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Don't be afraid to ask for help

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. September 27, 2011

I received a phone call late at night several months ago from a respected and beloved colleague. This gentleman is someone others often turn to for help and guidance.

The phone call was to seek medical help for a family member. But it was also a chance for my colleague to explain that he was in a long-term psychiatric hospital being treated for depression, anxiety, insomnia and chemical dependency.

My colleague had suffered a number of major disappointments within a short time and wasn't able to bounce back. In poor health, he was simply unable to marshal that inner strength to deal with the setbacks.

This gentleman shared with me that at first he hadn't realized the depth of his challenges but that it eventually became clear to him that he couldn't go it alone. He was optimistic that with professional help and guidance he would be back to his previous level of functioning.

So this is a powerful wake-up call for us. If we continue to push the envelope, if we continue to burn the candle on both ends and if we insist on soldiering on alone, the consequences may be serious, even life-threatening, for us and our loved ones.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Sep. 27, 2011