Will my doctor friend lost his medical licence if he checks into an inpatient mental facility?
October 14, 2011 10:39 AM Subscribe
My best friend is a doctor in Miami (with a board-certified specialism) and he's having a nervous breakdown. He's afraid that if he checks himself into a mental hospital he'll lose his licence to practice medicine. I have couple of questions.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (12 answers total)
1. Is it true that his medical licence is at risk? His mental health issues are coupled with alcoholism issues - I believe he's using alcohol to self-treat an underlying mental illness. Does being a mentally ill alcoholic mean he'll lose his licence even if he would never put a patient at risk by working when he's suffering a breakdown, would never drive while intoxicated, etc (he's called in sick for the past few weeks)?
2. Can anyone recommend some sources of help located in Miami? Either in-patient treatment facilities or a psychiatrist who would make housecalls and provide some sort of intensive treatment.
My friend does have health insurance. I live out of the country so am not able to drive him anywhere.