I work at a mental health facility and sometimes it is very hard to go through your own process when you are constantly trying to help other people. I love my job at times but at times I feel drained of every ounce of sanity I have. So I just want opinions on whether I should get my meds straight and work through my issues before I continue this career. I dont even know if I am diagnosed right and on the right meds so anyways just let me know your opinion please and thank you!
10 Oct 2011
It depends on how you are feeling about work,if it's taking too much from you while you are trying to find the right meds,then maybe you should take a little break for yourself, then again if your job is helping you and taking your mind off your own issues then stick with it,but by the sounds of your post,you seem to be under more pressure working!!
Here to advise anyway i can to help you,but i'm afraid only you can decide whether you need a break to look after yourself and if you can afford to! Sorry i couldn't advise more but Hope this helps a little, Post anytime,take care and best wishes whatever you decide!
10 Oct 2011
Working with these people can be a great joy, and very taxing. I had classes of mentally ill, schizophrenic, bi-polar, etc. students. I had some classes and students that really got to me. I had one schizophrenic student that asked if he could take his finals early. he took his finals and then checked himself into the youth psych unit -that day. One time a student dissapeared, I found him upside down in a narrow closet-it was the only thing that gave him comfort at the time. I didn't make any deal out of it. I let him stay in for about 5 minutes, then asked him if he could help me with something. My students always had box cutters, all sorts of things, so please don't give me a lecture on his brains falling out, etc. I got him out without anybody being upset, and they learned. I had great joys, and had times that I cried.
My son had a spinal injury in the Coast Guard-they gave him 22 different types of mind altering meds at the same time-different branches of the service-no computerized pharmetical records- After his spinal surgery they realized that he was now a mental patient. Because it was an Army hospital, they put him to work, so your tax money wasn't wasted-think about that. Because he was the equivilant of a top Sgt. and was menatlly ill, they put him alone in an office as a mental health expert on the mental health HOTLINE. About once every 3 hours, someone would check to see if he had committed suicide yet. I kid you not!! So he had all of these people calling because they or a family member was suicidal, having a break down, etc. He bonded with a Navy wife that had post-partim depression-and at times, she talked him out of committing suicide-her husband was deployed. When her husband came home things were better for her. He actually came to the hospital and thanked my son. I don't see anything unethical about you continueing to work there. It might take awhile for you to get an actual accurate diagnosis and medicine. You know that. If you feel that you can do it, you should be able to continue, when it's too much you'll know, or somebody will let you know. Just remember that you like to do this and you are trained. At the VA, they get residents-new staff-nurses, dieticians-social workers, chaplins. That experience at Crippler gave my son confidence. He will help and advise new patients of their rights and how to expedite VA pay. He's confronted chaplins about the fact that they publically pray for everyone, except the mentally ill. Recently, they took down all calenders-anything with a date-then the patients had to know what date it was when they talked to a social worker or a doctor. He took care of that. He called the patient advocate office, after his in ward complaints fell on deaf ears.
I'm aquarius- I'm mentally and emotionally stable-but I'm eccentric. We needed a new truck, we live 2 blocks from car row-so I shopped in old clothes, while walking a pair of 80 lb coonhounds. We bought a 2011 Ford last month, because the Ford salesmen were polite to me. Think about it-do you want to deal with rude or uncaring people, if the vehicle developes problems? Then there's the time that I needed a new freezer, it was snowing, and I saw a sign at a feed store that ducklings were in. I took a box of ducklings in the stores with me-they were selling out quickly-the ducklings. Some people would call that crazy.
You want to help and like it, but you feel drained with all of your problems, and the patients' problems. Staying and working there is ethical, nobody tells a nurse with cancer that it's unethical to work with cancer patients, but when it's too fatigueing they stop work. Look at that way-and you can talk to us any time you want.
Good luck and keep us posted-OK
10 Oct 2011
Hi Looney, What a great name! I filly understand, I think at this point any job will drain you. It is so great you work with mentally ill people. It takes a very special person to do that. I have been in health care many years, I did a psyc, rotation during my training. I know that it takes an extra amount Patience, and inner strength to do that job. I also have experience as an in patent. I can't tell you how much the staff helped me. Mostly just gaining my confidence and listing to me in an understanding way. Do you have direct patent contact? I don't know the full extent of what you do have to do. You have ask a very difficult question. I can only answer you from my own experience. (where is Von & Pup when you need them). I most likely have been bipolar, beginning as a Teen. I was always the problem child, alcoholic nut case.
