Mental Illness May Actually Be Contagious: BBC Report

Medical health workers are coming down with mental illness at an alarming rate …

(HEADLINE HEALTH) A troubling new report indicates that mental health staff commonly develop mental health issues of their own.

One mental health doctor who had to take mental health leave told a reporter: “I don’t think I realized it was happening until quite a long way down the road.” © Tomak | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

The problem is so severe in Great Britain, reports the BBC, that 22 percent of mental health treatment professionals take long-term medical leave after developing their own mental disorders.

This could be the first evidence that mental illness is actually contagious – that even professionals pick up the self-destructive attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors of those under their care.

This news is of potential interest to anyone who works with – or lives with – individuals who exhibit mental health symptoms such as negativity, depression, and chronic stress.

As a service to our readers, we provide the BBC’s fascinating report below . . .

 

Mental health staff on long-term stress leave up 22%

(By George Greenwood, BBC News; September 22, 2017)

The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years.Those taking long-term leave of a month or more rose from 7,580 in 2012-13 to 9,285 in 2016-17, BBC freedom of information requests found.

Those taking long-term leave of a month or more rose from 7,580 in 2012-13 to 9,285 in 2016-17, BBC freedom of information requests found.The union Unite said cuts to staff and services were putting extra pressure on front-line mental health workers.

The union Unite said cuts to staff and services were putting extra pressure on front-line mental health workers.The Department of Health said it was transforming mental health care.Out of 81 mental health authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 58 provided the BBC with comparable information.

The Department of Health said it was transforming mental health care.Out of 81 mental health authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 58 provided the BBC with comparable information.

Out of 81 mental health authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 58 provided the BBC with comparable information.

Looking after ourselves

One mental health doctor who had to take mental health leave told a reporter: “I don’t think I realized it was happening until quite a long way down the road.”

She explained that she was getting irritable with her partner, her sleep was disturbed and she couldn’t switch off from work.

“In the end, I went to my GP who offered me a sick note. I was quite taken aback that it was quite so obvious to my GP that I needed to be off work,” she said. READ THE FULL STORY AT BBC.COM. Also of interest to caregivers: “You need to take better care of YOURSELF.”

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