Friday, December 9, 2022

Comments by Erin

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  • I found myself nodding my head in agreement throughout much of this article. However, I am curious if you see any benefit to therapy? It seemed as if you were speaking in absolutes towards the end and placing items into separate boxes. When I think of treatment efficacy, I think of it on a spectrum. Certainly there are terrible interventions with harmful and deadly effects. There are have been many, many people who have been traumatized by the mental health system. I am not trying to take away from that at all. I just also think that sometimes we don’t always recognize when it has been beneficial?
    I am appalled by your work experience at the hospital. I work at a hospital as well, but in an outpatient MH program. The whole time I was reading this I was thinking, this guy should be working here! At our program, recovery isn’t an option, but an expectation. I am constantly telling people that they can and will get better. I work with a large team who generally share this mentality. I find it absolutely tragic that at your last job you were treated in such a manner.
    Lastly, the one thing I full-heartedly disagreed with you on was your point about there being no profit in recovery for the treatment provider. You miss out on one of the primary reasons people enter into this field of work! I am over the moon when my clients experience success, when they are able to wrestle with past demons and move on. When I see someone who has been suffering for so long find relief, it’s just….awesome. I am so happy for them. Some days are really tough, but the successes remind me of why I do what I do. Generally, I do what I do, (Psych. Social Worker), because I love people and I’m passionate about the field and it makes sense to me to earn a living doing something I like. However, as any social worker will probably tell you, I am not in it for the money. I do it because it makes me feel good. When clients have successes, I feel a burst of happiness. I know it’s their success and not mine, but I find it a privilege that I could witness it. Sometimes the ride is bumpy as hell, but they let me come along with them on this ride and that’s really something. I guess I just felt compelled to let you know that, to see that there’s someone IN the system with this mindset?