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STRESS EXPERT SAYS "SIXTY MINUTES" OVERSTATES FLIGHT OF PHYSICIANS FROM THE PROFESSION

 STRESS EXPERT SAYS "SIXTY MINUTES" OVERSTATES
 FLIGHT OF PHYSICIANS FROM THE PROFESSION
 BALTIMORE, Md., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- "Sixty Minutes" Sunday, May 3rd program spotlighted the growing problem of physician burnout, as increasing numbers of doctors are leaving their fields due to high levels of stress. "The show, while noting a problem, greatly exaggerated the extent of physician drop-outs," said Morton Orman, M.D.
 Orman, a noted Baltimore internist and author of "The 14 Day Stress Cure", has helped thousands of health care professionals and others eliminate stress. He said most physicians are coping very well with all the new government and insurance regulations. "Those who don't cope well," said Orman, "refuse to accept that the practice of medicine has changed and will never be the same."
 Current Treatments Prolong Stress
 Contrary to current psychological fashions that include relaxation techniques, biofeedback, and medications, Orman said, "Managing stress fails to get to the root of our problems. What's wong others."
 Orman is the founder the Health Resource Network and co-founder of the Society For Professional Well-Being. His technique, called "Biolinguistics," helps people "overcome many of the myths and misconceptions about stress that are widespread in our society. "We need to do a better job of educating people about what stress really is, what causes it to occur and, most importantly, how to eliminate it--not manage it," he said.
 Once doctors correctly understand what is causing their stress to occur, claims Orman, they are usually able to make it go away without changing jobs or abandoning their profession. "And remember, it's not just physicians who are electing to drop out unnecessarily," said Orman. "It's everyone who feels trapped in a stressful work or home environment."
 Orman, a board-certified internist, is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Maryland Medical School. His book, "The 14 Day Stress Cure," was recently honored as one of the top non-fiction books of 1991 by the National Association of Independent Publishers.
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