do you think its possible to be an ED specialized psychologist and have an ED?

Discussion in 'ED General' started by Mons, Mar 14, 2019 at 1:59 PM.

  1. ^^^
    everyone i know also had their own therapist to deal with the stress of the job

    (sorry my posts are so spazzy today)
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  2. I get that but for some reason it creates discomfort for me. To know at least. I don't expect them to be perfect that's asinine. I'd much rather have a therapist who went through it and overcame it even if they relapsed than not but to not be in recovery and be a therapist is merely a no for me. Good thing for therapists there's always people with problems so regardless of my opinion the OP would be in business still.

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  3. It's entirely possible, I know lots of people in mental health who also have issues themselves. You get MH nurses with bipolar for example. Honestly, it'll make you much more empathetic and relatable.

    Just be warned: it's very triggering to work in that environment - for you as well as for the patients. Also, your colleagues will absolutely call you out if you get underweight or display disordered behaviour. And so might your patients lol. They'll probably be worried/sympathetic, but keep in mind they might also report it.
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  4. yes...simply because EVERY mental health professional I have know has had some kind of issue/dignosis of their own to cope with...including ED...usually their personal life experience is what drew them into the field.

    However I did know one that was already working in the field when their mental illness was diagnosed....a practicing counselor in med school to be a dr when was diagnosed with a shrink now...but knows they have to deal but even that...they had suffered with depression and self harm from teen years.
  5. Psychology student here, I'm starting my masters in the end of summer, honestly I think that yes its possible but you need to be well resolved with your own self in terms of being able to completely separate your problems from your patients and actively help them. Of course it's fulcral to know and actually believe that having an ed it's a disease and it's bad, not right, not normative and obviously not glorify it.

    Actually a lot of psychologists have mental problems
  6. There is a well-documented and researched phenomenon of people who enter mental health fields as a way of healing themselves. Clinical psychologists need to have completed a course of psychotherapy themselves in order to identify and analyze their own baggage, and separate it from their professional therapeutic relationships, so they don't do harm by imposing or projecting their own issues on their patients.

    If you aim NOT to recover (whatever that means to you), this could be a big problem. Look, we all have baggage. We all have bad habits. I think there is a big difference between saying, "I know my own issues, I take responsibility, and I am working on them," and saying, "Do as I say, not as I do." The first is a genuine acknowledgement of the fact that we are all a work in progress, the second is a kind of dissonance that could very well harm your ability to help others.

    If you can get yourself to a point where you might still have struggles and make mistakes from time to time, but are doing your best to lead a functional, healthy life, with a healthy mind, then having a history of ED could even be beneficial to your ability to help others.
  7. you can do it bc free will
    but no i dont think its a good idea whatsoever

    you are stuck in an ed mindset right now, normal healthy brains think completely different. you need to recover to stay alive thats just a fact, and when you recover you will have different goals and needs (do not argue that you will never recover, it's either you recover or you die like that's the only options lmao sorry to be debby downer)

    working around eating disorders your entire life will make it impossible to recover and if you do, you might find yourself in a living hell like a recovered heroin addict in a room full of heroin or that you just aren't passionate about what you chose
  8. I mean, you could technically... But I have 2 main issues with it.

    1. The hypocrisy. You can't honestly expect people to take advice that you, yourself, can't accept. It's disingenuous and would, I'm sure, eventually weigh on your conscious.

    2. Setting a bad example. People with EDs can usually recognize other people with EDs. I'm sure we all try our best not to be judgemental, but I'd be surprised to find that most of us don't privately wonder when we see a really thin person whether or not they have an ED, especially if that person were in the field of treating EDs. I feel like persuing this route would, in the end, trigger the patient and may even cause resentment towards you due to hypocrisy.

    I don't mean this in any harsh sort of way, but it just reminds me of back when I was an addict. When I was in recovery, my sponser ended up using again. I won't say it's entirely her fault, but I was triggered into a relapse because every time I called her for support, she'd be audibly fucked up and I'd end up being the one trying to convince her to stop. Eventually, I said fuck it and went back to using.

    I think, until you're ready to accept recovery yourself, you're in no position to try to council others into recovery. At least on a professional level. Being a supportive friend is always good though.

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