Are you mentally exhausted from the never-ending flow of COVID patients? Have you seen more death and suffering than you can even think about? Are you frustrated, angry, unmotivated, and feeling helpless? You’re definitely burned out, but are you disabled?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, an unprecedented number of physicians are reporting mental health conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder. In a recent study published in The Lancet, researchers from the American Medical Association and Hennepin Healthcare surveyed 21,000 U.S. healthcare workers, nearly 3,000 of whom were physicians. Almost a third (29.9%) of doctors reported experiencing high stress. Nearly half (47.7%) reported symptoms of burnout; more than a third (37.3%) said they felt overloaded with work.
As a doctor, you’re used to seeing your patients apply for disability benefits, but the process can seem entirely foreign when it’s your own claim. Is burnout a covered disability? Where do you start when you need to file a long term disability claim?
It’s a complicated process. Here’s what you need to know.