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Why do dentists have the highest suicide rate?

I'm stil not sure if this is just some joke that got out of hand, or if it's true, but I've heard it many times, and not just off of The Whole Nine Yards. My question is, is this true, and if so, why? I can understand if dentistry students have a high suicide rate, but why a dentist? They make great money, their job seems interesting, and chalanging at times, plus they have great hours, and don't have to deal with people dying right in front of them like medical doctors do. Does anyone know the deal about dentists being suicidal?

Asked By: Allen S - 11/11/2006
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This is one of those dodgy things that "everybody knows." And not just the uninformed public, either--dentists themselves believe it. Since the 1960s dental journals have been carrying articles with headlines like "The Suicidal Professions." Dozens of studies have looked at suicide not only among dentists but among... More
Answered By: Gazpode - 11/11/2006
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I didn't know about it.
Answered By: Bite Me - 11/11/2006
 
Actually, according to actuarial statistics, they do not, quite the opposite. That would fall into the modern urban myth category. Probably a skewed observation that made it into the culture at a vulnerable time and place, same as other modern urban myths.
Answered By: finaldx - 11/11/2006
 
i wouldn't wanna sit in 1 room all day looking at teeth. but that's just me.
Answered By: Steve T - 11/11/2006
 
because they deal with so much pain caused to other people.
Answered By: willy - 11/11/2006
 
every body hates dentists therefore they hate themselves
Answered By: aequus_bellum - 11/11/2006
 
Urban myth... More
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Answered By: ArnoldLe - 11/11/2006
 
Yea. The statistic have been getting better over the last few decades. Dentist deal with alot of "stress" from patients, staff, running a business, family, relationships ect. When one of them gets out of control they have a hard time coping with it. They are generally Type A personality people who have to have... More
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Answered By: smileman - 11/11/2006
 
~~~Dentist are a very unappreciated breed of Drs. They have gone to Medical School, And they are Doctors. But if you tell a Physician that a Dentist is a Dr,,,they will scorn and say they are not a real Dr. Imagine you go to work everyday,,,threw the back door of your office, you are dealing with Pts that say "I... More
Answered By: ~~Penny~~ - 11/11/2006
 
im not sure that what ur sayin is true but if it is i'm guessing its because everyone hates them making them feel unwanted leading to depression then suicide.
Answered By: M V - 11/11/2006
 
I was a dental assistant for over 13 years. I used to mix the Dental amalgams (silver fillings). They are at least 50% mercury. The Dr all day long removes old amalgams, places new amalgams all have mercury. And the old amalgams are "sucked up' in the suction which goes to the general water supply hmmmm. And thik... More
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Answered By: Jeanmarie RDH - 11/11/2006
 
Suicide and Dentists This is simply not true. http://jada.ada.org/cgi/reprint/132/6/786.pdf http://www.dentalcomfortzone.com/Template.asp?TemplateID=263 http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1175/is_6_34/ai_82261832
Answered By: Dr. Sam - 11/11/2006
 
penny is absolutely correct... More
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Answered By: schmoopie - 11/11/2006
 
I also agree with Penny, 150%. People should be thankful for their dentist. I never understood why people hate the dentist so much - it's never been a big deal to me. My grandmother says that it's because I've never had to go for any reason other than a cleaning twice a year & that I should count my blessings. She... More
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Answered By: Lauren D - 11/12/2006
 
This is one of those dodgy things that "everybody knows." And not just the uninformed public, either--dentists themselves believe it. Since the 1960s dental journals have been carrying articles with headlines like "The Suicidal Professions." Dozens of studies have looked at suicide not only among Zahnarzt Zürich but... More
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Answered By: Vcci - 9/23/2013
 
Maybe because Dentistry in the US is such a rip off, everything is so overpriced. Perhaps they feel guilty about taking advantage of people in need.
Answered By: jason - 2/28/2014
 
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