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Separating Your Psychology Career from your Personal Life

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Separating Your Psychology Career from your Personal Life

In a typical 9-5 job, at the end of the day you go home and don’t have to think about your work until the next morning. For those in the medical field, however, especially who have a position in any psychology career, it’s difficult to refrain from bringing work home. A psychologist’s day is spent meeting with patients, but it doesn’t end before rush hour traffic. At home, there are new patients’ histories that need to be read over again, diagnoses to be double checked, medication doses to be changed and more research to be studied. More than just a heavy workload is the amount of stress that goes along with this high pressure position. You try to help your patients, but if they don’t progress, it’s easy to feel as though the fault is yours. Getting overwhelmed and having a mental breakdown, though, is not part of the psychologist job description. It’s more important than ever to take time for yourself. You’re listening to sad stories every day, watching people mentally and emotionally struggle with themselves. Take days to yourself where you absolutely do no work at all. Take longer vacations and go away somewhere; make sure you’re unavailable to take calls but have another trusted psychologist there for your patients in an emergency. Have outside activities. Don’t talk about work too much with family. You won’t be able to help anyone if your own mind is not at peace.



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