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 Jul 2012
Hello and, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for having the insite to ask yourself this question. It takes bravery and dignity, let no one take that from you. To be up-front, I am Bipolar and wish to give you an honest and outside patient viewpoint. My first question is are you either a Psychiatrist or Therapist? If you are, it might be prudent to take a FMLA leave. I say this, not only for the protection of the patient, but for your protection as well. Putting yourself through each appointment would be a nightmare. If not, I would advise speaking with a therapist you trust and getting their professional opinion. Just working in mental health, you are in a rare and unique position to draw off and trust your co-workers. I could be completely wrong (after all, I am "crazy" :) ), just my thoughts. Hope it helps in even a small way.
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
10 Feb 2012
Helloo looneybin22, Your first sentence would seem to answer your question. Myself I was going to give you a very substancial and very loud NO. Your empathy factor may set itself to high where you will lose track of yourself I know this sounds crazy (no pun intended). But I believe it to be true if you didn't care you wouldn't be there in the first place... My advice would be to transfer if that's possible. Cush
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
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!
14 Apr 2012
I have been a Minister and Advocate for nearly over 35+ years; having multiple degrees. One priority to keep in mind is this:
1) Do not let work get to you, you are there to assist others
2) You must realize that everyone will not be co-operative; as so I frequently have stated repetitiously "you are accountable for your own actions". Before I go beyond this matter and everyone starts jumping on me. Permit me to expound this a little bit.
* Just because someone may have a medical condition; it is imperative that some cases in Psychology and Psychiatry are actually are what is led to believe is not what it appears ... Permit me to provide conclusive facts:
a) A Psychologist or Psychiatrist (or in some cases a Specialist or Physician) may misdiagnose a patient as having a psychological and/or psychiatric disorder / medical condition when actually it is not but another area of what one would call "mitochondria" or "mitochondrial" which is often overlooked and easily to as to sum it up "putting the cart before the horse".
(But hey - we're all humans aren't we? We all make mistakes... Smile!)
b) Some are actually just merely "habits"; for example - there is no mental illness, medical condition, or any type of labeling. It is just that - a habit; for example: think back in "Skool Daze" (play with words) - when you were in Grade School or Elementary School; where often you or someone was scolded by the Teacher for chewing on pencil erasers? Yelled at to stop that obnoxious annoyance of distraction of tapping pencils or writing on desks (or even writing notes to your friend(s))? For girls with long hair, finger twirling ,,, nail biting ... lip smacking... thereon. Before you knew it or that person you knew, it just grew on you. Suddenly, as an Adult, in the workforce - you or that other party is doing the exact same thing. That is not a psychological issue or a psychiatric issue but rather a habit that was developed; just so as one started it, it can be broken. It's easier said than done. There is a problem with this sometimes; because one would often find a new habit in lieu of the old habit (and one wished they had not mentioned it, for the latter is worse than the first). The truth? We all have habits - like it or not; some might not be obvious while others can be quite annoying where how many of us can say that we've been told "Must we do that all the time?"
c) In addendum, as per your employment; you are there because that was where your heart was at. One key point people fail to realize is, the best person to work with are the very individual(s) who have been in their shoes! Nothing is further from truth from there. Would you rather work, if you were a patient with a person who has similar issues "just like me" or with someone who never had it? Think about that for a moment there... I am retired now; moreover, very much still a strong Advocate where many have mistaken me to be a Representative due to so much knowledge attained (some due to degrees and CE's and CME's; others is because "I have it too" - due to multiple medical conditions I have since birth) being so heavily relied upon for info to referrals have been overwhelming since late 70s' era and far more now due to Internet provision and accessibility.
3) Another key factor of employees (regardless of what medical department they are in) is one thing which is all in common; that which many are beginning the titration of the overload of cases/clients/patients (ironically at the same given time there's the "chopping ax" of reduction of Staff Personnel at same given time so as the old adage goes "for want of a horseshoe the battle was lost") is not cutting out very well if you read the the emphasis of the irony. Nevertheless, there is a silver lining in the cloud for more and more facilities are beginning to limit the hours down; reducing that unneeded overload. [Yet, if there were a balance, the scales still would be found wanting.]
a) Time Factor: trying to accomplish XXXX with this case/client/patient in this short span of time which one could nearly imply it is almost futile; due to insufficient time
b) Confusion Factor: the most difficult part here is especially when the case/client/patient is under the influence of medication(s) which affects and impairs the cognitive to mental stability. This would bring up the issue here, if the medication(s) is actually effectual with the individual you are working with. Example: episodes of mood swings that are suddenly manifested so quickly, should be a warning sign or alert that the medication(s) should be checked. There have been cases where case/client/patient had been titrated off completely of (all) medication(s) and were found to be normal. Somnolence complaints were reviewed again, and from that standpoint the proper Specialist was then found and the case/client/patient was deemed mentally sound; with closure and erasure of any mental history of such said individual was wiped out after the confirmation from the proper Specialist that such said individual had XXXX medical condition in addition to another referral to another Specialist for another medical condition was also found.
