Under stress? The ADA is here to help

According to the 2015 ADA Health and Wellness Survey, seventy-five percent of dentists deal with moderate to severe stress. As a result, many dental students and dental professionals are dealing with burnout, substance use disorders (SUDs) and other conditions that may impair their abilities to practice competent dentistry, according to the ADA Center for Professional Success.

StressIf you, or someone you know, is battling stress or substance abuse the ADA is here to help.

The ADA’s Dentist Health and Wellness Program, along with state dentist well-being programs, are composed of people who are concerned about the health and well-being of their peers. The ADA Health and Wellness Program will connect you with your state dentist well-being program director. You can also contact your state dentist well-being director directly. Use our state well-being program directory to find their contact information. Your call or email will be strictly confidential.

There are signs that you or someone you know may need help. The ADA has created a free resource sheet that offers some symptoms of distress. You’ll also find information about accessing help.

Are you experiencing problems coping with patients or with the typical stress of a busy practice? Do you become easily depressed or annoyed? Do you drink more than a moderate amount of alcohol? Do you self-prescribe or misuse mood-altering drugs? Are you slowing down, overly tired, or constantly placing work ahead of personal needs, family or recreation? If you answered “yes” to any one of the situations above, you may want to reach out to the ADA for help.

The ADA’s Health and Wellness Program is here to help. Please contact Alison Bramhall at bramhalla@ada.org or 312.440.2622

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