Mental Health Professionals: Stressed and Worn Out?

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Mental Health Professionals: Stressed and Worn Out?

 Mental Health Professionals: Stressed and Worn Out?Mental health professionals, like psychologists, social workers, therapists or counselors, typically tend to be caring, selfless people who want to help others in need. However, just because you are in the social work or mental health field, it doesn't mean you escape personal demons. In truth, many people who have been touched by, or battled, mental illness or addiction end up working to help others facing similar struggles.

While many mental health professionals give others guidance on how to live healthy lives, it's not unusual that they put themselves on the back burner. It's important to help yourself just as much as you help others. It sounds simple enough, but even the most positive people tend to forget that.

Listen to Yourself and the Advice You Give

As a mental health professional, while helping others may be a passion of yours, don't forget to put your own health and well-being first. This does not make you selfish, it shows that you care about your self-worth and happiness. If you're struggling with personal or mental health related problems, listen to the supportive words you say to others. Step back and think about whether or not you, too, could follow that advice. If the words you spoke could fit into your own life, take the advice and work with it.

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Today's Question: When it comes to providing mental health advice to others, do you follow your own advice? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.



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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Ten Ways to Live Free From Fear
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  3. PTSD Treatments: PTSD Therapy, PTSD Medications Can Help

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • In Treatment, But In Which Language? What You Choose To Speak Can Make A Therapeutic Difference.
  • Mental Disorders And Physical Diseases Co-Occur In Teenagers
  • Around 9% Of Adults With Access To Firearms Have Anger Problems
  • Prevalence Of Major Depression Lower Among African-American Women In Rural Areas
  • Stroke Survivors Are 'At Double The Risk Of Attempting Suicide'
  • Scientists Find Link Between Heavy Facebook Use And Depressive Symptoms
  • Study Of Veterans Finds Family Support During Deployment Reduces Suicidal Thoughts

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APA Reference
Aline, J. (2015, April 8). Mental Health Professionals: Stressed and Worn Out?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 20 from

Last Updated: April 9, 2015

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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