In the late 50's, bipolar and depression went undiagnosed. Some how I managed to get through college and Physicians Assistant surgery program. I worked all my life going through Depression to hypo-mania, and back to depression. I self medicated all those years. All the way up to 3+ years ago. You sound like you are fairly young. I think in many ways my work helped me. Plus I had a wife and child to take care of. You have the good fortune of be diagnosed and are on medication. You question your diagnosis, allot of people do, that's normal. It may take a while to find the right combination of medication that will work for you. If your condition is not interfering your patent care, and you are not getting worse, you may want to continue working. How ever if you have to prepare and dispense medications, taking medication your self. That me a little risky. Some of these medications decrease your mental alertness and ability to make sound judgments. Tell your doctor what you do, and he will work with you on this issue. I am sure you will get some more answers here also. Let me know how your doing form time to time. I put you on my friends list. Stay here with this group, and post often, even though you may not think it is of any importance. Hang in there! Dave As an after thought, I personally would not discuss your condition with any one at your work place. You have the support of this group to do that. Dave
11 Oct 2011
I must admit when I first saw your name & then your question, I thought you were trying to pull someones leg here. But I see you are not. Why do you feel that your meds aren't right? And, why haven't you done something about that in its self? Do you feel that meds won't help you because of what your prfession is? I think you should get your meds strait as you say, & then I think the issues will work themselves out. It sounds like your need a second opinion of your own diagnosis first & foremost. Being on the correct meds may give you a whole new perspective of your job also. Oh, & the name? Got to go girl. If you think you're looney bin that you have labeled yourself, and you shouldn't label yourself in that fashion. Think of a positive name. Something you look forward too. Just let us know who you were, & who you are when you do change it. Just some thoughts...
11 Oct 2011
I have to say that it takes a special person with a lot of strength to work with mental patients. In my opinion I think that in a way since you have a mental illness, you are able to understand what your patients are going through. I think that you should take some time for yourself and see about going to your doctor and see what meds will work for you and work on any issues that you have, and get an official diagnosis. I hope everything goes well for you and my prayers are with you. Let us know how you're doing.
11 Oct 2011
Hi looney, i see you already have a lot of good advice, i've read most of the answers. I just wanted to add that although work can be very draining when your mental health isn't in perfect condition, i think that someone in your situation is the very best person to work in a mental health facility, because you understand what it is like and can sympathize and also offer a lot of help from someone who knows what it is like. Short term, i think you should see if you can take a break, a couple of weeks off, or reduce your daily hours. Do you have someone you can talk to? Is there a staff support system where you work? Or do you have a counsellor? I have considered working in that field for a long time, and hope one day, when i get back to working, that i will be able to do, and that i will be able to offer my help, having had personal experience in that area. I hope you are soon feeling better and i think the job you are doing is great!
25 Oct 2011
im dealing with trauma, ptsd, depression, panic and anxiety, on top of that on a taper for percocet, i am a CNA and do private home care taking care of an elder women, i love my job, and didnt realize how bad my illnesses were until the morning i found myself giving CPR to my nana till the medics arrived, it was too late, and since then i havnt been the same, full downward spiral for me, i am now in intense therapy, my dr upped my prozac, im on xanax for panic attacks, i did try and go back to work thinking it may help me to continue to give care, the first day was ok, by the second day, just the smell of my client due to all her meds shes on was making me gag, so you see, its up to you and how you feel, it was then i decided to no longer stay in the caregiving field. mabe one day ill be ok to do it again, but as for now, its not even a thought. you will know if its the rite place for you to be.
