Hello, friends! In this episode, I tackle two questions relating to family. The first looks at the expectation that can be placed on you to ‘treat’ family members when you are studying Psychology, while the second considers the inheritance of mental illness within families and the worry this can cause.
I really hope to hear about your opinions on an issue that bothers me. Since I started studying Psychology in undergrad, my family have always been excited and hopeful about the outcome of my studies. They have an expectation that because I pursue a career in improving mental health, I should be able to first treat my family members and make sure they are mentally healthy. They told me on multiple occasions that if I can’t even make sure my family members are mentally well, I am considered incompetent in my profession, and pursuing a career in psychology would be useless.
I love my family and nothing makes me happier than seeing them happy and healthy. However, I find treating family members extremely difficult due to the lack of objectiveness. What are your suggestions to how to communicate with them about treating family members, and how I can help family members with mental illnesses?
I appreciate any advice. Thank you so much for your time!
How to deal with the situation where my younger sibling is scared that they will develop the mental illness that I have once they reach adulthood (they’re currently in their younger teenage years)? This illness runs in my family since one of our parents also have it. What are some things they can do to prevent this from happening?
Episode 263 – Related Posts
As well as listening to the podcast, you can also find my thoughts on the questions in written format in these related posts!
Question 1 – Study Psychology? Why your family’s mental health is not your responsibility – Duff The Psych
Question 2 – Will I Inherit a Mental Illness? – Duff The Psych
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