Mental Health Worker Was In Psych. Hospital.

I have a degree in psychology and am working on my master's degree.  I have been working in the mental health field for about ten years.  That does not mean that I haven't ever had my own mental health struggles.

I have been in three inpatient eating disorder treatment center and have been on the psych. ward of a hospital twice.  This totals about eight months of inpatient treatment for anorexia, bulimia, and depression.

Most of my coworkers actually know this, and I am not ashamed.  I learned a lot through my own struggles, which makes me a much better counselor.

behindthemask behindthemask
26-30, F
10 Responses Feb 7, 2007

I agree with you. I'm in college as a social work major/ psychology minor. I dream of one day having my MSW. Back in high school I dealt with depression, suicide and cutting. I've been on medication for almost 4 years and I spent a year in therapy over these things. I'm better now, most better.

that is fantastic.

Most people who get into this field is because they have issues of their own to deal with.<br />
Just remember if you are talking with someone it is about their issues....<br />
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I just wish some would monitor their clients better. I just came from the dollar store where a man who had a client with him helping him shop. He didn't give him clear instruction nor guidance. He just let him have anything he wanted..then didn't have the means to pay for it. (a refugee or a foreigner whom gets assistance btw) I had to gather my things and move. I can sympathize the situation but I just believe the man in need should have been monitored and guided better.<br />
Aradia

Thanks for sharing. You are a truly experienced therapist.

I can see how people get mental disorders<br />
we all have them from time to time.i was<br />
depressed because i could not be 100 pounds<br />
again like i was at 20.the media and the<br />
pubic are responsible for making us feel<br />
this way,so one day i decided to be happy<br />
with me no matter what,i could set up<br />
housekeeping on mars quicker than lose<br />
weight.im going to have that rib or kentucky<br />
fried chicken whenever and might i add<br />
be happy and healthy as long as i dont<br />
over eat.i kno a lot skinny broads that <br />
are unhappy with no one to love,i have<br />
no one myself but i love me and if im a<br />
little crazy im not alone .

i don't like the chemicals either Ischu, but some ppl need them to function... I completely agree that those of us who experience mental illnesses are the ones that will understand best.....

I want to be a psychologist. I think it's more legitimate to say I study the human mind, rather than 'I'm an expert on every mind.' I don't like the chemicals and restraints, all that seem anti therapy to me.

Thank you for sharing this story! It's very encouraging.

A psychologist who experienced the pain, thats great.

Wooohooo! I think anyone who tries to diagnose/treat someone with depression should really try being depressed, at least once. It's not the same thing as what you read in a book. And, it's very unique/intimate/personal...wouldn't you agree? I honestly believe treatement for depression should be defined on a case by case basis. We're gonna have to become experience project buddies! I have about a billion things to say about mental illness, etc...