Ten Facts about Mental Health Professionals

  1. We always make healthy choices
    Every night, I prepare a well-balanced meal of lean meats and vegetables, and then I follow it with a jog around the block. If I’m feeling sassy, I might enjoy half a kit-kat. I have never been known to eat nachos for six days in a row, and then followed them with piles of oreos.

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  1. We follow our own advice
    You know how I’m constantly reminding you of the importance of sleep hygiene, and the evils of using technology right before bed? I totally listen to my own advice. I never text my friends or watch youtube videos in bed. I get a perfect 8.5 hours of sleep every night, no matter what. And I’m also never groggy the next morning!
  1. We’re organized
    My office supplies are so organized, I don’t have any junk drawers in my desk. Okay, I have one. Well, two. Okay, all of the drawers are junk-filled.

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  1. We’re always calm
    True therapists never experience anxiety. We also never curl up under a weighted blanket that was technically made for clients, but is used way more often by us. And none of us have recurrent eye twitches or neck spasms during times of increased stress. That’d just be weird!

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  1. We lead perfect, trouble-free lives
    For me, a bad day means tripping over my bag of diamonds, or having to give my personal masseuse  the night off. I was raised atop a rainbow, surrounded by poetry-reading unicorns. Nothing has ever made me feel scared, or sad, or confused, or angry, or numb.

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  1. We never get into stupid fights with friends or family members
    Everything we say comes out eloquent and respectful, even when we’re frustrated. We never make comments we don’t mean, or silently wish our loved ones would spontaneously disintegrate.

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  1. We’re robots without personalities of our own
    Our idea of fun is to finish a Sudoku puzzle in our plaid pajamas while listening to the sweet, sweet sounds of soft jazz playing in the background. We don’t taste-test cheese-related dishes, and we certainly do not blog about them while sitting on our sofas pantsless. And none of us have dark senses of humor.
  1. We’re always professional and appropriate
    We never challenge our fellow therapists to chair races in the hallway, nor climb on filing cabinets during a rousing game of “lava floor.” We NEVER doze off in our comfy therapy chairs. And we definitely do not trek to the grocery store in stained yoga pants and unwashed hair in order to buy a bottle of wine and a package of premade tamales.

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  1. We always have our shit together
    I don’t know of any therapists who have procrastinated simple tasks for months on end. And none of us have ever drunkenly burst into tears in public, or made choices our mothers would groan at.
  1. We have exceptional insight into ourselves
    Just like we ask you to analyze the reasons behind your behaviors, we’re always doing the  same for our own. We never find ourselves pushing down uncomfortable feelings, putting on a fake smile, and insisting that everything is okay.  And we certainly don’t delude ourselves into thinking that because we’re mental health professionals, we’re suppose to handle all life events with grace.

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21 thoughts on “Ten Facts about Mental Health Professionals

  1. Fantastic. I had a feeling this stuff was true about therapist. Yup.

    Thought about you this Christmas…My son got me a Friends mug with a bunch of quotes all over it and the hubs got me a nighty that says ‘The one where I stay in bed all day watching Friends’

    Yup they get me.

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  2. Holy crap, where did you find that photo under #8? It’s just awesome.

    Well, many arsonists are firefighters, many cops turn criminal, and many rebellious teens turn authoritarian in time, so I guess I’ve always assumed most mental health professionals were intelligent people with neurotic tendencies. Otherwise, why would they be so interested in the human mind? Something had to inspire them…

    Course, I don’t imagine many issue-free people exist, for that matter. It’s probably all a mater of degree.

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    1. Ha! I was trying to find a pic of someone really unkempt and slovenly, but every search term I used kept being up this one. I decided it deserved the spot if it was going to be that persistent 🙂.

      I’ve definitely found that a lot of mental health professionals have been through emotional hard times of their own (or are continuing to), and you’re right – it’s exactly what inspires them to learn more about the mind and be helpful to others. So if you ever decide to join this field, you’ll want to bring along a healthy dose of crazy as well 😉

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