Sometimes medical training can be a source of stress. A really big source of stress.
I've seen what it can do to a lot of the people around me, in different stages of training:
Some of us drink.
Some of us sleep.
Some of us cry.
Some of us spend hours on the phone.
Some of us argue.
Some of us gain 10 kilos.
Some of us get divorced.
Some take it out on family, friends, medical students, residents, even patients.
I think my family now knows how stressful things can be with my training. Taking call for this, working overnight in addition to daily responsibilities in the hospital.
Going to this mandatory lecture, this mandatory meeting, this optional meeting you want to make happen so your fellow medical students in the group don't think you're lazy.
It's hard to not buckle under stress. Things that stress many medical students are:
1. constant HCV/HIV/TB danger
2. what the attending thinks of them
3. what their residents think of them
4. how well enough they're competing with the other med students
5. mandatory lectures
6. Step 1
7. mandatory meetings
8. Step 2
9. shelf exams
10. lack of sleep
11. taking call and being in the hospital the next morning
i'm actually too tired to finish the rest, but it's a long list. what you have to do is stay positive, and be gentle to everyone, especially your family and close friends. it's long, difficult training, and the challenges never end