Bloomfield, CT, September 19, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Psychiatrist's book aims to forestall suicide by health professionals.
Retired Connecticut psychiatrist William R. Taylor, MD has published an e-book, "Intravenous Hope, Stat! We Need to Help Stressed or Suicidal Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists, Therapists and Their Families."
"I had a difficult time writing about the many stresses and strains my younger colleagues are coping with," Taylor notes. "In fact, I open the Preface this way: Working on this book introduced me to one of the toughest cases of self-doubt I've ever encountered: Mine."
Taylor had to overcome his own doubts about whether his book could forestall readers' suicide attempts. He also needed to face the problem that many health professionals don't tell anyone they feel like killing themselves. Will they even want to be seen with his book?
"I hope so," he says. "I ask the suicidal professional or student to step back a moment and find someone to talk to. The crucial actions are admitting a need for help and taking action to find it."
"We 'healers' are too good at denying our own pain and struggles," Taylor says. "We're trained to focus on the illness in our patients. When we ourselves get to the breaking point, we often don't reach out."
Taylor sees reason for hope, however. There's a push by state licensing boards, professional societies and medical schools to deliver help before it's too late.
"My book adds another voice to a cluster of books and articles on the topic," he says. "My take-home plea? Reach out! It's not simple, but you can learn to do it."
Contact: William R. Taylor, MD
400 Seabury Dr. #4158 Bloomfield, CT 06002
Phone 1-860 286-1014