Friday, June 22, 2007

Trying to be professional in an unprofessional profession

The mental health industry is the most unhealthy and unprofessional work a person can work in. It is a job that is driven by emotion and is completely illogical. Of course this is completely expected among that people that are receiving treatment or therapy. However, it is quite surprising when this comes from the people that are supposedly giving the treatment or therapy.
I've worked in this industry for 6 years and the one thing that I have learned is to always say that you trust someone but never actually trust them because it will 9 times out of 10 backfire on you. People in the mental health industry are driven by emotion. Emotional people are dangerous. Emotions make people do stupid things not to mention unprofessional things.
In a REAL business if there is a problem with employees they are expected to work it out and if they can't work it out then they go to their boss or whatever, and apparently the boss is supposed to be unbiased. However, in the REAL business world, most of the time people do one of two things, they either work it out or get over it and move on with their lives. I think that in the mental health industry people will automatically hold a resentment or grudge against that person, even if they say that they work it out, they will still hate each other. I think that it's ridiculous that in the mental health industry people are supposed to be teaching others how to live a healthy lifestyle and how to work out their problems but they can't even seem to do it themselves.
Many people say that people that work in the mental health industry are pretty unhealthy themselves and need therapy. I've decided that they are correct. Anyone that really wants to work in an area like that must be crazy. They can't deal with problems in their own lives so they decide to fix someone's life from the outside. I don't really know what that says about me, do I have a messed up life? Do I need therapy? Or am I one of those people that actually have good idealistic intentions to touch someones life in a positive way? I guess we won't know.....

1 comment:

Candace said...

This one hits far too close to home, Jess. I understand what you are saying and I agree wholeheartedly. Sometimes the therapists (and higher ups) are just as bad as the kids. I feel like this is the perfect example of the blind leading the blind...

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