“It’s hard to listen to a psychiatrist who sounds so broken,” writes Sulome Anderson in The Atlantic, discussing with a psychiatrist how it feels when a patient commits suicide.
“This is what we do when people die,” the psychiatrist tells Anderson. “Even if they die an expected death, it seems to be human nature to go back over [it]. What should I have said that I didn’t, or shouldn’t have said that I did? Could I have done more or did I do too much? This seems to be a part of the grieving process. I think it’s especially intense in a situation where you have direct responsibility for helping the person get better.”
How Patient Suicide Affects Psychiatrists (The Atlantic, January 20, 2015)