Apologies if this topic is beaten to death in this stub– a cursory search didn't yield many results.
I have always had a tenuous relationship with medicine in that it never really made me happy and my MO was always just to hang on until I reached the promised land of being an attending. I've now been an attending for almost 4 years (divided between two separate jobs), and it has yet to get better. I just can't stand being at work. It's torture to me. I experience incredible anxiety well ahead of going to a shift, and continued anxiety after each shift as I reflect about everything that happened. I have been experiencing depression, insomnia, and have withdrawn both socially and from all things related to work. I have been in counseling for this for 1 year. My relationship with medicine has reached a point where it is beginning to completely debilitate my personal life. I have come to the conclusion that I have to go. I am not certain if I would do better in a different department, but to pursue that option, I would need to move myself and my physician husband to a different city, and I'm not sure that I'm committed enough for a trial run elsewhere to be worth the trouble.
The question is, what other options are there? Aside from teaching, I am having trouble thinking of viable career alternatives that I could pursue, especially in my smallish town, using the education that I have without having to invest more resources and time into learning a while new craft from scratch. Can you please share any resources, ideas, anecdotes, links to old posts on the subject, etc? I feel ready to act, but feel at a loss as to what the options are. All thoughts are very much appreciated.
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