide rate among dentists as compared to other health care professions. Potential contributing risk factors for the dental profession are identified. In addition, a brief review is provided for major depressive disorder, a contributor to increased suicide, along with its symptoms, underlying theory, drug treatment and coping skills to combat this disorder.


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