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!
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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
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.
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
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.
8 Mar 2013
When i was diagnosed i was working with mentaly handicap adults. And in my experience i learned that i was not able to do my job as well and they picked up that something was wrong with me. I had worked for the same people before without any problems but that was before i started having any symptoms. To make matters short i ended up having an episode with my boss and upright quit. I had been there a year for the second time. During my diagnoses and trying new meds made it hard for me to work. Its been 2 years and i still have not returned to work.
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!!!
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