take it one day, one step at a time, dont over do it because the important person rite now is you, i am here for you and so is the rest of our family here, hang in there, keep comming back to us and let us know how your doing. take care
25 Oct 2011
looney im sorry typing on my cell battery went dead i was gonna say working in your field of work can make anyne looney! Lol maybe sometimes you just need a break it all depands on what problems you are having if you should continue to work only you can know if you are performing your job correctly are you taking your job to hard is it making you sad,worry,anxious,stressed hw does it effect you how are you with the people what problems are you having? I think you have been helpful here are you just over ding it all. Everyne needs a break sometimes or just to slow down put thing I'm perspective. I don't know those i are my thoughts I start trying to post this since 3am now it 412am hope this helps take care best of luck
17 Nov 2011
the universe runs in millions of years, i would think it solely impossible that human ife only exists in the the short time frame we put on it. People like to make labels only in order to understand our universe. many things remain unexplained, the placebo effect is the same beleif that allows god to be true, beleive in something hard enough and it is bound to manifest, don't except labels unless you are truly so disabled that you can not function. If meds are helping it is great, but i hold true that if you put a lie dectetor test on someone and ask if god is real it will come up true, so is it god or belief that is true. Belief being true would be the same as god being true. belief is the strongest medicine we have. YOu indeed can overcome your issues through true believing and true intent in your heart.
IF your disability is not strong enough to make you litreally crazy, if you are even able to think about it, it means you are not crazy, belief and good thoughts and modification of those thoughts can create a peace within that not many find. I would continue to battle your illnesses through introspection for the true answer, and if you indeed see yourself going on meds then do so. But i emplore you to try alternatives, a strong enough belief in anything can actually manifest that anything. You are not a victim of labels, you are a unique individual with unique thoughts, nurture those and you will find a stregnth you never knew you had. If you ever feel you want to conquer the meds, you may as well try, no harm in trying. Try without them, if it does not work try again with them. Belief can indeed manifest into reality. Thoughts have more power then most people can even comprehend, i wish you luck and see a great future in your future. You can do it, i promise.4 I prefer working through your issues first, mine caused over 25 years of complete suffering to work through, but i am almost there and had the most divine experience happen to me. It was so intense it allowed me to get off of hard drugs without even a thought, it was also so intense it made me not eat for 2 weeks strait and sleep. I quite literally saw a higher power, whatever that means to you. Always try, never give up, i would rather die trying then to not try anymore. You will succeed, but find your own rout to do so. Good luck, i believe one day you will understand and receive the peace you deserve, good luck my friend. Isuees can fully be worked out through introspection and hard work, mentally hard work, which far exceeds actual hard work, for the most difficult undertaking a man can take is that of self introspection. I truly wish you luck, but deep down i know you will succeed. Attachments cause pain, once you understand this line you will understand more about yourself, anyone who suffers is a very strong individual. THe best teacher is not the teacher who has experienced nothing but textbooks, the greatest teachers learn from harsh life experiences, choose to fix those problems and go on to show the lessons they have learned to others in the hopes they too will not go through the same. The best way to serve god as you believe in him is to serve others, and that is the most righteous cause, whether society says you are fit to do so or not. Love yourself, respect yourself and teach others what you have learned. Good luck
The Last Adam
27 Nov 2011
wow... your defiantly not loony it just sounds to me like a lot of stress this might sound crazy but try some herbal teas and meditation works for me and i would definitely make sure your on the right meds that could also be a contributor to the issues your having.
27 Nov 2011
Hey girl! Gotta agree with the others about changing the name. I'm no genious, but I am smart enough to know stress causes more stress, and you appear stressed. You need to work on you before you can help anyone else. The question really doesn't have an answer, because you allready answered it when you said you sometimes felt like you were going to lose every ounce of sanity. Yep! I agree with what the others say honey! Please talk to your doctor and tell him what you told us. You don't know if you're on the right meds. And hopefully you will get on the right ones and be able to pursue whatever you want girl. But you have to be ready for it! So you go gir!!!
2 Dec 2011
Work can be a saviour for us or it can be a nightmare. You experience both so the answer is really quite clear to me. That is, get well or at least stable yourself so you can love your job ALL the time.
Remember there is nothing different about mental patients really. If you care for people with any illness then that's what they are. Just people who are ill. Try not to categorise and compare yourself to them as we are all different and have different problems too.
The most important thing though is you getting as well as you can. Looking after you first so you can help others as you like. One of the most satisfying things we can do is help others, even if we get paid to do it. It's fulfilling.
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