Aviation & Mental Health: Drugs, Sleep, and Community

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By David Lombardo (LO). Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart."
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The topic of mental health in aviation has come up again on social media. From a thread that started on Facebook, I discuss some of the ideas and overall themes that have been shared on the topic recently; some of them show a disturbing trend in the fact that many do not feel that they can be transparent about their mental (or physical) health to their employers. I also discuss things like the FAA's SSRI MOU which applies to anti-depressant medication, the profound benefits of sleep that many people in shift-work related fields neglect (as referenced to Dr. Matthew Walker), and the patient/doctor relationship with respect to your aviation medical. Also, Oshkosh! I'll be reporting on the famous EAA Airventure Fly-In all week, so stay tuned!

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