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Successful career + mental health diagnosis. It's possible

Are you concerned that a mental health diagnosis for you would sound the end of your career? If you are concerned that having a mental health diagnosis will negatively impact your career opportunities, you needn’t be. I have been fortunate enough to work with many successful people who have had mental health diagnoses and in my second career as a psychotherapist, I have had the privilege of supporting clients while they establish and grow their careers with a diagnosis. What these groups of people have in common is that they have accepted their diagnosis and chosen to build a career on their own terms, so they can leverage their strengths and build a sustainable career and lifestyle.  

 

A mental health diagnosis doesn’t have to define who you are or what you can contribute at work. Like many well people, you just need to find your way of working, that brings out the best in you and that supports you.

 

If you have been diagnosed with a mental...

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10 Daily Mood-Boosting Rituals

When people think of their mood, they often think of just of being in a good mood or a bad mood. But the truth is, there is a lot of moods that exist in between these two extremes. Things like stress, daily habits, physical stress, and so many other factors go into how you feel.

 

Your mood is not just good or bad, it can include being stressed, anxious, fearful, relaxed and calm, tense and agitated.

 

If you feel like you don’t have balanced moods, or you are constantly moving from one extreme or another, it might be time to take a look at your habits, daily routines, and how you spend your time. These all have such a large impact on your moods and how you feel.

 

What Causes Shifts in Your Mood?

One of the most surprising things about mood fluctuations is how many things in your everyday life can change your mood. Some of which you may have control over and others not. The more you understand about your own mood changes, the more you can decide what lifestyle...

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Hypercritical people: 7 Strategies for dealing with them

Love them or loathe them, they’re out there! If you haven’t come across one in your lifetime yet, consider yourself lucky. I have had the misfortune to come across a few in my working career and honestly, I don’t feel better for it.

 

Fortunately, they’re easier to avoid outside of work.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all up for feedback and improving my performance however when the feedback feels like nitpicking and makes you feel useless then you know it’s more about them than it is about you. Something I wish I’d known when it first happened to me.

 

Over the years I have learned that these people struggle to experience joy, because if they did, what would there be to give feedback on? Many I believe are looking for perfection to help them feel safe and control their environment. Another way they can do this is to take great pleasure in picking out ‘mistakes’ and bringing them to your attention. This...

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Hooray! Burnout does exist

Workplace “burn-out” is finally recognised as a condition

The World Health Assembly in Geneva, which finished yesterday (28 May 2019) has for the first-time recognised burn-out. This means it can be included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which is widely used as a benchmark for diagnosis and health insurers.

According to the classification, burn-out refers specifically to it occurring in the work context and it cannot be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.

A positive step forward

This is a positive step forward for people who suffer from workplace burn-out. It provides recognition that a growing number of working people are suffering from it and that it may require medical intervention. Of course, counsellors and psychotherapists working outside of the medical model have always recognised burn-out as a legitimate condition and treated it as such. However, with this recognition from the medical model, people may be more inclined...

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