b-1) There are plenty of such cases available to Medical Professionals and Specialists online and via the PLoS, PubMed, to name a few.
b-2) Side effects were reported to FDA as per protocol standards
c) Family Factor: "Hear Say" versus "The Individual" - there are numerous cases where family members so to quote and unquote have "pushed one over the fence" leading one to believe that they have such said mental yadda, yadda, yadda. As the saying goes "Garbage in, garbage out... " More often as it is said "Children learn what they live... " things that were thrust into the mindset of such said individual to a point where they actually believe a lie. This itself is a tough battle, especially when dealing and confronting family members to relatives; the real source of the problem points to the family. The individual is the traumatized victim. This itself is very time consuming in the Medical Fields' Standards; for it takes one Specialist to glean info, getting to the bottom line. For such Specialists are scarce, yet, are imperative in the Mental Health Field itself, within and without. He/She can read these family to relatives like a book and will know exactly what is the issue and if any corrections in the diagnostics and treatment of the case/client/patient is necessary. It has to be handled with fragile care. Sad to report; many Health Insurances no longer even provide coverages for this (unless if extreme cases such as sexual abuse to some degree of violence; and/or if Police/Sheriff/Child's Welfare Agencies/Domestic Abuse Agencies/etc... request it). The most difficult part is where such parties are deceased which are vital to the whole case study itself in treating this specific individual.
c-1) It is harder to get the case/client/patient to talk about it because of the deep set fear they live in whether the family to relative(s) are deceased or alive; it is even worse if they had been threatened.
c-2) If at such a young age (Garbage in, garbage out... ) had been pushed into their mindset; being it continual onset even to the present status as long as that individual has rapport with XXXX family member or relative or whomever, because of that "trash talk" - as one would properly deem it as "controlling, manipulative (possibility hostile) and negative environment" is in their mindset. Breaking that cycle of "defeat" is not an easy task; must be performed in progression with a lot of patience. Not necessarily the case/client/patient has to be in a Mental Health Facility; but a Case or Social Worker must be needed to maintain the separation of the offending family member/relative(s). The drastic measures, such as change of telephone number, relocation (if possible), so forth - if Case or Social Worker feels that the need be, then it can range from restraining orders to injunction (if an adult). "Re-training" the Adult will require evaluated programs if available as well as a more positive environment; and so forth.
c-3) There are plenty of case fact findings available for Medical Professionals in various areas from AMA to PLoS to PubMed as one would find various facts (old case studies and findings) and with the current and more effectual methods of plans and treatments for various types of cases which are popping anew frequently.
As you can see, this is rather a very long post indeed; yet broad-scoped in the wide array of hope. It does not matter what you have, one can have a medical condition or medical conditions but not let it permit it to get to them yet at the same given time it has made them an extremely valuable asset to the Medical Hospital / Facility - all because of patients demand for that such said specific Physician to Personnel; all because they know that person has it too and is a positive "Role Model" to them.
You can be an AWESOME influence and impact, never be afraid to say (this was my mistake in my early years, yet, hey, we learn from our mistakes; don't we?) what you have ... it makes the case/client/patient feel better and more comfortable.
I would not be surprised if you ended up with 5 star ratings with numerous feedback(s) and comment(s).
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
15 Feb 2013
I believe you
could be in a position to help the patients where you work without talking about your own issues. You are not at work to get help but it can work both ways. You should definitely get diagnosed and on meds if needed, before you start giving advice. I'm not sure what your position is or if you actually are involved in their care, but either way you need to get yourself together so you can utilize your best skills at your job. I hope you are able to take what I say with a grain of salt or take what applies as I don't no all of the details of you or your job.
Take care of your self first and everything else will fall into place.
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.
3 Jan 2013
I just went through this problem. I worked in residential support and truly took a lot of pride in the job I did, and even though i was exhausted fighting my anxiety & depression every day,
I kept at it for fear of letting down family,clients, bosses and myself. people said I was a natural and for 3+ years I worked hard but felt so physically, mentally and emotionally drained every day. Noticing my meds just didn't seem to be doing their job properly and that my new marriage was starting to be severely affected, I weighed the options for weeks. Would I be too depressed if I didn't have my job to focus on? If I see the dr she will prob change meds and that meant starting from scratch AGAIN. Do I have the energy to go on like this? Could i afford things i needed on ei? sadly before I made a firm decision, I had a brutal panic attack during a difficult situation with a client in public. Some things can't be avoided but that day was the end of a job that was very important to me. Something worse could have happened. When you work with clients and you ever question if you should continue, step back, take some time for yourself and get stronger. Every life is important. Every decision has a consequence. For all my own selfish reasons I wish I had stepped back when I questioned myself but thankful no one was hurt. My opinion, just take a little time off for yourself. It's super important for us to take care of our mental health, first and foremost.
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...
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!
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