Description: Are clinical psychologists significantly less likely to struggle with depression compared to the general population? What would you predict? On the one hand they are more aware of the issues related to depression and may be more inclined to take steps earlier and thus avoid struggling with the disorder on the other hand in nature of their practice in terms of time pressures in the terms of empathic concerns for the people with her trying to help might push their rates of depression higher. Come up with your own hypothesis and then read the article linked below.
Source: We are not surprised half hour psychologist colleagues are depressed, Anne Cook and Jay Watts, Healthcare Network, The Guardian.
Date: February 17, 2016
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The rates of depression and of simple feelings of depression, according to a recent study looking at British clinical psychologists, are significantly higher than those found in the general population with about 50% of clinical psychologists engaged in private practice providing therapy to clients showing symptoms of or in fact struggling with a formal diagnosis of clinical depression. The article linked above describe some of the possible reasons for why this might be the case. What it raises very clearly, is the issue of self-care is an essential component of the practice of anybody engaged in providing support for her care for others. Social workers for example as part of their basic training are advised to take certain steps to ensure that they are not negatively affected by the empathic demands of their jobs. This is less commonly discussed as part of the training of clinical psychologists and is worth some reflection.
Questions for Discussion:
- What are some of the possible reasons for why the rate of depression is significantly higher among clinical psychologist than in the general population?
- What sorts of things ought clinical psychologists do to lessen the impact of this issue on them as they engage in their day-to-day professional activities?
- What sorts of things ought to be considered in relation to how the provision of psychological therapy my clinical psychologists is managed by groups like Britain’s National health service or by public or private organizations in North America providing such services?
References (Read Further):
Dattilio, F. M. (2015). The Self‐Care of Psychologists and Mental Health Professionals: A Review and Practitioner Guide. Australian Psychologist, 50(6), 393-399.