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Part I of II: A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

This is a great article from The New York Times written by Benedict Carey.

This article portays a snippet of the life of a person living with Schizoaffective disorder, a close cousin of Schizophrenia.

This article tells of a woman who is in the views of most society successful, working in a high powered job and in command of significant resources.

Does she have stress? Of course but she thrives on that stress with the aid of her external supports.

She has family, canine and coworker support.She and her brother were not raised in an invalidating home but one rich in cultural and educational experiences.

One of the things I love most about my profession is how often we gain new knowledge and discover more that we were completely wrong about.

As helping professionals we all to often, with the best of intentions try to help our clients lead full and fufilling lives by shaping their goals, desires, wants and expectations.

So intent on trying to set them up for successes we tell them what we know about their disorder.

We aim their barometers intentionally low to what WE believe is achievable.

Then along comes new studies, new news that shatters all we think and raises our hopes.

I am terribly glad that the person described in this article did not succumb to the earlier therapists with their inaccurate diagnoses and their projected goals.

I am happy that she found a therapist who had the courage to speak to her with a directness, a force but also a compassion who took the time to sit down with her, validate her fears and show her that what he was doing was in her best interests and that he was not going to stifle or otherwise limit her in being productive.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

A High-Profile Executive Job as Defense Against Mental Ills

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