well the school year just finished and I just was transferred from a bad site. One thing is I feel bad for the new students that are entering the school system in false hopes of being educated by teachers whom have barely any education.
I was sitting with a teacher whom just finished her Education Degree. She went into the profession b/c she works 10 months, is finished by 3pm and has 2 months off for the summer. Already she sounds like a genius right?? But what was most disturbing was that she told me of a student that was into a certain culture, and would not dress like all of the other students, this particular girl would wear black and was depressed all of the time. What I found most important was this teacher's comment "I wish she could just wake up and get over it, I just wanted to smack her and say stop it!!", and this is when I lost my faith in professionals- This is b/c I have seen this same attitude with OTs PTs Nurses, teachers, social workers, and people in general.
As an OT I worked in psych facilities, and almost every other type of setting an OT can work, and I abhor this type of ignorance. Yet this mentality is accepted in American and world society. In my town a girl just killed herself, and again, and I am thinking what did her parents do to try to get her some help. I believe in going against the grain and being unique, and trying to help others understand, I read the August issue for OT advance and that is what prompted this response. We as professionals should not assist in the labeling or stereotyping of individuals with mental illness.
My supervisor at a well known Manhattan hospital said to her fellow therapists "I saw on the weekend one of our pts with her daughter, her daughter was wearing all black and she just looked all depressed, what a disgrace to her mother!!". I said nothing, cause I guess being a guy therapist in an all female environment does not grant me any hope of ever being right. Maybe if I was born in Rhode Island of parents whose marriage was picture perfect, and her father was a teacher (go figure!) I might have a chance of educating my peers. I was not so lucky, I was getting beat up in the inner city projects, and paid my way through college only to find that the people whom are supposed to educate the young are even more biased themselves.
I only ask one thing (cause as a male therapist I can't say anything in this profession) if you are an experienced female therapist, and someone opens their mouth ignorantly about mental disorders, please engage them in hopes of enlightening them somewhat-
up the irons, cause if I had money I'd buy you a beer