As a mental health professional, you have to be the sounding board and emotional support for your client. You can be of help to others when you are taken care of first.
Almost half of practising mental health professionals are found to be clinically depressed due to the feelings of failure, burnout, personal issues, daily stress and emotional challenges. Self-diagnosis is difficult in such situations; they require a third person’s opinion
The profession filled with stress, catering to others’ issues and emotional rollercoasters catches up as the mental health professional grows older. The cognitive skills of the professional begin declining gradually.
Mental health professionals undergo stress nearly everyday, most of it being emotional in nature. The stress relieving techniques we propagate are most beneficial when practised simultaneously to therapy.
In addition to challenges in personal life, pre-existing genetics, mental health professionals are exposed to numerous personalities and their issues. All of which causes slight changes in the subconscious and unconscious mind of the therapist.
The impact of being surrounded by psychological disorders every day is seen in the odd behaviour and approach in life of mental health professionals. Some have psychotic symptoms which may seem normal to them but are detected by others.
Long term depression results in risky behaviour, reduction in functionality, addictions, suicidal ideation, anhedonia, loss of appetite and physical illnesses.
Ignored cognitive decline leads to loss of functionality, memory loss, attention deficits and loss of motor skills.
Untreated personality disorders hamper interpersonal relationships, social functioning and occupational productivity leading to a state of dysfunction in severe cases.
When not treated, psychosis can lead to physical illness, legal and financial difficulties, dysfunctionality and even suicidal behaviour..
What you will get from therapy
Therapy will provide you the non-judgemental space for venting out your emotions
The trauma, stress, burnout has to be dealt with regularly to avoid overwhelming pile ups; which is possible through healthy coping techniques.
Working through the other mental health issues will eventually affect your sleep pattern and quality for the better.
Psychologists also face problems in life, regarding health and relationships. Hence, they also undergo mental health issues.Mental illness can affect a psychologist’s performance when working with clients. And detecting those performance issues often requires an outside observer. emotions conjured up for acting may result in sleep deprivation, anger, depression, anxiety and the cyclical nature of the ensuing side effects. Sleep deprivation alone can lead to impaired function, causing some individuals to “acute episodes of psychosis”
Psychiatrists have been shown to be more likely than doctors from other specialties to suffer from a range of mental health problems. Often ignored, their symptoms increase in severity before they begin treatment.