A fine line between sanity and insanity.....  

Passionatelove70 47F
262 posts
3/3/2006 8:02 pm

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A fine line between sanity and insanity.....

I met with a client today. The guy suffers from Major Depression and it has affected his ability to function so much that he has gone from being a high priced attorney to working a few hours a week as a clerk. It was nice for a change to speak with an intelligent client. Seems all to often my clients are not that bright or of average intelligence.
This guy today stands out in my mind because, mental illness, just like physical illness, can strick anyone of us it seems at any time in our life.......and we may never be the same again. He said he feels useless to society because he isn't really doing much for work. I tried my best to set him straight and explain that he is suffering from a MAJOR ILLNESS. He keeps searching for job after job but gets turned down. His intelligence can only hide so much of his inner turmoil. I did my best to get him to see the light of truth - that he is presently disabled and needs to focus on getting himself psychologically better before focusing on finding a job. He agreed and said it does seem like he was putting the cart before the horse.
So many people I meet and talk with over the phone at work. I feel like I've touched so many lives.....I can only pray that I've made a difference.
My maternal grandmother died about 2 years ago. I loved her very much and think of her often and get tearful due to missing her. She spoiled me and my two siblings when we were young - when my parents were so cheap we were lucky to go to McDonald's once a year! Anyway, my gram always would do something nice/good and tell me with a glimmer in her eye that she did her "good deed" for the day.
It seems my employment as a Social Worker allows me the opportunity to do many good deeds each day. I am thankful for that but yet burdened all the same. I feel often that the weight of so many people's worlds is on my shoulders.
Things have been so incredibly busy at work! I've been at the same place for 3 1/2 years and it's never been like this! I can't keep up and so I feel like I am not providing people with the amount of help they need. I pray that "this too shall pass".....and pass ASAP! I'm so burned out too - dreading going to work, knowing what awaits me......call after call, person after person......everyone in crisis. UGH!

Well, just wanted you to think about doing your good deed for each day..... there are so many people that are in need of help in so many ways. Some say it takes a village to raise a child. I believe that is true and that the village shouldn't desert the child once they have become and adult. As adults we have so many responsibilities.....careers, children, households, pets, bills, etc, etc.
So take time to make sure you've done your part to help another person each day!
Take care all!

gnr8nrg 47M

3/4/2006 9:31 pm

I'm sure you make a difference. They may not tell you, but you do matter. I've been with my client for almost two years now and I stay because he is a joy to work with. You deal with many people who are probably only going to get a hold of you when they are in a crisis. I hope you have a release for the energy that they may put into your space. Remember to take care of yourself. If you think of your energy as a pitcher of water that pours out with every client, you need to find a way to refill yourself.

smackyman 47M
3849 posts
3/8/2006 11:36 pm

Great post! I have a lot of friends that are social workers and they always seem to at some point - question whether they are making a difference - and I tell them that they are. It must be hard not to get caught up in some of the more sad stories. And it is good to see that you haven't lost your compassion by being exposed to too much sadness and becoming desensitized.
Tomorrow I will do what I can for a good deed! A truly good message.

fillallmy 52F

3/12/2006 11:05 pm

u know r making a huge difference Sweetie just one at time and maybe it is small baby steps but I do know from all our talks u have made a difference in mine ..And u know my soap opera of a life hehehe

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