I felt this episode too, I’m a medical student, so I feel like I spend a chuck of my time listening to patients talk about illness and it’s effects in their lives. Another chunk of my time I spend tutoring peers and they come with their own frustrations on the medical school system and personal troubles that become obstacles to them being able to make it through med school. Another chunk of my time is spent shadowing other doctors some of which have 0 empathy and having to watch patients treated in an uncompassionate manner but not being able to say much because at the end of the day, that doctor is evaluating you and students who have spoken up in the past have ended up worse. Another chunck of the time is spent with family members who I love but theyve all identified me as “The psychiatrist in the family” and so they all come to me with their issues.
By the end of the day I love being there for people, I do want to do these things as a career, but I just wish I could time out of it at will whenever I feel it gets a bit too much to handle, without seeming unprofessional, unempathetic and uncaring.