It comes as no surprise that there are varying opinions in this thread, since that is exactly what happens out there in the real world.
Many people think that being diagnosed with a mental illness means that you're a stereotypical 'crazy' person, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
I know many people effected by mental illness of different types. Some it's a simple chemical balance that can be successfully treated with medication. Some can't find the meds, and some are simply compasionate.
Too much compassion means it's harder to process the atrrocities in the world, and sometimes when you're dealing with raw and tired people you see so much.
It's those compasionate people I'd prefer to see dealing with my son, rather than a clinical person who knows what the textbook indicates he should be doing for his age.
When I was 17 and doing placement in a childcare centre, a diploma qualified worker with 3 kids of her own came in, started her day as normal, then suddenly snapped. She was changing nappies and next thing I know she was crying and shaking a baby. Her youngest who was not yet 1 was having his nappy changed and was crying. Babies and toddlers had a shared bathroom and kitchen. After she was taken into the office and her baby was taken to his room with his own staff, it came out that her 3yo was awake until after midnight, the baby cried most of the night and went to sleep at 3am in her bed, then her 5yo was up before 5 and was tired and cranky and whingy. On top of that, her husband left her a few days earlier which she had not told anyone about. In the end, she stopped work, had a year home with the kids then opened up fdc. It was pretty freaky to witness as a 17yo just entering the field, but it shows that people can snap. Other factors influence mood. She got her life back on track and still does fdc and is in high demand. That was early 1998.
My mental illness has never affected my ability to do my job as well as if not better than my co workers, for me my mental health has if anything made me a more diligent worker, It has made me stronger and I am better able to work through fairly difficult situations as I am able to apply the coping strategies I have learnt from suffering with mental illness.
personally I have no problem disclosing my mental health if I feel it is necessary but only because I think the stigma needs to be removed, and if we keep hiding in the closet so to speak how will we ever get rid of the stigma
See, if someone has a drug and alcohol problem that they're taking to work with them, I suspect THAT is the issue, not the mental illness itself. Take away the drugs and alcohol, and there probably wasn't an real issue.
I can think of a million things that could prevent me from being a good employee - and having anxiety is right near the bottom of that list. It simply would not and does not prevent me from being able to care for other people.
"Mental Illness," is not a blanket thing either. Just because there is someone out there who snapped and went on a killing spree thanks to suffering from some sort of mental illness, doesn't mean that everyone else with a mental illness will ever come close to doing the same thing. There are different types, different reasons for those illnesses, etc. It can't be talked about like it's just one thing which effects everyone the same way.
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