16 Things Mental Health Pros With Mental Illness Want You To Know

In order to understand mental illness, you have to start by asking the question: What is mental health? If you want to know more, below are the things professional wanted us to know more about this illness.

1. Yes, mental health professionals can be diagnosed with and need treatment for mental illness.

Psychological problems are common, and mental health professionals can suffer from mental illness too — and probably just as often as people in the general population.
People assume that, if you’re in the helping profession, you must be in perfect mental health, you must be 100% emotionally competent, and you know how to make all the right choices in life. But the truth is that we’re human. We struggle just like everyone else.

2. Although sometimes we keep it to ourselves because we’re afraid it will affect our professional reputation.

The stigma surrounding mental health problems can be tough to overcome for anyone, but may be particularly challenging for those whose job it is to care for others with mental illness. We may be reluctant to pursue a diagnosis and treatment because we sometimes believe (and may be told by our colleagues) that having a mental illness could hurt our reputation and be bad for our career.

3. Despite our training, we can’t just make our mental illness go away.

Being a mental health professional doesn’t give us super powers. Once we decide to seek help and get diagnosed, we have to go through the same process of figuring out how to treat our illness. And once we figure out what that is, we, too, have to work at it and put in serious time and effort in order to see results.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/shannonrosenberg/we-struggle-with-mental-illnesses-too-guys

 

Coping with a miscarriage

“Miscarriage cans surely affect the emotional and mental health of couples more importantly, the wife. Only after having a miscarriage would someone understand how much it can affect the relationship afterwards. I’d like to send my sympathies if you are one those who encountered such but do not forget that there is still life after losing someone dear to you.”

 

after a miscarriage

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I’m finding it so hard to cope after a miscarriage. Is this normal?

Yes, it’s perfectly normal. Whatever your circumstances, pregnancy loss can be devastating. Your partner and loved ones may find it hard to adjust too.

It’s normal to go through the same grieving process as you would for the loss of a close relative or friend.

As well as this, you are grieving for the loss of your baby’s future and your imagined future as a parent. You may have wondered whether you were having a girl or a boy, or started to think about favourite baby names. This can be especially hard, as the people around you may not grasp this aspect of the grieving process.

You may find yourself in turmoil emotionally and physically, because grieving can affect your mind and body in different ways.

You may feel any or all of the following:

  • Guilty: try to bear in mind that many miscarriages happen for no reason. It is very unlikely to have happened because of anything you did or didn’t do.
  • Angry: sometimes with those close to you or with friends or other members of the family who are pregnant or who’ve had a baby.
  • Overwhelming sorrow: it may seem that everything you had hoped for has been taken away at a stroke.
  • Confused: you may be desperately searching for answers. Unfortunately, for most miscarriages, a cause can’t be found.
  • Anxious and out of control: grief can feel like fear. You may have butterflies in your stomach, feel sick or have an upset stomach. You may go off eating.
  • Shocked and numb: you find it hard to concentrate or become withdrawn.
  • Exhausted: You may feel tired, but unable to sleep. Or you may want to sleep all the time.

Allow yourself to feel what you feel. Everyone’s experience of miscarriage is different and there is no right or wrong way to respond.

If you have already told people about the pregnancy, you will probably dread having to tell them the bad news. Sometimes, expressions of sympathy, instead of being a comfort, can be difficult to handle.

Even if you feel physically fine, you may benefit from taking time off work. Your doctor will be able to provide you with a fit note to