Becker’s Hospital Review has an interesting article on medical school burnout that is certainly worth the read if you’re considering med school. (Which presumably you are if you’re in this section of this discussion board and reading this thread.)
The article details how a meta-analysis of more than 16,500 medical students found roughly 46% suffered from burnout before even reaching residency and the most common symptom was emotional exhaustion. It’s apparently even worse in North American than in Europe, so presumably the rate of burnout in US medical school students is north of 46%.
Burnout is real and, unfortunately, no one is immune to it or other mental health issues. If you think this might be affecting you, please get professional assistance right away. We’re not going to pretend to be experts in this area, but we do believe that if you are going to medical school because it’s what YOU really want to do (not what you think you’re expected to do) and you have stable family relationships and/or a strong religious faith, we believe you’re a bit less likely to suffer burnout.