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The young doctor cried in a stairwell, overwhelmed. Scheduling issues unexpectedly stripped away a weekend to visit his father, recently diagnosed with cancer. The night before, his wife had announced she was moving out — “rips the guts right out of him,” said Dr. Joan Anzia, a psychiatry professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Doctors are more likely than the general population to commit suicide, with an estimated 350 to 400 physicians killing themselves in the U.S. each year, Anzia said. “It’s the unspoken group of patients,” said Dr. Michael Gisondi, an associate professor in emergency medicine at Feinberg. “We don’t care for ourselves nearly enough.” The medical profession is starting to recognize the problem of depression in its ranks. Northwestern has a clinician available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any physician to confidentially call.

USA Today 0

“We know that dads who are more involved can contribute really positively to their children’s development,” says Craig Garfield, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “And they do it in a unique way that can complement, but not necessarily mimic, the way moms contribute.”

Garfield is co-author of a research review published this week in Pediatrics, just in time for Father’s Day. Today’s fathers — whether they are biological, adoptive, step, foster or even involved grandfathers — have “a role expanded far beyond that of stereotypical disciplinarian, breadwinner and masculine role model,” says the report co-written with Michael Yogman, an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Today 0

A little stress can actually be a good thing, motivating us to work hard and get ahead, experts say. But constant stress and worry over the long haul can damage our bodies. “The stress response was made for short-term acute stress, like needing to run away from a bear or a saber tooth tiger,” said David Victorson, an associate professor of medical social sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a health psychologist at Northwestern Medicine. “It’s been a part of the human process since the beginning. But stressors today can be much more chronic and we’re ill equipped to deal with that.”