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will I be a hypocrite?? (please help!!) - February 11th 2015, 02:03 AM

ok..so im in the middle of a dilemma ..i want to be a psychiatrist but i suffer from borderline personality disorder..nothing severe though..and my current psychiatrist is really good and the medications are really helping...i have witnesses that how the right medications has helped me to see the light at the end of the tunnel...thats the very reason i want to be a psychiatrist...i want to help people who are going through similar situations ..i really want to help them cause i have been there..and its a horrible place to be and im immensely interested in mental health..nothing else interests me..my other option was to be a neuroscientist but i suck at original ideas..and i dont think i will be able to work in a lab and teach ..that would be very boring...i know its a long road to be a psychiatrist but i know it will be worth it..but my main concern is will i be a hypocrite cause i am myself a mental health patient but not that severe..i tried to kill myself twice but now i realized that suicide is never the option and i really want to work in a psychiatric unit so bad...i dont know what to decide..please help..thank you
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Re: will I be a hypocrite?? (please help!!) - February 11th 2015, 02:34 AM

If you want to do it go for it. I do honestly think since you've been though it you would be able to more empathize with the people you would see. Just like someone that was an addict that recovered from it would make a good addictions counselor.
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Re: will I be a hypocrite?? (please help!!) - February 11th 2015, 04:20 AM

As someone who was recently dismissed from a counseling masters program after being there for over 2 years (it ended up not being anything I did they said my personality just wasn't a good fit, but they waited until I had clients before deciding for sure that it wouldn't work out)

I will tell you this: If you have any kind of mental health concern, it won't disqualify you in most cases, but DON'T disclose it to the program faculty and make sure you have it under control well before you start the program and continue with treatment as long as you're in the profession.

Since psychiatrists for the most part focus on medication management and do less "counseling"-type functions, it might be less of an issue, but the top priority of programs like this is client/patient care and if you struggle with anything that could compromise or interfere with the quality of care you provide, it's a really good idea to have at least one back-up plan because they will take steps to protect the public above all else and that's how it should be.

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Re: will I be a hypocrite?? (please help!!) - February 11th 2015, 05:42 AM

i think that if that is what you want to do then you should go for it. I am by no means an expert in that area but i know that my favorite therapist was one who would talk to me back. I would tell her how I was feeling and she could relate with a story of her own mental breakdown from when she was my age. Hearing how she could relate and how she could overcome really helped me connect with her and begin to get better.
if your own experiences are inspiring you to pursue a career in psychiatry then I think its something you will enjoy and feel passionately about. However, you need to make sure that your are emotionally stable yourself because being in charge of helping others through medication is a big responsibility. I wouldn't think that many places would hire someone who is currently going through problems due to the liabilities associated with that.
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Re: will I be a hypocrite?? (please help!!) - February 11th 2015, 10:23 AM

It shouldn't stop you from doing what you want to do. But be aware of the stresses involved in the job, and make sure that you have structures in place to deal with them. Any work in the mental health field is hard work, and can put a huge amount of stress on you.

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Re: will I be a hypocrite?? (please help!!) - February 12th 2015, 10:53 AM

Hey there!!

If it is what you want to do then go for it. I have suffered from Depression/Suicide Attempts, Self Harm and they think I have BPD. But I'm studying Nursing and finish that soon, I also work in two Psychiatric health hospitals as a Support Worker. I didn't disclose as I didn't have to as it doesn't affect my work so if you think you can hack it and that it won't affect your health, then do it! If anything you can relate to people and understand them better.

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